Force Outboard Forum

This is the best Force Outboard Forum on the internet, it's yours! If you own a Force Outboard.   Are you looking for good advice about your Force outboard engine problems and issues. All you need to know about your outboard engine issues and good advice from your fellow boaters.

From outboard engine and electrical and electronics systems to engine and alarm issues, tilt and trim issues, this is the place to find information.

Force Outboard Forum

So where do you start? There is a lot to know. I get asked regularly about what is the problem, and more importantly and how to fix a problem. I am a boat owner and that’s why I have published a dozen books to tell you all that you need to know about how to take care of your boats and systems.

My name is JOHN C PAYNE, and many of you may already have one of my books on marine electrical and electronics systems (The recently published Marine Electrical and Electronics Bible now in it’s 4th Edition) or perhaps one of the many other books on sailboats and yacht systems.

The Force Outboard Technical Forum for Answers to Questions

I am not an armchair expert, but a qualified and practising marine electrician and engineer and a marine surveyor. I do this for a living.  Let this website help you with the boat forum! Thousands of people input with answers to problems.

What is your outboard problem? If you know what the problem is then you are halfway towards finding  the right solution. Why not choose from one of my many books to help you fix your problems. Here are some hot topics for the boat-forum:

Battery Charging How to keep the power on and solve battery charging problems

Starting Issues - why wont it start?

Trim Tabs - and issues with same

This is just a fraction of the 3000 plus questions that were posted, and it is hoped that this NEW Force Outboard forum and bulletin board does the same.

The Forum is also a great place to look for spare parts that are hard to find, share your problems and experience with others, ask questions, share stories and more about my books and related topics and a lot more. Create your own web page every time you submit an article and include great low resolution images as well. 

How to Post Questions to this Force Outboard Forum

Forum Editors Forum Rules! Yes there are a few basics when posting!

1. DONT TYPE IN ALL CAPITALS as it will not be posted. Don't use any HTML code as it will be deleted

2. Don't use bad language or profanity as it will not be posted.

3. To post to the Outboard Forum please at least use a first name and location with your email address in the notification page, so you will get a message when someone leaves a comment.

4. You need to insert a couple of sentences describing you problem and add an image if possible as it helps others. If you insert just a couple of words using SMS speak the system will reject it.

5. Don't Spam the site with multiple submissions.

6. We receive dozens of posts a day and it is quite impossible to reply to more than just a few given this is a free site and I don't have enough time given I have a day job. 

7. It helps if you start the headline with your Force outboard engine make/model number or boat make/model number. Save the problem description to the text, more detail means better answers.

8. Got a different outboard engine? then don't use this forum select your engine specific forum and post it there.

Do You Have Force Outboard Engine Problems?

Do you have Force engine problems? Share it on the Force Outboard Forum! Whether you are looking advice on an outboard motor or a difficult marine electrical or electronics technical problem then post your story or message here! UPLOAD AN IMAGE OF YOUR PROBLEM EQUIPMENT! Give us a detailed description, short 5 word posts are not much use and will not be posted. Put your boat info, outboard make and model or basic detail in the post title. Useful outboard boat motors information.  More great information at fishing and boats.

Have a Force outboard problem to share?

Force Outboard engine problems and issues? need someone to try and help resolve them? Then use this forum and maybe someone can help.

What Other Visitors Have Said

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1998 Force by Mercury 40hp outboard 
Hi, it is currently the summer of 2021. I bought a pontoon with a 1998 Force 40hp on it. It ran great at first, then dies after a few minutes. Floods out …

Mercury force 85hp 1988 
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1988 Force 85hp 
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89 force 125 outboard motor  
I have a 89 bayliner capri with a 125hp outboard motor and I just replaced the entire overhead because the motor was bad now I'm a first time boat owner …

force 50 hp 1991 Not rated yet
this is a two stroke 2cyl 1 carb starts good but at idle goes into high rev. reed valves good, carb cleaned and needle valve and gasket set, fuel mix …

FORCE 85HP 1987 Not rated yet
Starts right up,idles fine,ran on the lake over an hour,on way to dock idled down,and it stalled,now won't start

1988 mercury force 85 hp Not rated yet
in the middle of running it at full throttle it would die and start right back up but now this last time it wont start back up it just cranks and it has …

US Marine Force 1258V6A 1986 Not rated yet
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Force 50 horse outboard on 16' maxim boat Not rated yet
Hadnt ran for 2 summers. Got motor running fine. Goes in reverse fine, but can't get it to go in forward. Only comes out of reverse when shifter gets to …

force 1994, 150hp Not rated yet
I took lower unit off replaceed, reinstalled lower unit now i can't get it in neutral. can anyone help.

120 HP Force 1992  Not rated yet
Motor runs great but will not idle with the cowling on. At idle when I take the cowling off it’s full of exhaust fumes. I pulled the power head and replaced …

1988 Force 85hp  Not rated yet
The original trim/tilt motor was a two wire unit. The replacement 2 wire unit does not work. I have an old 3 wire unit that works if I hook uo the ground …

1988 Force 85hp  Not rated yet
The original trim/tilt motor was a two wire unit. The replacement 2 wire unit does not work. I have an old 3 wire unit that works if I hook uo the ground …

Force, 90 HP, 1991, 908P91C Not rated yet
After installing a water pump kit, and beginning to reinstall the lower unit I noticed the middle shift are was loose and could be pulled up out of it's …

Force 120ELPT from 1999 Not rated yet
No telltale water on initial start up of cold engine. There is a thermostat, so is this normal?

87 bayliner 125 hp force motor Not rated yet
What goes along with changing the drive shaft berring in the lower unit, is there seals, O rings ext, that I have to replace. Thanks for any info.

force 9.9 ,HOO92O1SM,1996 Not rated yet
I have looked all over the internet for how to drop the lower unit to get to the water pump to replace the impeller. I cannot find out how to get the shift …

Force, 1501X91D,1991 Not rated yet
I am trying to learn what the best 2 stroke oil would be to use in this 30year old boat/motor. I have good compression and it might need a little tlc …

Force, 1251x7b, 2168 s# Not rated yet
was running great all yr, but last two time at idle was good but when you go full throttle it was sluggish and wouldn't over 2600 rpm, ash the motor was …

1988 125 force outboard  Not rated yet
First let me say thanks for any help...I have a 1988 force 125 hp. I have no top end at all. The boat runs good about 7-9 miles per hr. Full throttle goes …

125 HP Force l Drive 1990 Not rated yet
Will not start: compression is 135,140,140,150: Have new plugs in and i have spark on all 4 cylinders seem to be getting fuel, will some times backfire …

50 hp force ? 1987 Not rated yet
Help! Can anyone ID this model? No tag on the outboard bracket. Ignition coil/ module set up is unlike anything I have seen. Two coils are different. Searched …

1995 Force 120 HP Outboard Not rated yet
The Voltage Regulator (Part # 815279 4) started smoking when motor was running good. I shut the engine off once I saw the smoke. Pulled the cover & saw …

force 1988 mdl 507f8c Not rated yet
engine fires on #1 cylinder, but won't run on it. compression is 140psi, but only 115 on #2. #2 cylinder runs fine. checked fuel pump, reed valves. exhaust …

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Force 125 1050 1986 Not rated yet
I can't find my serial number or model number on line to order parts. I have tried several different websites and they are all at a loss as to why my serial …

87 bayliner curry 87 force 125 Not rated yet
Had the boat out yesteday was headed back in and the motorjust died. Been running rough cutting out spiting and sputtering any ideal what it might be

Force 85 HP Model: 856X7A 1987 Not rated yet
Alarm sounds whenever try to start the motor. The battery shows 12.4 volts. At first it would idle when the engine flush earmuffs were attached but no …

Force 75, 1998 Not rated yet
How do I remove the control cables? There is a square rubber bushing where all the hoses and control cables come through, but it is far too crowded to …

Force, 856F7B, 1987 Not rated yet
Force, 856F7B, 1987 idles in neutral OK, but with a slight exhaust backfire and when in gear trying to accelerate motor bogs down/stalls. Motor will …

1987 force 50 507f7c Not rated yet
I bought this Jon boat that had been sitting for approximately 2-3 years. When I got it home we cleaned it out and changed the spark plugs and gas/oil …

1989 85hp Force outboard Not rated yet
Seems to be overheating even after checking the water tract (lower half, and exhaust manifold), impeller, and changing the thermo. It also seems to kill …

1988 125 hp Force Not rated yet
replacing bothe CD modules. bought used from a reparable supplier who says they were tested before they left his shop. I have specified dva voltage out …

Force, 856F7B, 1987 Not rated yet
1987 Force, 85 HP, model # 856F7B Just bought the boat, motor will start right away, it will idle idles in neutral OK, but with a slight exhaust backfire, …

Force 120hp 1994 serial number 0E050181 Not rated yet
I can not get my tilt or trim pump to raise or lower the outboard. I originally had a problem with just adjusting the trim. I noticed a screw missing …

Force Model 507Y7C 1987  Not rated yet
When removing lower unit to replace water pump impeller, a brass collar/retainer came out of power head stuck on drive shaft. I have removed collar and …

Force 120 outboard 1996 Not rated yet
The plastic covers in front of the carburetors are full of fuel. Engine fires up and runs for 10 seconds ish and dies. When I give it throttle in neutral …

force 50 ELPT model H-050412p 1994 Not rated yet
trim wires on tilt and trim got chwed on by mice shorted out while fishing tilt quit fixed wires now boat motor wont start or run just hearing faint …

85hp force model 4496 1988 Not rated yet
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120hp 1996 Force Not rated yet
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1990 Force 50hp Not rated yet
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Force 40hp elpt 1996 Not rated yet
I set about replacing the impeller in my trusty Force 40hp OB. However, whilst removing the lower leg, I had some difficulty separating the shift rod and …

Force 40HP 1995 Not rated yet
There is a very slight wiggle on my new propeller is this a problem and how can I fix it to not have the wiggle.?

1998 Force 120 hp  Not rated yet
I changed the prop shaft seals in the lower unit, of my 1998 force 120hp and during re assembly I am unable to get the carrier bearing to seat all the …

1990 FORCE 120 OUTBOARD Not rated yet
I was looking for information on parts interchangability. My force 120 has a type B lower, I wanted to know if Type C, or D would interchange. I was also …

1988 force 125 engine cooling Not rated yet
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120 Force motor starting issues Not rated yet
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1984 Force 85 hp outboard no spark Not rated yet
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50 hp force Not rated yet
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No power 90 hp Force Not rated yet
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75hp Force starter Not rated yet
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1987 Bayliner Capri with 85hp. Force outboard. Not rated yet
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120 force outboard Not rated yet
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Force 1987 125 HP Not rated yet
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