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Old 08-12-2008, 01:04 AM
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i was looking on the skidim.com site and noticed this note on their relay:
"If starter stays engaged, it is an indication of a low amperage problem. Check both ends of the battery cables and main grounds."
Time to get the volt meter out again......
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Old 09-06-2008, 03:52 PM
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just wanted to get back to this post for the benefit of others. It appears my electrical problems have been cured. The initial culprit was a combination of incorrect wiring and a bad starter relay (solenoid). I believe the incorrect wiring caused the relay to go bad. It appears to me that the wiring configuration was not updated when the boat was switched from points to EI. I replaced the relay (the one mounted to the engine block), re-wired per the correct wiring diagram for EI, and cleaned all wire ends and connections, including connections to the engine block. Of note, my connections were not what I would consider terrible having only a minimal of rust. However, a bit of cleaning never hurts. I am no longer experiencing hot start electrical issues. Thanks to the Team Talk forum for all the help.
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