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A friend just purchased a 16' skiff w/ a 98' 40hp Tohatsu. It'll start right up but then just race like it's WOT. It will start without giving it gas or choke, but then it's off to the races. Any ideas will be appreciated.
 

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High rpms at start can be caused by:
Idle screw set too high
or a malfunctioning choke solenoid
 

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I assume it is not a tiller engine. Take the throttle linkage loose under the cowl and see where the idle is without it being hooked to the controls.

Better yet I would take it to a Tohatsu tech if I wasn't familiar with outboards.

Best regards,
Frank_S
 

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I assume it is not a tiller engine. Take the throttle linkage loose under the cowl and see where the idle is without it being hooked to the controls.

Better yet I would take it to a Tohatsu tech if I wasn't familiar with outboards.

Best regards,
Frank_S
x2 -if its been sitting around for a long time -prolly has gummy carbawader :(
 
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