johnb082 asked this question on 5/3/2000:
We bought a used '97 Johnson 48 HP with very few hours on it. Last May,99 we had to rebuild the carb and replace the Power Pack. The mechanic we used put a rebuilt Power Pack on it for around $100. Last Friday ,the motor started running as if the power pack has gone bad again. The motor throttles up great and runs smooth. When you throttle down it starts to sputter and cycle. If you continue to back down to idle , it seems to reestablish itself and run ok again. This doesn't happen every time , but it always seem to happen on the throttle down , not the throttle up. If it does need a power pack , this will be the third one ,that I know of , that has been on this motor. Is there something else causing the Power Pack to go bad, or should I have simply not bought a rebuilt one. I feel like the motor might be a lemon with all the problems so far. A friend of mine said that a new one is the only way to go. Does anyone have any suggestions for me and is a Power Pack something I could do under the shade tree. Of course, the mechanic I called told me to bring it in, with a turn around of 10 days. This usually means 4 weeks. I would like to handle it myself ,if possible. Any thoughs or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
icarius31 gave this response on 5/3/2000:
Hello John:Have you tried to contact Johnson customer service?Bet they can steer you right.Personally I dont have that many skills on motors that I could offer. Fortunately I have been able to buy new or used with a warranty that exceeds the normal 30 or 90 days.Guess thats called negotiating. Sometimes a couple $$$ slipped to the mechanic will help you fix the problem. Sorry I cant be of more help. Next time heed your buddys advice. Safe boating,icarius31
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