When you back down the ramp, turn the key, and nothing happens, it's a problem. Or, it would be, if you hadn't seen this video on basic troubleshooting when your outboards won't start.

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Of course, we're barely scratching the surface of what can go wrong with an outboard, and how to fix it. But quite often, one of these simple issues is all that's holding you back from a day of boating. If there's a bigger problem, however, we can still help. Check out these other outboard-oriented How-to videos and articles, for more info.

Three Outboard Engine Quick-Fix Tips
How to Rebuild a Small Outboard Engine Carburetor
How to Change an Outboard Engine Water Pump Impeller
How to Pickle an Outboard
Solve your Outboard Motor Problems: Starting, Fuel, Sheer Pins
How to Change the Lower Unit oil on a Boat

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Written by: Gary Reich
Gary Reich is a Chesapeake Bay-based freelance writer and photojournalist with over 25 years of experience in the marine industry. He is the former editor of PropTalk Magazine and was the managing editor of the Waterway Guide. His writing and photography have been published in PassageMaker Magazine, Soundings, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, Yachting Magazine, and Lakeland Boating, among others.
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