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Old 11-20-2015, 07:50 PM
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Default Kicker Motors/Warranty ?

I bought a new boat in 2014 with 60hp and a 8hp 4 stroke Mercury in March.
I took it out on the lake in May with the 8hp [10 hp limit] for the first time and couldn't get it to start had to use trolling motor all day.Got it home and tried to get it started. It started but it ran rough so I let it run for a while and it got better.So I took it back out to the lake and ran it for about an hour and it still ran like crap.I took it off the boat for the rest of the season because I started fishing for crappie.Took the new boat in to get the both engines winterize.When I picked the boat up from the dealer they told me that the carburetor on the 8hp needed to be rebuilt because there was still gas left in the carburetor when I took it off the boat.No problem I thought till they told me it wasn't under warranty.They also told me that I needed to run the engine with no gas hooked up to it until it dies out after every time I use it.

Just wondering if Anybody have this problem before ?

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Old 12-02-2015, 06:59 AM
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"When I picked the boat up from the dealer they told me that the carburetor on the 8hp needed to be rebuilt because there was still gas left in the carburetor when I took it off the boat.No problem I thought till they told me it wasn't under warranty.They also told me that I needed to run the engine with no gas hooked up to it until it dies out after every time I use it."

I had sort of the same problem with my 2011, 9hp Merc big foot kicker. I had a hard time starting it every time I would try to use it. Finally took it back to the dealer - he told me basically the same thing your dealer told you. He had to rebuild the carburetor he said Merc put in too small of jets and could not get fuel/air properly. However he rebuilt at no charge to me. He also said to run Seafoam or Quick Clean in every tank full of gas and run the gas out of the kicker after each fishing trip.

I am doing what he suggested and have had no problems with the kicker.
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Old 12-02-2015, 07:21 AM
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My 9.9 didn't run very well when I got it and I couldn't figure out why. I changed the plugs and it changed the motor completely.

Replace them every year no matter what, they are NYK plugs that are about 3-4 a piece, so for $8 you are set.

I never run it out of gas and haven't had an issue since the plugs problem. I think because it is cold blooded and needs some choke to get going it fowls the plugs faster. However this is easy to do as you just pull the fuel line and let it die.

I do let the gas run out of my snowblower which is from the 80s and is a beast.
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Old 12-29-2015, 09:13 PM
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I have a 9.9 on my pro v and had to have it serviced three or four times in the first six years. Mechanic told me to run rec gas. Haven't had a problem since. The only time I drain the kicker is in the fall when I put it away
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Old 12-30-2015, 07:47 AM
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duckbutter,
What type of gas did they recommend ? Was that regular gas ?
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