1999 Force-Tracker 120 Outboard 1999 Force-Tracker 120 Outboard
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    1999 Force-Tracker 120 Outboard
from Brian (  
3/17/1999 12:29:00 PM


 Just took delivery of new boat, it is equiped with a 1999 Force-Tracker 120 Outboard. Is there anything other than following the maint. sched, in the owners manual I should follow. OPinion on bringing the boat to the dealer for maint. on motor or do it myself and save allot of $$$.

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   Flooded carbs. from Nitro700 (  3/17/1999 12:45:00 PM
 Brian, as soon as you pull the boat on the trailer at the ramp pull that fuel line from the engine and let the engine run out of gas. That will prevent the floats from being under pressure and will insure no unspent gas is in the engine. I didn't do this the first few time out and before you know it, the carb covers will trap gas and oil every time you tilt the engine up from the premix running out of the carbs that as soon as you lower the engine the carb covers will let all the gas and oil spill out and it will run down the sides of the powerhead and the lower unit. Makes a real greasy mess. IF you run all the gas out you won't have this problem. This also makes it easier to start next time, no bad fuel still in the engine flooding the plugs. Good Luck.
   Great Tip from Don (Ms Gulf Coast) (  3/17/1999 1:46:00 PM
 Thanks Nitro, for taking the time to pass on a great tip. You have just answered several questions I have had about my 96 Force. I have always tilted the motor up and not disconnected anything (my boat stays in the water). When I lower it, it starts right up without touching the primer bulb, but if I pump the bulb, it is hard to start, and appears flooded. Consequently, I haven't touched the primer bulb in over a year. On initial takeoff, it sputters a couple of times like it has too much gas, then is fine for the rest of the day. Thanks again.

Hook'em and Heave'em


   The Only tip needed from George (  3/17/1999 3:12:00 PM
 Nitro gave the best tip to keep your 120 running trouble free for a long time. Removal of fuel feed and running engine out will ensure easy starts and no oil fouling of the plugs. Beyond that, keep it clean and polished.
   Don't run the gas out from Bob (  3/17/1999 4:48:00 PM
 Running the gas out sounds good BUT this is what will happen. All the carbs will not run out at the same time, then one or more pistons will be running without lubercation. Over a period of time you will have galded or burnt pistons. Think about it!!. That little bit of wisdom came from several dealers in my town.

Good luck PS In my opinion FORCE makes a great motor, very happy with mine.

   Fuel from Boliver (  3/17/1999 6:29:00 PM
 Bob is right never run the engine out of fuel...look at your owners manual,every engine I have ever owned the manual says not to....
   Running gas without fuel. from Nitro700 (  3/17/1999 9:16:00 PM
 Guys, I know you may well be right, but with this engine I run a slight more oil than necessary as most people should on premix. As well, I have several friends that have outboards for 5-10 years or more and they have all done this without one powerhead problem or loss in compression. My manager has an original Chrysler (the original force) that he has had for 20 years and does this every time without one problem. I have pulled my plugs out after doing this and every plug is covered in oil. I have talked to several dealers, one of which writes in this forum and they all said to do this whether you have a yammie a force or a merc. Long before you get a trashed cylinder you are going to blow out your seals from a pressurized float and you will be replacing the diaphragm pump due to alcohol eating away at it over time. A carb rebuild and overhaul will come long before powerhead failure. Besides, I don't rev the engine when I let it run out of gas, and as we all know, premixed gas at idle is heavy on the oil so it will stall out long before it runs out of gas. Hope we don't start any kind of battle over this, you guys may well be right, but starting easier next time rather than fighting a flooded engine and trying to crank over a piston under heavy compression sure as he** does a lot more damage.
   One last thing. from Nitro700 (  3/17/1999 9:33:00 PM
 Guys, in my Force owners manual for storing the engine it says to remove the fuel line and let it run out of gas. This is from the mouths of mercury. It also mentions that for storage after removing the gas pull all the plugs and spray storage seal down the cylinders and crank the engine to distribute it. I don't think they would tell people to run the engine dry if it damaged it. Besides, old gas and oil will add gum and varnish to the inside of the piston wall, that will do more damage and cause loss of compression. Don't even try to get it off with decarbonizer, it doesn't work. Next time you start up your engines and take off like a bat out of he** straight from the ramp think about how much damage that is doing to the engine.



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