View Full Version : 88 Prostar running funny

06-12-2012, 08:47 PM
I am new to team talk, but have owned my 88 pro star 190 for about 8 years. It has always ran fine until this year. I swapped plugs last year and the points have already been replaced to the electronic. At first it would pull good and strong out of the hole and only at high speed it would start to cough or sputter. I let it sit for two weeks and went back out and now it is doing it when trying to pull someone out? Also it cranks right up when cold, first time. Then when warm out on the water I'm sometimes scared to turn it off, because restarts can be quite challenging. Sometimes if I'm lucky on a warm restart i can turn it over for a couple of seconds then bump the throtle into reverse ever so quick and back to neutral and it will fire back.

any suggestions?


06-12-2012, 11:39 PM
If the dist cap & rotor are in good shape and not too old, and you feel that you don't have a fuel problem, I would suspect your carb is in need of an overhaul.

06-13-2012, 12:11 AM
Yep sounds like carb. My warm restart issue was because when the boat was shut off it was dripping fuel off the primary boosters inside the carb which in return floods the engine. When u move the throttle you clear the extra fuel by adding more air. While ideing or shut down after warmed up look down inside the primary side of carb it SHOULDN'T BE DRIPPING ANY FUEL. Floats need adjusting along with new needle and seats which can be ordered. Hope this helps, I just went thru this problem myself and learned alot. Do a search and you will find a few post about warm restarts.

06-13-2012, 09:37 AM
thanks, i will try to warm it up one night this week and inspect for dripping fuel. would that make it sputter or cough when under load?

06-13-2012, 09:39 AM
i will also drain and replace fuel and fuel filters. If i'm not mistaken, ther is a filter at the tank, before the fuel pump, and a strainer where the fuel line meets the carb. Does that sound right?

06-13-2012, 11:46 AM
Sounds like you are having similar problems to what I had with my '87 TriStar. It ended up being the rubber fuel line from the tank to the pump. Ethanol in the fuel deteriorates the rubber and causes the fuel pump to collapse the line cutting off fuel at high RPM or load situation. Cost about $14 easy repair.

06-15-2012, 11:07 AM
thanks to all your help, checked plug gaps - they were all wrong, changed loose belt, changed impeller, cleaned spark arrestor, changed fuel filter, changed oil.

took it out last night and it ran like a champ, no hesitation or sputtering at all!!

06-15-2012, 11:51 AM
Love the simple fixes.

06-18-2012, 11:07 AM
It is nice when things work out the easy way.