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I have a 1996 johnson outboard that will not start,ive put new pistons abd rings in it,new power pack,coil,rectafr,stator,rebuilt carb,fiel pump and cylanoid and still wont start.

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Some other things that you need to do are check the fuel to be sure that it is ok.
Check the timing
Check the compression and to do this I prefer a cylinder leak down test.

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