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How to Troubleshoot Force Outboard Motors

by Mark Spowart
Force Outboard was the result of US Marine's purchase of Chrysler Outboard.

Force Outboard was the result of US Marine's purchase of Chrysler Outboard.

Force Outboard grew from the acquisition of Chrysler Outboard by US Marine, the parent company of Bayliner Boats. Chrysler had been producing boat motors since the 1920s and in recent years had not kept up with the technological advancements in the sector. What the engines lacked in technology, however, they offset with lower prices compared to other manufacturers. Troubleshooting Force Outboard motors starts with identifying the problem then inspecting the different components until determining a solution.

Remove the key from the ignition, disconnect the battery and remove the engine cowling if the Force Outboard motor is running rough or backfiring. Disconnect the spark plug wire and remove the spark plug using a spark plug wrench. Inspect the bottom of the spark plug and use a wire brush to clean off any carbon build up off of the spark plug. Replace the spark plug after you have cleaned it, or install a new a spark plug if the carbon build up is excessive.

Remove the fuel filter from the Force Outboard motor if you notice the motor is hesitating when you increase the throttle of the boat. A dirty or plugged fuel filter can restrict the amount of gas that is getting to the engine. Robbing the engine of this gas will cause the motor to hesitate and possible stall.

Connect a battery meter to the battery if you are having difficulty starting the engine. While some Force Outboard will have manual pull starts, a number of them have electronic starters. If the engine is having difficulty turning over this could be an indication that the battery is low and needs to be replaced or recharged. Check the gauge on the battery meter, if the needle is in the yellow or red section of the meter then the battery should be recharged.

Items you will need

  • Spark plug wrench
  • Wire brush
  • Battery meter

About the Author

Since 2002 Mark Spowart has been working as a freelance writer and photographer in London, Canada. He has publication credits for writing and/or photography in Canada, The United States, Europe and Norway, with such titles as "The Globe & Mail," "The National Post," Canada News Wire, Sun Media and "Business Edge" magazine.

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