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#11550268 - 04/18/16 12:20 PM 2005 Mercury 125 Saltwater

Registered: 04/23/13
Posts: 186
Loc: Lavon, Tx
I'm having a terrible time starting this thing. It will turn over, run a couple seconds and die. If I can get in gear before it does it runs and sounds great. Not sure where to start, would cleaning carbs be alright or should I put a kit in them while they are off? I don't know about the fuel pumps I haven't had this one very long. Thank you for the help.

#11550730 - 04/18/16 03:57 PM Re: 2005 Mercury 125 Saltwater [Re: IKELEVI]
gary purdy Offline
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Registered: 05/24/03
Posts: 10465
Loc: Littlefield Tx & Lake A. H. US...
Can you let it run on fast idle for a while till it warms up. You do know how to work the indent so it will work the throttle only? In neural pull the control handle out for throttle only.
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#11550833 - 04/18/16 05:09 PM Re: 2005 Mercury 125 Saltwater [Re: IKELEVI]

Registered: 04/23/13
Posts: 186
Loc: Lavon, Tx
Yes, that doesn't seem to make difference. The guy I got it from said it always started first turn but would die, then after that it was good. And it was when I fished out of it with him on occasion.

#11550982 - 04/18/16 06:35 PM Re: 2005 Mercury 125 Saltwater [Re: IKELEVI]
Pat Goff Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 01/29/05
Posts: 4961
Loc: Marble Falls/Seadrift
Always been a cold natured beast. If you didn't know it idles on two cylinders and runs on four, which is why it runs after it's been prodded a while. Carbon reeds help a lot, and make sure your linkage is sinched up correct.
Pat Goff
Marble Falls/Seadrift TX

#11555970 - 04/20/16 09:45 PM Re: 2005 Mercury 125 Saltwater [Re: IKELEVI]
me and the boys Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/08/10
Posts: 1744
Loc: Joshua TX

Welcome to the club, i have one as well, they are very frustrating to say the least.
Yes its a 2+2 carbed system.
If u have not had carbs cleaned and rebuilt you need to.
I have recently found they have a choke/ fuel sylanoid that primes the fuel system before starting.
Unfortantly mine is not working.

Once it is tuned in they are pretty good motors


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