- 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.
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.
- 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.