“I have a hard time starting my 2-stroke carburated Johnson Evinrude with primer system”

First of all, you want to make sure the motor is in good working condition.  Check that the compression, ignition system, and carburetor are all properly tuned including sync and link.  If all that is OK, then it is usually just a matter of proper starting procedure. 

The starting procedure that works best for me:

FIRST and most important is to pump up the primer bulb.  This is not only for filling up carburetor bowls, but is also pressurizes the fuel system.  If the fuel system is properly pressurized, it will squirt extra fuel into the intake for cold starting when the key switch is pushed.

SECOND is to advance the throttle handle in neutral about 10-20%.

THIRD push key “in” and hold in while turning.  Now the engine is cranking over.

FOURTH as soon as the motor starts, let the key out and then push the key in and out every other second while slowing the throttle down as needed to keep from over revving.  Usually after 5-15 times of pushing the key in and out the motor will continue to run.

*Note:  You may have to pump the primer bulb up again if you are still having a problem.

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