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Old 05-04-2017, 12:41 AM
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We just put a perko switch in it and it still drained the battery. Hopefully I get to run it tomorrow and see what it does a few days after.
You've got multiple issues then. Something failed and something wired incorrectly. If the switch is off and a battery still goes dead, A) its a bad battery, B) it was dead already, C) something is wired direct to the battery and is failed or on, causing an unwanted draw.

This actually simplifies things. if wired correctly, you eliminate 99% of the boat as the draw, leaving you the auto bilge pump as the only thing that should circumvent the switch.
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Old 05-04-2017, 02:18 AM
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Ok please let us know your findings. I hate ongoing issues like this, and I am sure you hate them more currently. Good luck

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Old 05-04-2017, 08:34 AM
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is your bilge pump wired directly to the battery?
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Old 05-04-2017, 08:49 AM
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No I have not ever read that manual I will keep it in mind! I think we can get a multi-meter. So I will try that test ^^, when I get a chance. If that is the case I will have to find a place to rebuild the alternator. Thanks for the info!
Some auto parts stores have manuals that have been opened, so you may be able to see if it has a good troubleshooting section.

If you can't find a Chilton's manual that applies, look for one from Haynes or Indmar.

If the battery drains with the Perko shut off, look at the battery and count the wires that are connected- if it's one red and one black, remove the orange wire from the post on the alternator and tape the end so it can't touch anything. Let it sit and check the battery the next day- if it's good, the cause is in the alternator, as I posted before.
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Old 05-05-2017, 02:22 PM
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Some auto parts stores have manuals that have been opened, so you may be able to see if it has a good troubleshooting section.

If you can't find a Chilton's manual that applies, look for one from Haynes or Indmar.

If the battery drains with the Perko shut off, look at the battery and count the wires that are connected- if it's one red and one black, remove the orange wire from the post on the alternator and tape the end so it can't touch anything. Let it sit and check the battery the next day- if it's good, the cause is in the alternator, as I posted before.

So before we got to in depth with figuring the issue out. We double checked the perko switch and needless to stay it was wired wrong.... With that being said we had a friendly mechanic hook up the switch.... So correct me if I'm wrong the power cable goes from the starter to the common on the perko switch right?
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Old 05-05-2017, 04:40 PM
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Old 05-05-2017, 04:59 PM
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Everything but the auto bilge, goes to the common.
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Old 05-06-2017, 12:42 AM
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No issues now that the perko switch has been wired correctly.

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Old 05-09-2017, 12:26 AM
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Everything but the auto bilge, goes to the common.
may be a dumb question, but if you turn you perko switch to off but leave the auto bilge on (as in a case where you leave the boat in a slip overnight) would the auto bilge still work?

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Old 05-09-2017, 12:29 AM
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No issues now that the perko switch has been wired correctly.
Good to hear that you resolved the issue.

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