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1999 200HP johnson boggs down when put in gear

Was running fine my power head is less than 2yrs i mix the oil (lost first engine VRO went out) engine runs fine til i put it in gear and it just bogggggs down i have changed bulb filter was running about 45 or 50mph when the problem hit

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Check your tank screen. Check your lower unit and the propshaft for fishing line wrapped around it. Check under the cover and observe the wires on the stator which turn to advance the timing. It sounds like you have no torque.

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I am ready to purchase a boat with a 1990 Johnson 150 hp vro outboard motor. I have read that there may be an oil problem with this model and what the cost may be to correct it. Thanks Al

The following link may help you decide. It is a discussion of Variable Ratio Oiler vs Premix oil and fuel.
There are arguments on both sides that you should read.

This person likes the VRO, but has a list of maintenance requirements to keep it working well. With a 17 year old engine There are a lot of points of failure that need to be considered. If the VRO fails the engine self destructs.

Keep your VRO.

The Trailer Boats Magazine article in Feb 2000 has lots of good tips to keep your VRO running. Here is a short summary:

Sediment and/or water can build up on the bottom of the oil tank. Draw a sample from the bottom with a turkey baster and squirt it into a jar. If it lookt like you have water and/or dirt, remove and drain the tank. Clean throughly, replace filter and purge/replace the oil line. This sounds like a good thing to do annually.

Replace clear oil cap with black (#176217)

Inspect all oil lines carefully ! If oil lines are more than a few years old (or are smooth vinyl) replace with 1/4" ID rubber (#333485). Avoid tie wraps and worm gear clamps in favor of OEM rachet clamps (#333654).

Inspect all vaccuum lines carefully !! If more than a few years old, replace them.

Inspect all fuel lines carefully !! Clogged filters, anti-siphon valves, kinked lines will cause problems.

Install blue pulse limiter (#435009) to protect VRO from backfires.

Don't run carbs dry as you will suck in too much oil !

There are lots more tips that are model year specific, so go to your local library.

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I have a 1988 hurricane deck boat with a johnson 110 vro does it have a separate oil tank or do I mix the gas and oil in the gas tank?

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Just mix oil in the gas and go for it. did it on VRO, all the time.

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sounds like your little relays are bad .

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the older ones are dependable but they all exspecly being that old its better to be safe than sorry its if it were mine i would mix the gas thats what i tell all my coust the 90 thr 1999 omc vro were terrible the fill the carbs full of oil so i would just mix it that way u know its right just use good oil and that engine will last a very long time good luck

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