It's your turn at a busy slipway and it's getting late, which is exactly the moment you don't want to turn the key and find that your outboard engine won't start. So what do you check first? Watch this video by Gary Reich for a few quick ideas to keep in mind for basic trouble-shooting.

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Remind yourself of the basics for trouble-shooting a non-starting outboard engine.

Of course, we’re barely scratching the surface of what can go wrong with an outboard, and how to fix it. But quite often, one of these simple issues is all that’s holding you back from a day of boating.

If you're looking for more info on trouble-shooting or maintaining your engine, try features such as: How to Change Engine Oil on a 4-Stroke Outboard Engine or Fixing Your Marine Engine at Sea: Emergency DIY Tips.