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Hi,I have a evinrude 90hp 1998 motor and only recently had it serviced( 6 mnths ago).Its been going great guns ,starts easily but this morning it all turned to custard.The usual startup was fine and nothing seemed amiss until after about a mile out the engine cut out and we were unable to get it started from that point.We checked the gas lines and that seemed okay, pumped the gas until the bulge got hard and tried starting again.The motor would not ignite and it seemed like the bulge in the gas line had lost its hardness/compression??.Is this a possible major problem or can i do some trouble shooting things first off.Id appreciate any advice thankyou wally

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  • ltbonrye Apr 05, 2009

    i had the same problem with my 90 ....check the in line fuse goinjg to the coil

  • Lakebolfing May 04, 2009

    I HAVE A 1988 EVINRUDE 40HP. NEW FUEL PUMP, HAD THE CARBS CLEANED, NEW PLUGS, HOWEVER WHEN I MOVE THE IDLE ARM UP, THE MOTOR REVES UP AND BACK DOWN AND KEEPS DOING THE SAME THING.?? IN THE WATER I NEED TO KEEP CHOKING..

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Offhand your description "engine cut out" could only indicate two possibilities:

  • no fuel;
  • no spark.
Since you further described that the "bulge in the gas line had l...", then it can be assumed that there is fuel and it is getting to the motor. Assuming that this is the case, fuel present and reaching the engine, that would leave us with the spark.

A way of verifying spark presence in the plug(s) would be to remove one of the plugs, connect back the sparkplug wire and let it lay on any metal part of the engine, switch on and start. There should be a noticeable spark jumping on the electrode of the plug. If none, then the problem is narrowed down to the ignition system which could include the ignition coil, ignition module and the trigger pulse coil. Of the 3, most likelihood to be faulty would be the ignition module. Still, the coil could be tested with a continuity/VOM tester, same with the pulser. In some instances, it could just be the wire connected to the engine ON/OFF.

If there is spark, then we go back to fuel; is it reaching the combustion chamber at the right time and air/fuel mix.

Good luck and Thank you for using FixYa. Happy Holidays.

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