Evinrude E-TEC Outboard Does Not Turn Over

  • This post pertains to Evinrude E-TEC outboards motors that will not crank over or rotate slowly. The information herein applies to all 2007 thru 2014 engines.

An outboard motor that does not turn over is a common phrase used by boat owners when their engine turns on but runs poorly after it fires up. The term is also used to express a problem when a motor turns slowly, or when it begins operating but stalls shortly after. However, the correct meaning of “outboard does not turn over” refers to when the crankshaft does not rotate in order to start the engine.

In some instances the boat won’t turn over and a clicking noise is heard, or there is no noise whatsoever. Regardless of what sound you do or don’t hear, if the engine’s crankshaft does not rotate so as to activate the engine and set it in motion, you must follow specific instructions based on that symptom.

Outboard Does Not Turn Over

Since all outboard motors aren’t identical, there can be different actions needed to address a possible cause and its solution. We’ve created this easy-to-use troubleshooting chart that is specifically tailored for Evinrude E-TEC outboard engines that will not turn over.

Evinrude ETEC Outboard Does Not Turn Over
Outboard does not turn over trouble chart

Outboard Turns Slowly

When the outboard motor crankshaft rotates at a slow speed or not quick enough to start the internal combustion engine, you must follow a different set of rules to fix the problem. Use this guide if your Evinrude E-TEC motor turns slowly when attempting to start it up.

Evinrude Boat Motor Cranks Slowly
Outboard cranks slowly trouble chart

Troubleshooting Tips

  • If the engine will not crank, and you know the starter is not operating, inspect the condition of the marine battery and battery cables (cables and main battery switch). If work has recently been performed, make sure the battery cables were not installed in reverse.
  • Double check and make sure that switched B+ is present at “A” terminal (which is often a purple wire) of starter solenoid with key switch in the ON position.
  • Check the lanyard or emergency stop switch. If the lanyard isn’t connected the boat will not start, although it might crank.
  • On applicable models, check the EMM LED indicators for system trouble or status information.

The Bottom Line

If your Evinrude outboard does not turn over or it turns over slowly, use the appropriate guide to determine the solution. Keep in mind, the guide might not list every possible reason for a no-crank issue. But it does list the most likely cause and the action needed to solve the problem.


The above motor crankshaft troubleshooting charts are relevant to the outboard models and years listed. Only use the troubleshooting instructions on this page if you own a 2007 thru 2014 Evinrude E-TEC, 15 to 300 hp motor. 


Hey I am Dennis, an inboard, outboard and sterndrive marine technician with 5+ years of experience. Send me a question using the comment box on this page. If needed, I can post additional advice, diagrams or illustrations to address any question.

5 thoughts on “Evinrude E-TEC Outboard Does Not Turn Over

  • Kevin Ross

    Would you happen to have a start circuit diagram for a 2011 Evinrude 1.7 L outboard? Model number E115DPLIIB.

    • 2011 Evinrude 115 hp start circuit diagram

      Start Circuit Diagram 2011 Evinrude 115hp

      1. Marine battery
      2. RED wire (POS)
      3. BLACK wire (NEG)
      4. Starter solenoid
      5. Fuse (10 amp)
      6. RED/PURPLE wire
      7. 6-pin connectors
      8. Ignition switch
      9. PURPLE wire (switched B+)
      10. 26-pin J1-B EMM connector
      11. 34-pin J1-A EMM connector
      12. Engine Management Module (EMM)
      13. YELLOW/RED wire, start
      14. BROWN/WHITE wire, start signal
      15. Neutral Safety Switch (remote control)
      16. RED starter motor cable
      17. Electric starter motor

      Hope this helps, let me know if you need anything more.

  • Jan Furuseth

    I have an Evinrude e-tec 75hp from 2008. at the moment the engine will not start when the weather is humid (completely dead). In dry conditions, the engine starts easily. EMM was changed a year ago.

  • Robert

    Dennis my 90 horsepower erect evenrude trim won’t work and engine won’t start it makes noise when I turn the key but no crank or tilt.

  • Nick Spicer

    Hi Dennis, I have a 2013 E-tec 40hp, E40DRLABA. I do not have a remote wiring harness for it. Is it possible to run a wire from the engine to the battery for charging? If so from where? I have been trying to track down the whereabouts of the the rectifier (if it has one). Can you enlighten me. Thanks, Nick


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