1993 Johnson 60HP intermittent starting problems

Discussion in 'Bubba's Outboards' started by ghabicht, Aug 29, 2009.

  1. ghabicht

    ghabicht New Member

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    I have a 1993 60HP Johnson that sometimes starts fine and the next day won't start at all. It seems to be getting no spark. If I get it started, it runs very rough (on maybe 2 cylinders) until it warms up. After it's been running about 5 mins, it will run fine and start easily all day long. The next day maybe not. The powerpack was replace 2 years ago and seems to be getting power OK, although I'm not completely sure how to test it. I replaced the oil "beeper" at the end of last season and thought it was maybe a kill switch or electrical connection problem, but all of the wires seem to check out. I am getting juice everywhere on the motor, but often no spark.
    Any suggestions on where else to look?

    Gary
     
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2009
  2. Bobpaul

    Bobpaul New Member

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    How is it, that you know you're not getting spark?
     

  3. Ecfool

    Ecfool New Member

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    Jmm maybe used the "honey" test

    ya know "honey hold this wire n put yur other hand here while I crank this motor"

    If honey slaps sheet outa ya after she jumps from slight shock ya knows ya gots spark
     
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  4. ghabicht

    ghabicht New Member

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    I just bought a spark tester and it showed than I AM getting a spark. My next course of action is to pull the carbs and clean them out thoroughly. Hopefully that will solve the problem...
     
  5. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    Very likely to be your carbs... Also don't overlook older hose and primer bulb between your fuel tank and all the way to the carbs. I had a friend recently that was having similar problems, cleaning alone didn't fix it; he finally found deteriorated hoses, cracks, etc; probably ethanol related. After replacing all the hoses, the engine is running just fine.
     
  6. rclark

    rclark New Member

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    That's funny stuff right there!:big_smile::smile2::smile2::smile2: