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Registered: ‎03-26-2015

1978 25 hp johnson starter won't engage

I have a 78 johnson 25 hp motor the solenoid will click but starter won't engage.I have checked the neutal switch,insatalled a new battery,removed and cleaned all terminals in the starter system,even tapped the starter while the key is engaged.checked votage all the way to the starter 12 volts good,any ideas 

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Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: 1978 25 hp johnson starter won't engage

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Use a digital voltmeter connected to the starter 12V positive post and the to the starter housing. Have someone turn the key to START and hold it there and record the voltage.  If it is below about 10 volts, then there is a cable, solenoid, ground, connection or battery problem.


If below 10 volts, then connect the voltmeter directly to the battery posts, not the cable terminals and repeat the test, If the battery remails close to 12 volts, then you have cable or connection problems. If below 10 volts, then the battery is not putting out enough energy.



You may find this article helpful with your troubleshooting.





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