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Fuel primer bulb issue Q.

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The boat is a 1997 Pro V and the motor is a 1997 Johnson 115 Fastrike. The issue I have is after running from the landing to the fishing spot and sitting there for 30-45 minutes, restarting the motor turnes into a start/die, start/die situation until you reprime the motor. The primer bulb goes soft sitting there for that little while. The motor starts and runs fine cold.

I changed the primer bulb and fuel inlet hose earlier in the year and that didn't help anything.

I don't know if this a related issue or not but after the motor is started (restarted after it's warm) you kind of have to baby it get into any throttle above idle. It kind of acts like a (I am really dating myself here) like back in the day when vehicles had carburetors and the accelorator pump was bad. The motor runs great at WOT once you get there and after you get thru the off idle issue it pulls real strong.

Can any of you 2 stroke masters figure this out?

By the way, the gas is good and has sea foam in it, compression is within 3 psi of each other.

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I'm guessing it's time for a fuel pump (in this case VRO) rebuild - it doesn't have enough vacuum to pull the fuel up to the tank - and drawing the primer bulb down is one of the big symptoms...


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