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Christopher Quast

Trying to troubleshoot Evinrude Big Twin Issue HELP!!!!!

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My motor doesn't want to go anywhere when you get on it in forward or reverse and about a month ago test ran it on the river and never missed a beat, but the thing will move at trolling speeds all day long I'm completely flustered as to what this could be and earlier today between lakes I took the lower unit apart to see what could be the problem and din't see anthing wrong with that does anyone out there have a clue,or an educated guess as to what could be going on?

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If it goes in gear and the prop spins, and as you say it will move at idle but not when throttle is increased, I would say you have spun the hub on the prop. The center hub has a rubber insert to absorb shocks, but when they let go, they require proffessional repair or replacement.

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I also think its a spun prop,I bought a motor last year with a spun prop,I just bought a new prop,To have the spun one repaired was almost as much as new,Now I have 2 props but have'nt had the one repaired,Thinkin if I would need another its easier,quicker and only a few bucks more for new.

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A spun prop would definitely be the first place to look to discover the source of your problem. But don't stop there! I once had a 25 HP Johnson that would act exactly the same way that your motor does. After trying many different search's, I finally discovered that the throttle linkage had come loose. Previously, my motor would start and run flawlessly, but would not go above a certain speed, in either forward or reverse. After re-connecting the linkage, I was good to go! I hope this helps. If you continue to have problem's, try emailing Surface Tension in the Duluth,BWCA Forum. He's my go-to outboard guru! Good luck!

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