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I have a 1994 V4 90 HP Model J90TLERC that will not start in

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I have a 1994 Johnson V4 90 HP Model J90TLERC that will not start in the water but starts everytime on the muffs, I just spent 800 dollars and had the carburetors worked on and the Dealer replaced both Thermostats, Bowls on the Carbs and just tells me that I should take it to the lake to try it, but it just wont start even when I use the Key Switch to help Choke the engine and then even try to use the Throttle lever to get it started any suggestions
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Boat
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The engine just cranks and will not start in the water, but yet on the muffs it starts right up ???
Expert:  Jeff G. replied 2 years ago.

You need to take the boat back to the dealer. He should at least have a test tank or water test it for you.

When the engine is on the flushing devise the entire exhaust system is open to the atmosphere, just about any engine will start, there is no back pressure on the exhaust. When you put it in the water the water acts as a load one the engine. The engine has to work harder to push the exhaust through the water. It is designed this way. That's why just running on the hose after a repair like yours is not a good test at all. In addition the carbs must be syncronized and the linkage including the idle speed set in the water.

I would have a talk with the service manager or owner of the dealership. It specifies in the service manual to set these in the water.

As for your problem is is possible the carbs are just not right. Thermostats will not keep a motor from starting, they regulate the cooling water after the engine warms up.

When you start that motor you should be advancing the throttle. The engine has a primer system, when the fuel is under pressure, such as when the engine is turning over the primer opens a circuit and allows fuel to flow into the intake.

Advance the throttle or warm up lever about 1/2 way. Turn key to ON. Push key in, you should hear a slight click. While holding the key in turn to crank the engine. Engine should readily start. Once it starts you may have to push the key in briefly to keep the engine from stalling the first few seconds. Once the engine is running lower the throttle as low as possible without stalling the engine.

So in addition to talking to the service manager ask them did they do a compression test? Results?

Did they do a spark and timing test?

If the changed the thermostats, why if they didn't run the engine in the water? How could they tell they both were bad? Not likely. Why were the carb bowls changed, unlikely all 4 were bad. I would also contact Evinrude if you don't get good answers. Sounds like you were taken for a ride. Sorry.

Let me know how I can help further.