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Old 08-07-2018, 08:55 PM
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Battery Problem?

I have a 2000 Prostar 205V and have loved it, but over the past 3 months every so often when I turn the key, I get nothing. I've replaced the battery twice and still have the problem. I get nothing although horn worked. I've recharged the battery, but it was fully charged within a minute or two, then put battery back in and it started up right away. If any ideas/suggestions/questions, I'm all ears. Thanks, Tom
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Old 08-07-2018, 09:19 PM
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I have a 2000 Prostar 205V and have loved it, but over the past 3 months every so often when I turn the key, I get nothing. I've replaced the battery twice and still have the problem. I get nothing although horn worked. I've recharged the battery, but it was fully charged within a minute or two, then put battery back in and it started up right away. If any ideas/suggestions/questions, I'm all ears. Thanks, Tom
Clean all of your cable connections (all four ends) and don't rule out a corroded cable under the sheathing.

Check your neutral safety system (if it is not a complete circuit, you get nothing....horn could be on a hot lead to work).

Make sure your shifter cable is putting the shift lever into the neutral position (part of the neutral safety setup). You can do a manual check by moving the lever by hand to the farthest position away from the engine.

Starter can have an issue but look at the cables first (all ends..clean and secure).

Don't rule out the ignition switch. They can go bad.

Shouldn't be hard to track down.

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Old 08-07-2018, 09:48 PM
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Starter solenoid, Key switch or starter relay are suspects.
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Old 08-07-2018, 10:01 PM
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I just went threw the same thing with my 1991, I would have to Disconnect the Battery when not in use.
It was the Starter solenoid positive post was corroded half way threw, and the Ign Switch was no making a good contact.
After replacing the Ign switch and Solenoid problem went a way.
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Old 10-26-2018, 07:39 PM
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Battery Connectors

I'm assuming that this particular problem has long been solved, however I will tell you of my latest, similar issue. Symptoms: boat won't start, clicking when turning the key (or no sound). Checked: battery, starter, solenoid, key switch. Solution: Replaced the battery connectors. (Yep, just that simple) After trying all the bigger solutions I took it back to basics to make sure that I was getting a tight and consistent connection with the battery and VOILA....it started right up. The good ol' KISS method works again!
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Old 10-26-2018, 08:10 PM
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Solution: Replaced the battery connectors. (Yep, just that simple)
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........ look at the cables first (all ends..clean and secure).
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Can be any number of possibilities across the board.
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Old 10-26-2018, 08:22 PM
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My connectors were clean and secure, but a little bashed up. I was surprised quite frankly that that was it. Good tips everyone. Thanks for posting all of the help. Iíve used your wisdom a ton!
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Old 10-26-2018, 08:37 PM
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My connectors were clean and secure, but a little bashed up. I was surprised quite frankly that that was it. Good tips everyone. Thanks for posting all of the help. Iíve used your wisdom a ton!
Pay it forward.

Glad you got your issue resolved easily. Electrical gremlins are sometimes elusive.

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Old 10-27-2018, 10:23 AM
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I had a shorted diode in the alternator draining my battery
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Old 11-01-2018, 06:55 PM
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Pics of bad connectors

Thought it might be helpful for you to see what my bad connectors looked like.
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