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My boat hates me.. starting issue, help..

PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 9:12 pm
by Scoots
Never had a moments issue starting, have probably started it 20 plus times since Ive had it. I hear a click at the engine but its too faint to be the starter solenoid I think. I tried the shift lever in tiny movements, nothing. Have almost 13v from the battery and even hooked the jump box up to be sure, nothing. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Re: My boat hates me.. starting issue, help..

PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 4:42 am
by AndrewT
Double check the kill switch,mine looked like it was on but wasn't.When you go from off to on(ignition key) you should hear a couple of beeps,if you don't then the kill switch is off.
My knife knocked it but it looked like it was ok, we got towed back ,nothing wrong with the boat.

Re: My boat hates me.. starting issue, help..

PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 10:51 am
by buyfire
Make sure all your connections are clean & tight. That's where I'd start.

Re: My boat hates me.. starting issue, help..

PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 11:40 am
by Scoots
Yeah, it does all the annoying beeps, even clicks somewhere on the engine, just not starter action. Im having to work on this more than I had to on my ole 88. May be an Interceptor for sale cheap soon..

Guess I'll start tracing electrical from the key switch back. Its the kind of work I do all day, just hate doing it at home.

Re: My boat hates me.. starting issue, help..

PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 1:29 am
by AndrewT
buyfire wrote:Make sure all your connections are clean & tight. That's where I'd start.

Good tip

Re: My boat hates me.. starting issue, help..

PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 8:40 am
by HOT PURSUIT
Remove and clean the positive cable to the starter! Have seen that issue many times.

HP

Re: My boat hates me.. starting issue, help..

PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 2:00 am
by jfair32
Did you accidently connect positive to negative when installing battery? If so, there's a fuse on the starter that will blow. I've done that one :oops:

Re: My boat hates me.. starting issue, help..

PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 3:57 pm
by charcoal1500
My grandpa had an old ford back in the day. I remember he had starting issues with it, could get a click and nothing else. Went through all the steps cleaned and checked connections, replaced starter and it ended up being a bad key swtich. I don't remember exactly what happened but replaced the key switch and vroom started right up.

Re: My boat hates me.. starting issue, help..

PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 5:17 pm
by jfair32
:2cool:

Re: My boat hates me.. starting issue, help..

PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 10:54 pm
by Scoots
Havnet had time to get serious with it but I did jump on the other day, t tried 5 times, starter turned over the 3rd out of 5 times. Just crazy..

Re: My boat hates me.. starting issue, help..

PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 11:16 am
by pogosrsf
Mine did that while parked at our dock overnight one weekend. Battery was fully charged, got all the alarms, etc. I tried turning the key over 25 times and it tried to turn over once in 25 tries. First thing I did was go back to the house and get a hammer to bang the starter with, and after a couple taps it started right up first turn of the key.

Starter was shot....it was around $300 to replace and it took me about an hour.

Re: My boat hates me.. starting issue, help..

PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2017 4:59 pm
by Scoots
Ok so, I uncovered the ole girl, decided I was gonna track down the issue starting from the ignition switch back. Loaded all my tools, phone for the FSM AndrewT was so kind to supply and of course a couple of beers and I was off.. decided to do the obvious first, try starting it, duh. Started right up 4 out of 4 tries!! I actually work in electronics all day long and theres nothing I hate more than a mysterious issue like this, especially when it can leave you stranded so heres my next question..

Im not a Chevy guy (Mopar's my thing) but am sure I could figure this out if needed but figure I'll ask here. I had an old 340 Duster that gave me starter relay problems, I finally realized I could connect a remote jump button on the exciter and power terminals of the starter and bypass any issue between the starter and key. Do you guys think I can do the same with this if in trouble and if so have you tried? I have a remote button from back in the day and soon as I pull her around to the driveway am going to test it but would like any and all input. Thanks!

Re: My boat hates me.. starting issue, help..

PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2017 6:30 pm
by jfair32
We speak English on this forum, thank you. :lol:

Re: My boat hates me.. starting issue, help..

PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 6:52 pm
by Scoots
Pulled it around today, started 3 times no problem. That so does not give me the warm and fuzzies, Ive had to pay for a tow before and isnt cheap.