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Old 04-20-2018, 08:36 PM
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Connection points on starter solenoid

I'm replacing the existing starter on my 94 PS190 with 350 TBI with a new Indmar starter (Part No. 573002). I believe the existing starter is an older style and the new starter is a newer style.

Below are photos of the connections at the solenoids of both starters. What is the difference between the two smaller connections on the new starter and how do I know which one I should connect to?



Existing starter being replaced with boots on connections pulled back

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New starter (arrived with white plastic cover on one of the two smaller terminals)

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I'm replacing the existing starter on my 94 PS190 with 350 TBI with a new Indmar starter (Part No. 573002). I believe the existing starter is an older style and the new starter is a newer style.

Below are photos of the connections at the solenoids of both starters. What is the difference between the two smaller connections on the new starter and how do I know which one I should connect to?

New starter (arrived with white plastic cover on one of the two smaller terminals)
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Old 04-21-2018, 11:10 AM
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My guess is that the unused post got a vinyl cap, rather than black paint.
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Old 04-21-2018, 03:34 PM
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My guess is that the unused post got a vinyl cap, rather than black paint.
I don't see any labeling on the small posts (unless you count that white cover). All I'm sure of at this point is there is not electrical continuity between the small posts with nothing connected to the solenoid. I've gotten by since I bought the boat in 2013 on just making sure I connected everything back the way it was when I re-installed the existing starter.

If there is any testing I can do to make sure of which small terminal I connect to (this small connection would be from the starter relay, correct?), I'll do it. Otherwise, I'll contact Indmar Monday.

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Old 04-21-2018, 08:41 PM
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One of the small posts is the trigger from your starter switch.
The other post is only hot when the starter is engaged and is used to bypass the ballast resistor (if you have one) to provide full voltage to the coil when cranking. If you put your wire on the wrong post, the starter will not engage when you turn the key.
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Old 04-22-2018, 09:57 AM
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I don't see any labeling on the small posts (unless you count that white cover). All I'm sure of at this point is there is not electrical continuity between the small posts with nothing connected to the solenoid. I've gotten by since I bought the boat in 2013 on just making sure I connected everything back the way it was when I re-installed the existing starter.

If there is any testing I can do to make sure of which small terminal I connect to (this small connection would be from the starter relay, correct?), I'll do it. Otherwise, I'll contact Indmar Monday.

Thank you for responding.
I would think it might come with a diagram.


Is it in the boat, yet? If so, are you asking before making the connections to be safe, or because it didn’t make the solenoid react?

If you haven’t made any connections, put the battery cable on the large post and tighten the nut. Then, connect the crank wire on the bare, small post and turn the key- it should engage. If not, try the other post. If you make these connections on a bench, make sure to secure the starter- spinning it will cause it to move if you don't expect it.

You don’t have a ballast resistor, since this is a ‘94 model. That was for engines with points in the distributor.

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Old 04-22-2018, 11:17 AM
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I would think it might come with a diagram.


Is it in the boat, yet? If so, are you asking before making the connections to be safe, or because it didn’t make the solenoid react?

If you haven’t made any connections, put the battery cable on the large post and tighten the nut. Then, connect the crank wire on the bare, small post and turn the key- it should engage. If not, try the other post. If you make these connections on a bench, make sure to secure the starter- spinning it will cause it to move if you don't expect it.

You don’t have a ballast resistor, since this is a ‘94 model. That was for engines with points in the distributor.
Yeah, you would sure think it would come with a diagram, but it didn't, and when I called the Indmar dealer on Friday that sold it to me the guy who answered the phone could not provide a definite answer. He was guessing.

No, I have not yet installed it. I just want to make sure I connect to the correct small terminal and don't cause any damage in the process of identifying it. What happens if I pick the wrong small post?
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Old 04-22-2018, 11:19 AM
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One of the small posts is the trigger from your starter switch.
The other post is only hot when the starter is engaged and is used to bypass the ballast resistor (if you have one) to provide full voltage to the coil when cranking. If you put your wire on the wrong post, the starter will not engage when you turn the key.
Damage anything if I connect to the wrong small post?
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Damage anything if I connect to the wrong small post?
I doubt it, but if you don't have a multi-meter, I would suggest buying one, even if it's the $6 one from Harbor Freight.

You can use a piece of wire to connect from the battery cable to either small post- one will engage the solenoid, the other won't- it's not high current, so it won't burn you.
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Old 04-22-2018, 01:17 PM
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I doubt it, but if you don't have a multi-meter, I would suggest buying one, even if it's the $6 one from Harbor Freight.

You can use a piece of wire to connect from the battery cable to either small post- one will engage the solenoid, the other won't- it's not high current, so it won't burn you.
Yes, I've got a BK Precision 2709B an Australian reviewer called "sexy," but I don't think that alleged characteristic makes the numbers any different. Not sure what the applicability is of the multi-meter here. I did use it to establish lack of continuity between the two small posts.

It sounds like if you were installing this starter you wouldn't have an issue with bolting it in and connecting it up, and if the starter didn't turn over, moving to the other small post.
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