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Hello my name is ***** ***** am I speaking with? I read what you wrote. Mercurys are cataloged by serial number, do you happen to have that number handy so I can look it up?
Hmmm... Serial number aside I don't see any kinds of question either. Obviously there is a 50/50 chance the engine is seized up. Did you try taking the plugs out and turning it over by hand?
Just pull the spark plugs out, then turn the flywheel by hand, or if it has a rope on it, pull the rope.
Could you get it to budge at all with the rope?
That's not really a good sign, as you should be able to pull it over, the only thing left to do would be to pull the spark plugs out, throw a wrench on the flywheel, and try and turn it. If it doesn't turn, it's seized up. Did you have any futher or more specific questions on the issue?
When the spark plugs are in there is engine compression, when you take the plugs out there is no compression. What do you mean exactly by EGS system? I have never heard of that term before
The guardian system is just electronics, it doesn't do anything to mechanically lock the engine. There is no sensor to be reset. odds are here that this engine is seized up. Do you want to get back to me later when you are actually near the motor and have that serial number so we can test it?
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Okay catch you later.
Hi Steve. I'm available now. I typically sign off for the night around 7 PM EST
I should be around then. Just reply back around that time and we can set up a call.
Its' normal to hear the clicking when you spin the prop. That is the clutch rattling around in the lower unit. You know what needs to be done, with the turning of the flywheel. Did you have any further questions on the issue?
Are you turning that prop clockwise or counter clockwise?
Got it. It's normal. The clutch in the lower unit is a 1 way ratcheting dog style clutch. The clutch will ratchet in 1 direction, and lock on the opposite direction. Click this link for a video, it works just like this - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpQpAXu4wOg
There is a lockout on the recoil starter assembly (the rope start mechanism). That lockout prevents the engine from turning over while in gear. When you go to turn the flywheel by hand, make sure you remove the recoil starter assembly first, that way the lockout is not in place.
Correct. Once you remove the rope start mechanism as a whole, that takes the lockout mechanism out of the loop.
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