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Why won't my Sun Tracker Mercury 60 hp pontoon run?

We have a 2000 Sun Tracker Bass Buggy pontoon. I just got it out of the shop from having the carburator rebuiltand cleaned..I put it in the water and it started and ran fine...About 5 minutes later it stopped and wouldn't start...I bought a new battery, checked the park plugs and connections and they are ok..It is a Mercury 60hp..If this post sounds funny - I'm a woman. Any suggestions?

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Need some more info to answer your question. Will the motor not turn over at all or will it turn over and just not crank up?

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I am a Mercury certified technician. What you need to do is take it to a Mercury dealer and have them hook it up to the computer. It sounds like the engine could be in Guardian mode or possibly a high RPM misfire. It is not something that is common and the computer program that Mercury has for those is able to test misfires and all sorts of cool stuff. It can also tell you if the engine was broke in properly, how many actual running hours are on it and even at what RPM each hour was ran. It will be able to bring up all faults that it has had in the past and any faults that are current. I know that you are probably looking for a quick, easy fix but for this problem I dont think that there is any way around taking the engine in. For what it is worth, if they charge you for more than 2 hours to run it on the computer then take it somewhere else. I can fully test the engine with the computer in about an hour. The only reason that it would take any longer is if they had to put it in the water to duplicate the problem but most shops will have a test tank that is capable of running your engine under a load at full throttle. Sorry for the bad news but I cant think of any other way and throwing new parts at it is just going to get expensive quick.

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My first thought is that the throttle lever is being pushed so far forward ( max RPM's ) that you are running the engine 1/2 or better choked
Look at the choke butterfly with the throttle in your normal run position it should be completely open
This may require and adjustment in the control rods or might be as simple as not pushing the throttle wide open

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SOURCE: have a 2000 yamaha XL700 waverunner. Will not

If the waverunner has an electronic "key" lock, it could have gotten tripped. We had this problem happen in the past where everything was fine, then it was tipped over and quickly back up... suddenly it wouldn't start. Used the remote and unlocked it - then it started!

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SOURCE: 25 hp mariner outboard runs ok for 2klm then

does it have the old type timming advance (non adjustable) get it timming through the cd switch. if so could be this but o/b man should have ched this change your gas hose and pump bulb if you sure no electrical problems

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SOURCE: 2000 Saab 9 5 ran low on gas, fueled up and then

cant prime, loosen line up to purge air

Posted on May 20, 2011

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