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Old 07-13-2012, 07:00 PM   #1
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My ignition switch might be going out. Takes about 5 turns to get it to the motor. Any suggestions?

Gauges come on, etc. but the motor won't do anything. Then all of a sudden voila there it goes. Starter is not the problem. Was replaced last month.

Any *fast* help would be appreciated. TIA and peace.
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:04 PM   #2
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Check all connections to the starter if it was recently replaced? I had one replaced and the negative post was just finger tight. Good luck.
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Sounds like the ignition sw. Don't remember but would the neutral position sw give those symptoms?
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:51 PM   #4
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Try bypassing the ignition switch. Clip/strip the wires to the switch and touch them together. If your engine turns over right away then it's the switch...likely a bad or corroded contact.
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If you don't do anything different on the 5 turns then I think your right about the ignition switch . When it went out on my last boat that's what the problem was, except it was random when it worked sometimes 2 turns sometimes 10. when I took it apart it was very corroded . Is yours on your control or separate on the console? The console one is fairly easy to replace. Just make sure it isn't hooked up to the battery while u swap it(don't ask why just trust me). I just did one wire at a time to the new switch.
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If you don't do anything different on the 5 turns then I think your right about the ignition switch . When it went out on my last boat that's what the problem was, except it was random when it worked sometimes 2 turns sometimes 10. when I took it apart it was very corroded . Is yours on your control or separate on the console? The console one is fairly easy to replace. Just make sure it isn't hooked up to the battery while u swap it(don't ask why just trust me). I just did one wire at a time to the new switch.
It's a console switch, Oscar. EDIT: console switch and kill switch are on the same ignition switch. When I turn the switch on I can hear the choke/pump/etc. working. Gauges come on and the motor does nothing.

Thanks for the advice, guys. Started acting up the last time I was out. Will try at 6AM and see what happens? When I flip the switch the motor does its run through beeps and the fuel gauge works. After a few turns, it starts right up. Or doesn't, if it doesn't want to. I've tried both batteries so it isn't a battery issue.

TIA for any other advice and peace.

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Try bypassing the ignition switch. Clip/strip the wires to the switch and touch them together. If your engine turns over right away then it's the switch...likely a bad or corroded contact.
Oh....Please don't do that. You will screw up the wiring integrity.

Use a screwdriver or the "Proper" tool a jump start button at the Starter solenoid.




How Hot is the battery? Has it been charged , Load Tested and reading 12.6V when charged?


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Starter is not the problem. Was replaced last month.
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"Just Cause It's New, Doesn't mean it's Worth a Damn!"

Many a person has chased their tail with a NEW.....Defective part.

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Oh....Please don't do that. You will screw up the wiring integrity.

Use a screwdriver or the "Proper" tool a jump start button at the Starter solenoid.




How Hot is the battery? Has it been charged , Load Tested and reading 12.6V when charged?




Remember this:

I tell people to write it on their shop / Garage wall.

"Just Cause It's New, Doesn't mean it's Worth a Damn!"

Many a person has chased their tail with a NEW.....Defective part.

I've used the remote starter more times than I can remember.
If your starter is a rebuild which most are check into that first.
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My ignition switch might be going out. Takes about 5 turns to get it to the motor. Any suggestions?

Gauges come on, etc. but the motor won't do anything. Then all of a sudden voila there it goes. Starter is not the problem. Was replaced last month.

I had this exact problem with my boat. Apparently Mercruiser put in a relay before the actual starter relay. Took me a while to trace it down, but it was a $15 part that Kenny had in stock.

I tested the ignition switch, kill switch, neutral safety switch, battery switch, fusible links, starter... all tested good.
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Oh....Please don't do that. You will screw up the wiring integrity.

Use a screwdriver or the "Proper" tool a jump start button at the Starter solenoid.




How Hot is the battery? Has it been charged , Load Tested and reading 12.6V when charged?




Remember this:

I tell people to write it on their shop / Garage wall.

"Just Cause It's New, Doesn't mean it's Worth a Damn!"

Many a person has chased their tail with a NEW.....Defective part.
The starter was brand new, purchased at ARCO here in town. Will try to track down the wiring issue. It has to be that or a loose connection somewhere.
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