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elgroppo
04-29-2007, 07:08 PM
My brother left to sea on the Nimitz and left me with his boat for the summer. I have tried starting it and it will crank but not start. I checked the output of the distributer and there was nothing. I am new to working on boats so any advice would be great.

T Scott
04-29-2007, 07:11 PM
My first guess is the kill switch. It is a clip that is usually on a red curly cord. the receiving end is by the ignition switch. Double check that first......If that dosen't work, people much brighter than me will be able to get you going!!

elgroppo
04-29-2007, 07:14 PM
The kill switch is operating as it should so that is not the problem but ty for your help

milkmania
04-29-2007, 07:19 PM
The kill switch is operating as it should so that is not the problem but ty for your help
had the same problem, and it was the kill switch....
and
it was not determined until I pulled the instrument cluster and jumpered across the leads

I had all power, lights, horn, etc....


chased that one for a while, and broke down and asked the board....
they had me going within 10 minutes http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=1856&highlight=kill+switch

elgroppo
04-29-2007, 07:33 PM
Thanks, I will double check the kill switch by jumpering it.

elgroppo
04-29-2007, 07:58 PM
kill switch is good, jumpered it and still the same problem. All gauges, lights, horn, etc. work also, just doesn't crank over.

88 PS190
04-29-2007, 08:13 PM
have you checked for power off the coil?

elgroppo
04-29-2007, 08:20 PM
There are 4 distributer caps, each one services 2 spark plugs. There is no voltage off of any one of these. I took off one of the distributers and it seems that everything is internal. I figured that all the distributers would have to be bad so I ruled that one out. I dont know where they are getting power from because there are no large gauge wires going into it. Not sure how to check the power input?

ProTour X9
04-29-2007, 08:33 PM
I like the 1994s, post some pictures (http://http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showpost.php?p=103156&postcount=10) :D

JimN
04-29-2007, 08:35 PM
elgroppo- look for my reply in the marineengines.com thread.

FYI- those are coil packs and the plate under them (the ignition control module) acts as the distributor.

Another think to look at- next to the crank pulley, there are two sensors with a harness to each. Make sure they're plugged in securely.

If the boat is in a place where critters can get in, look for shredded wires and insulation. The first clue will be foam in little pieces everywhere, which they like for nesting. Hopefully, this isn't the case.

elgroppo
04-29-2007, 09:22 PM
Thanks for all your postings. The circuit braker had popped and it starts now. Thanks all

elgroppo
04-29-2007, 09:26 PM
Boat is fixed thank you all. The circuit breaker had popped. Thanks again everyone

SkiDog
04-29-2007, 09:28 PM
Boat is fixed thank you all. The circuit breaker had popped. Thanks again everyone
ANOTHER HAPPY CUSTOMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JimN
04-29-2007, 09:29 PM
WOO HOO!:woohoo:

elgroppo- Make sure to check what I mentioned in the other thread, too.