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    Tracker by Merc starter problems

    I have a 98 90hp Tracker force series by Mercury. I am constantly having to replace the starter, its so bad that i carry a spare in my boat. They just go out. Any suggestions to causes or solutions? They usually last about 6 mths.I am baffled. Thanks.

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    Dude..... that's crazy. Can't imagine..... Maybe Don will chime in on this one. I would check all the connections involved. Maybe the wrong battery or too small gauge wires so its not carrying enough juice to spin the starter at the right RPM's. I would also check the primary pick up timing on the motor.. Low compression maybe?... Is it taking a long time to start? Excessive grinding? Good luck man. You really shouldn't have to carry an extra starter....

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    you check mounting also and flywheel ????/ getting factory merc starters with a one year warrn ????
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    Noticed a broke tooth on flywheel. could be problem. It is a cold collard two stroke, takes a minute to fire, but after that no problems. the bushing came out on this last starter. maybe just cheap starters. Thanks for answering.

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    where the grass is green and the girls are pretty And remember falling feels like flying till you hit the ground

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    It shouldn't take a minute to fire. Cranking for a minute will heat up the stater shortening its life span. Work on the starting proceedure- After priming the fuel bulb, advance "throttle Only" about 1/3rd of the way. Then turn the key to on position and Push in the key to prime for about 5 seconds in cold weather. Maybe a second in warm weather. It should fire off within a few seconds. The missing tooth on flywheel shouldn't be a problem unless you are finding metal chips and shavings all over the drive gear etc.

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    Thanks. That is part of the problem, It had a slight flooding problem, think now i have it figured out. Its the way i have been starting it.