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Ok....pulling out my "rookie" card.  Just bought a boat with an Etec 200 on it.  Have been out in it about 6-7 times now and it has run great.  Love it.  But here is the turn....last Tuesday we went out and cruised up to a little island we go to and it ran perfectly all the way there...anchored for a few hours...then took off when Florida rains came.  Idled under a bridge for cover for a little bit...then went over to another island.  Decided not to anchor and just head back to marina.  Got up on plane and went about 100 yards and it just quit.  Thought I had pulled the kill switch.  Would not restart...not firing at all.  Got first chance to call BoatUS for a tow.  Figured fuel guage was wrong and we were out of gas.  Next morning went down and filled it up hoping it was going to take near the 100 gallons to fill it up and I would know the guage was wrong.  Only took 71 gallons....so there was still 29 gallons of something in there.  Fired right up after filling it up...took it out for about 30 minutes...ran great.

 

Fast forward to yesterday.  Went down and had boat put in water.  Went out to island and anchored up again for a couple hours.  When we were ready to leave, started right up...got anchor in....idled about 100 feet and it died.  Started back up and immediately died again.  Then nothing.  BoatUS...come get us again.  haha.  After about 30 minutes waiting decided to try again.  Started up.  Just idled over to channel..then increased throttle a little (maybe 1000 rpm)...called BoatUS and had them stand down....got about 200 yards and it died again.  Tried restarting...and nothing.  just hear the starter turing it over...but not firing.  Called BoatUS to come back.....and now not sure what to even look for.  

 

First thought is fuel filter.  Seems like it is just not getting gas.  Bulb stays hard...so I know there is gas at least that far and it isn't sucking the line dry.  Any other thoughts would be appreciated.

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Rule #1 of this forum, Post model and serial

Basics first. Perform spark, compression and fuel pressure tests and see what you find.

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Sorry...new to this whole boating and outboard stuff.  Have worked on a lot of equipment...but engines are a whole new thing to me.  😉

Model E200DHXSE (2009)
Serial 05241627


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Will do.  Started thinking it acts like kill switch may be intermittently going out too...

Does that make any more sense since it runs great...and then all of a sudden just shuts off? Seems if it were fuel, spark or compression it would just not want to run period....or like crud.

Will try and pull that switch and bench test too.  I replaced the clip for it...but not the switch as the other clip was very loose and would sometimes just fall off.
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Follow up:

Compression, spark and fuel pressure were good. Finally got it to do it for tech. Had CPS sync error. CPS ohmed out fine. Replaced CPS and all seems to be good.
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Re a problem with the crankshaft position sensor:

Your narrative of problems with sporadic engine no-starts occurring after the engine had been running normally and then shut off and allowed to heat soak for a hour is very familiar to me, but not from an E-TEC.

My wife’s car (a Buick with 3.8-liter V6) would exhibit the same pattern of no starts. She’d call to tell me she was stranded and her car wouldn’t start. I’d drive to rescue her, get there, and the car would start and run fine. We went through several cycles of this behavior, then we switched cars. Of course, soon after that the car would not start for me. The cause was eventually found to be the crankshaft position sensor. When it got warm it tended to not work.

The best part of the outcome: once the CPS was replaced the engine ran perfectly for years and years until we sold it. I knew the buyer and that engine is still running.

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