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I have a evinrude 3.3hp outboard that starts and runs sweet for about 5mins then starts surging and stalls. tank is clean fuel lines good took carby out and it looks good no dirt in it ,please help me as im keen to go fishing but dont want to paddle the boat home again, my arms are killing me.

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Are you positive that all the fuel lines are good.and the primer ball is good? i have had a problem also like that and it turned out that there was some dry rot in the line that would make it **** air.this may be your problem...

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Hi i once had same problem with my johnson it was a small thermostat that was partially blocked and cut the engine once it heated it seemed very like a fuel prob at the time but that is what was up tight lines

Posted on May 18, 2009

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