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Old 07-07-2015, 11:06 PM
lrbaumer lrbaumer is offline
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engine kills when put in neutral

My engine dies when shift to neutral. Carb was just cleaned and new seals and gaskets. Engine runs good when I can get it in gear fast before stall. Do I just tighten throttle link? It is at 800 rpm with I little throttle. This is a pain trying to push In button and shift into gear before stall.
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Old 07-07-2015, 11:25 PM
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You probably have a vacuum leak at the base gasket for the carb. This will prevent a decent idle speed. Check by spraying carb cleaner while the boat is running. Pull the silver pin to allow a little fast idle. Have it idling as slow as possible. If the engine speeds up when you spray the carb cleaner, you found your leak.

Where are your idle mixture screws set? Should be 1.5 turns out from lightly seated.

Lots of basics will prevent a proper idle. Points & condenser (of not EI), plugs, dist cap & rotor, timing......
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Old 07-08-2015, 12:25 AM
lrbaumer lrbaumer is offline
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Thanks for the tips. I'll check screws and test for vacuum leak.ill post update
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