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Skipper
Posts: 5
Registered: ‎08-24-2012

System self check reruns after engine starts

I have a new (as of July) 2012 90HP E-Tec and SystemCheck gauge.  When I turn the ignition key on, the self test runs as expected.  However, after I start the engine, the self check runs again (beeps and cycles thru all the lights).  The motor runs perfectly the whole time.  I don't remember this happening when I first got the boat, but seemed to happen more and more frequently, and now happens every time.  Is this normal, or something I should worry about??

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Admiral
Posts: 9,047
Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: System self check reruns after engine starts

Usually that is caused by low voltage while the starter was operating, most often caused by a weak battery,wiring or connection problems, or wing nuts on the battery.

 

 

 


"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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The factory recommends that a properly trained technician service your Johnson or Evinrude outboard motor. Should you elect to perform repairs yourself, use caution, common sense, and observe safety procedures in the vicinity of flammable liquids, around moving parts, near high-temperature components, and working with electrical or ignition systems.

The information offered here is only general in nature and should not be construed as complete factory approved procedures, techniques, or specifications. Always use the proper service manual for your motor, up-to-date service literature, the correct tools, and have an understanding of how to proceed with troubleshooting and repair methods. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with a procedure, a situation, or a technique, enlist the services of a factory trained technician.


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Skipper
Posts: 5
Registered: ‎08-24-2012

Re: System self check reruns after engine starts

This is a new 1000Ahr marine starting battery.  The connections are clean and tight, hex nuts, not wing nuts.  Water is covering the plates.  Connections at the key switch also tight.  The nominal voltage at the battery terminals is 12.6v.  When cranking it drops to the 10.6v to 11v range.  This is on a dvm, so it's hard to tell the absolute minimum.  The voltage rises to 14.4v at fast idle, so I think the charging circuit is ok.  Anything sound bad so far?  I suppose the battery could be marginal.

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Skipper
Posts: 5
Registered: ‎08-24-2012

Re: System self check reruns after engine starts

Update to my last post:  After I took the measurements, I struggled to get the battery strapped back in.  It's in an awkward spot under/in back of the rear seat.  The next three times I started the engine, the self check didn't rerun after the engine started (all though they did while I had the battery moved forward taking the measurements).  So there must be something loose in all the wiring back there.  Now I have to figure out what.

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Admiral
Posts: 9,047
Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: System self check reruns after engine starts

Glad you found a place to start looking

 

 

 


"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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The factory recommends that a properly trained technician service your Johnson or Evinrude outboard motor. Should you elect to perform repairs yourself, use caution, common sense, and observe safety procedures in the vicinity of flammable liquids, around moving parts, near high-temperature components, and working with electrical or ignition systems.

The information offered here is only general in nature and should not be construed as complete factory approved procedures, techniques, or specifications. Always use the proper service manual for your motor, up-to-date service literature, the correct tools, and have an understanding of how to proceed with troubleshooting and repair methods. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with a procedure, a situation, or a technique, enlist the services of a factory trained technician.