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Mercury outbord motor

Will drop 600rpm but not miss

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You may have this posted in the wrong product category. Please select another category appropriate to the problem and re-post the problem so the correct expert will see and respond to the question..
This is for car and truck problems related to factory installed systems not add on aftermarket systems.
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Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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