Troubleshooting an Evinrude E-TEC Motor

Bombadier’s Evinrude E-TEC outboard motor engines are well-regarded for being low maintenance while achieving a 300 hour run time. Like all engines, low maintenance or not, E-TECs do run across problems, including the starter not operating, engine not starting, and idling. With a few troubleshooting steps, these problems can be corrected.

If the engine won’t start, shift the handle to neutral. Check the battery to see if it’s charged and also check for blown fuses (located under the engine and electronics cover). If the starter cranks, but the engine fails to start, check that the water intake screens are below the water line. You’ll also want to check for tangled fuel hoses or an empty fuel tank. For idling, clear debris from the propeller and fix bent blades or shaft.

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Evinrude Engines Dazzle

The Evinrude E-TEC engine received high praise from Marine Engine Digest. Among the highlights of the article is the remarkable use of oil. The author noted that an engine oil reserve light blinks when the capacity drops to 25 percent, which gives the boater about five hours running time to get back to the marina. Though Evinrude offers three different blends of engine oil, Evinrude xd100 oil is recommended.

The author also noted that Evinrude xd100 oil is formulated with special additives for cleaner burning and lower consumption. Fuel economy was also proved exemplary at trolling and top speeds. The article also noted the lightness of the two-stroke engine. If you’re in the market for a new outboard motor, consider turning to Evinrude.

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