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    Nitro Hammer pull starter issue

    I just purchased my nitro hammer yesterday brand new from a hobby shop. I got home and assembled it and got it ready for the first run. I had the glow plug on and primed and everything. When i went to pull the cable on the pull starter is wouldn't even pull. It was extremely difficult to pull...
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    RE: Nitro Hammer pull starter issue

    Thats normal for a brand new engine. It will get easier and easier to pull start as the engine breaks in and the internal parts wear a little and get mated together.

    To start you engine now, when its tight, loosen the glow plug some to relieve the compression - it'll still be harder to pull start than when the engine is broke-in, but you'll get it going. another comment: Before you put the glow plug igniter on, put a finger over the carb opening to seal it, and give the engine a few pulls (this will force fuel into the carb to prime the engine).... the take your finger off, put on the igniter and pull away.

    Lastly, when first driving the boat, alternate running it from it fast to running it slow to "heat cycle" the engine (get the engine hot, then cool down some). Try something like 50-75 yds fast straightaways and then 1/2 throttle turns, then fast straight aways, slow turns. Repeat this process for 5-10 tank fulls to break in your engine. Takes some patience, but after a few tanks you notice it getting faster and faster and you'll notice it gets easier and eaiser to turn over.

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    RE: Nitro Hammer pull starter issue

    You mentioned that you primed the motor. It's very possible that you flooded it. It doesn't take a lot of fuel to flood a small motor like that.
    The easy way to clear a flooded motor it to remove the plug, hold the boat upside down and pull the starter until it clears. If it's still hard to pull over after that then loosen the plug like what Todd said.
    If it doesn't pull over without the plug in then you may have issues elsewhere.
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    RE: Nitro Hammer pull starter issue

    Thank you for the responses but i took it to my hobby shop and they looked at it and the engine was locked up so I got a formula fastech 26 instead.

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    RE: Nitro Hammer pull starter issue

    A 26 is a little big for the Hammer. Did they try to unloclk it & fire it up? When they're new they often lock at top dead center & you can turn them back over & fire them up. Locking up when they are new isn't uncommon. Mine used to do it until it was broken in. I'd contact Aquacraft as they may replace the engine for free under warranty. You may have got hosed there.
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