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Skipper
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎06-05-2018

Random starting problem.

Details - 2014 135HO on a SeaArk 1872. (yes, it's fast)

E135HSLABA 5386546 -  approx. 30 hrs on engine

 

Bought used, dealer said they replaced water pump & starter before I bought it.

Battery is new, on-board charger is always plugged in. (MinnKota)

Evinrude fuel/water separator.

Everything works, no electric problems, no problems period.

 

Very random starting 'problem'. I turn the key, wait for all 4 lights on rpm gauge to light up, hear the beep then turn key to start.  Most every time, it turns over and starts right up.

 

Every once in a while, instead of turning over and starting .... nothing. Zero, nada, nothing.  Might happen once, maybe twice in a row.  Doesn't happen every trip.  The only 'non' radomness I've seen so far is that it is more likely to happen first crank of the day.  Never had it not start, just that little rush when it doesn't fire.

 

 

Love the motor, just wondering if anyone else has had this type issue.

Captain
Posts: 231
Registered: ‎08-20-2017

Re: Random starting problem.

As a tech my first guess would be an ignition switch problem. Occasional problems are very hard to diagnose.
Also, there is no need on an Etec to wait for the self test of warning lights to complete before starting the engine.
Admiral
Posts: 7,340
Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: Random starting problem.


@jebber wrote:

Details - 2014 135HO on a SeaArk 1872. (yes, it's fast)

E135HSLABA 5386546 -  approx. 30 hrs on engine

 

 

 

Every once in a while, instead of turning over and starting .... nothing. Zero, nada, nothing.  Might happen once, maybe twice in a row.  Doesn't happen every trip.  The only 'non' radomness I've seen so far is that it is more likely to happen first crank of the day.  Never had it not start, just that little rush when it doesn't fire.

 


If the gauge goes through self test OK but the motor will not crank over, the most likely culprits are an intermittent starter solenoid or a loose, mis-adjusted, or intermittent neutral safety switch in the control box.

If the self-test does NOT come on and the motor won't crank over, and the guages do not come on, then there is a voltage problem getting to the purple wire off the keyswitch.

 

 

 


"There is never just one thing wrong with a boat";
                    -- Travis McGee, main character in a book series by John D. McDonald 


 



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Skipper
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎06-05-2018

Re: Random starting problem.

Thank you both, I appreciate it.

 

"Also, there is no need on an Etec to wait for the self test of warning lights to complete before starting the engine"

 

I did not know that!

 

Thanx again!