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Old 10-01-2018, 10:35 AM
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The dash does not come right back on. It may take 20 or 30 seconds before it restores.
I'm thinking the starter is causing an over-current somewhere that is tripping a thermal or auto-resetting breaker somewhere. That the Bendix is locking up occasionally, creating an overcurrent and tripping a breaker. Then the breaker is restoring once I leave it alone for a while. How do you lubricate a Bendix?
OK, You have a bad connection somewhere. There is no self resetting thermal. You need to just start taking connections apart and cleaning them. IF someone has put temporary terminal ends on it at the battery that is usually where the problem is. Please keep in mind if you have a perko switch you need to unbolt it from whatever its bolted to and clean and check the connections on it. Somewhere you have a dirty or bad connection. At this point don't worry about if its tight, just take it apart and clean it.

Of course if you can get someone to help you and turn the key while you test for voltage while they turn the key you can track it down with a meter much quicker. Just keep in mind you are looking for differences in voltage. So you will want to check the cable end one time and then the stud the next. Then the next cable in line on the same stud.
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Old 10-01-2018, 11:35 AM
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Yep, just one click. Not the ta-ta-ta-ta-ta you hear from a battery with low voltage.
The dash does not come right back on. It may take 20 or 30 seconds before it restores.
I'm thinking the starter is causing an over-current somewhere that is tripping a thermal or auto-resetting breaker somewhere. That the Bendix is locking up occasionally, creating an overcurrent and tripping a breaker. Then the breaker is restoring once I leave it alone for a while. How do you lubricate a Bendix?
The old way to test a starter involved touching the stud with the battery cable on the solenoid, but don't leave your finger on there for long- you can be burned.

Battery cable ends can look new and be bad inside of the insulation from corrosion.

The starter needs to be removed in order to lube the Bendix.
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Old 10-15-2018, 01:09 PM
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Olaff, what did you learn?
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Old 10-15-2018, 09:14 PM
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Thanks all. Iím having the same problem and was just about to post out questions. Pretty frustrating for a 2016 boat with 120 hours when itís loaded with people ready to hit the lake.
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