i have a 2002 150 Ficht ram. A few weeks back I would go to start the boat and the key switch would not start the motor. It has a new battery . So I bought a new key assembly for that motor. It worked fine the first day. One week later I go to start it you have to turn the key multiplal times for it to crank. Is there anyone out there that can help.
We need some more information to be able to help you out.
When you say the motor would not start, did the starter motor engage the flywheel and rotate it but the motor not fire up - or did nothing happen when you turned the key to start?
If nothing happened and you turned the key to start, did the gauges come on? Did the tilt and trim work?
If the gauges came on, did you try wiggling the shift lever on the control box? There is a neutral safety switch inside to keep it from starting in gear. It could be intermittent or out of adjustment.
Your engine wiring could be at fault, the power distribution panel on the motor is known for open circuits, and your engine uses a delay relay for engergizing the starter solenoid. Any one of those items or connections somewhere could be at fault. A trained tech would be needed to troubleshoot the system and wiring if the problem is not an obvious fix.
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