Mercury outboards are one of the most popular outboards on the water. They are dependable, powerful and relatively quiet. They make high-quality, high-performance one and two-stroke engines. However, they don’t always fire right up when you try to start them. There’s a few things you need to know before they’ll turn over.

Step 1: Ensure there is plenty of gas in the boat fuel tanks.
Step 2: Check your oil level and battery levels by looking at the console gauges. If either one is low, replace as needed.
Step 3: Squeeze the primer bulbs on the hose that leads up to the outboard engines. Give them about five solid pumps. This sends fuel into the engine so it will take a spark.
Step 4: Put the boat into neutral and insert your key into the ignition. Then push forward on the key several times.