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I have 70's 9.8 mercury motor it start with starter fluid

It starts with starting fluid but then shuts off, it won't start without starting fluid

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You can seize the bearings real quick with starting fluid. You found out it has spark. Now you need to find out if you are getting fuel. Some of the gas tanks have a strainer and you need to pull the gas gauge from the tank and check the bottom of the tube for the strainer. If it is clean follow the fuel line up into the motor to the fuel pump. There may be a strainer inside the pump. If this is clean reassemble everything. With the gas line disconnected from the motor pump the bulb. Use a ballpoint pin on the checkball and see if gas will flow. Reconnect everything and pump the bulb, it should remain filled and hard. Now choke the motor and pull the starter. It should try to start. Aside from fouled plugs and bad gas if it hits with starting fluid it should run.

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