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Registered: ‎05-12-2019

Motor struggling to start

Tried to start my 2013 Etec 250 H.O. yesterday and it struggled to start. Checked all connections at battery and they were good. I also bought a new battery to see if that was the issue and no change in situation. I was on the lake Thursday with no issues and Friday when I put it on the water is when this issue started. Usually it starts right up when pushing the start button on the ranger key pad. I’m thinking it may be the solenoid... any suggestions? Thanks!
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Registered: ‎08-20-2017

Re: Motor struggling to start

If struggling to start means the starter is turning the engine slower than normal then it could be a voltage drop in the high current starting circuit, including the solenoid or worn contacts in the starter.
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Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: Motor struggling to start



When you say struggling to start, do you mean there is aa delay when you use the key pad before the starter engages or that the motor cranks over for a longer time than normal before running?




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