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the engine when it’s running. If you’re
running the engine with the boat out of
the water, follow the engine manual on
how to do this – most likely, you’ll need a
set of outboard muffs or a barrel to provide cooling water. Begin with running
your engine until it warms up to normal
operating temperature, then follow this
1. Beware of the danger from a spinning
propeller should you inadvertently start
the engine or shift while setting up. Do
what is required to prevent the ignition
from firing. This may be simply pulling
the engine kill switch. If you must discon-
nect the battery, you’ll have to reconnect
it to crank an electric start. Remove all
the spark plugs. Number the leads so that
you know where they go back.
If ignition occurs and the leads or
plugs aren’t properly grounded, the ignition could be damaged. Also, a spark
could ignite fuel vapor emanating from
the open cylinder. A spark tester for all
plugs can help here.
2. Many recommend moving the throttle
well forward to facilitate air entering
the cylinder as you crank the engine.
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Remove the engine’s spark plugs. Check them
carefully for damage. The electrodes should
be gapped properly, and their color should be
a medium tan to brown after a high-speed
run, dark brown to black after idling at slow
speeds. If they’re lighter-colored than that
(light tan or white), the engine is running
too lean – not enough fuel – and should be
checked before damage occurs.
If your engine requires the kill switch to be
in the go position to crank, you may have
to connect a spark checker to ground the
ignition properly while cranking. These are
available at auto-parts and marine stores
(you’ll have to ask; they don’t generally put
these on the display shelves). Also, using
the spark checker not only grounds the
ignition leads to prevent ignition problems
from occurring during your compression
check; it allows you to visually check your
engine’s spark as you crank it.