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Old 02-23-2014, 11:33 AM
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Engine won't start

I last had my boat running on Christmas Eve when I changed the oil. It stared right up, no problems.

Wanted to take it out today because it's gonna be 80 degrees. Engine would just crank and crank but never fire.

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- 1998 SportStar w/5.0 TBI motor
- I don't winterize because it's kept in a garage...and it's San Antonio.
- battery has plenty of juice
- put brand new plugs in this morning, they were a couple years old and it was the first, quick, easy thing I could think of

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Old 02-23-2014, 11:39 AM
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Safety lanyard. Does it try to fire at all or just crank?

If it is in the lanyard circuit, the gauges shouldn't work.
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Old 02-23-2014, 11:48 AM
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Just cranks. I'll check that.


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Old 02-23-2014, 12:15 PM
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Safety lanyard. Does it try to fire at all or just crank?

If it is in the lanyard circuit, the gauges shouldn't work.

Been there, done that! Also check that the clip is fully depressing the button. I left mine on for a long period of time. The clip stretched out and didn't work properly any more.
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Old 02-23-2014, 12:26 PM
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are the injectors spitting gas?
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Old 02-23-2014, 01:45 PM
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I last had my boat running on Christmas Eve when I changed the oil. It stared right up, no problems.

Wanted to take it out today because it's gonna be 80 degrees. Engine would just crank and crank but never fire.

Notes:
- 1998 SportStar w/5.0 TBI motor
- I don't winterize because it's kept in a garage...and it's San Antonio.
- battery has plenty of juice
- put brand new plugs in this morning, they were a couple years old and it was the first, quick, easy thing I could think of

Any other thoughts?


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Check the coil wire- use the old one, if needed. If you have a timing light, make sure you have spark.
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Old 02-23-2014, 03:05 PM
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I wish I could make this story really cool and tell you how I listened to the engine cranking and was in tune with what it was asking for. Then I would say that I diagnosed and fixed some sort of really complex issue that would make me sound like a true Sunday afternoon hero.

Instead, I'll just tell you that the safety lanyard somehow got bumped out of position. I clicked it back on and she fired right up.

Off to the lake we go!


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Old 02-23-2014, 03:09 PM
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I wish I could make this story really cool and tell you how I listened to the engine cranking and was in tune with what it was asking for. Then I would say that I diagnosed and fixed some sort of really complex issue that would make me sound like a true Sunday afternoon hero.

Instead, I'll just tell you that the safety lanyard somehow got bumped out of position. I clicked it back on and she fired right up.

Off to the lake we go!


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Awesome... Don't forget the plug... Another one we all forget once


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