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Chocking n sputtering n dying like not getting gas or water

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Chocking n sputtering n dying like not getting gas or water in gas. How do I check to see if fuel pump is ok?
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Customer: I have a 2003 stratos w a 200 mercury. Going across lake boat died..eventually started, ran enough to get back to dock..chocked n sputtered. Fuel pump?
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Customer: I drained all the gas out of it ..but just had thought about potential fuel pump issues
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

Hello, my name is***** will assist you.

There are several ways to test a fuel pump, depending on the engine. If it is a carb engine, remove the inlet hose to the top carb, then crank the engine, you should get fuel out of the hose. It it is EFI or DFI, It is a simple key on test to see if you can hear the pumps run or not. But first, I would make sure that there is not any water in the fuel tank.

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