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Old 08-19-2015, 06:36 PM
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Ignition switch replacement problems

I'm new to boats and just bought a used boat with a 1979 Chrysler 140. The ignition switch had the key broken in it. Prior to changing the switch the motor would turn and start. I replaced the switch with the same type switch. Now when I turn the key nothing happens. It doesn't seem to have any power going to the motor. I didn't disconnect the battery before taking the old switch out and it arc a little when two of the terminals touched the throttle rod. I have checked for any fuses but didn't find any. I noticed the breaker on the engine was tripped so I resent that still nothing happens. I even reconnected the old switch and it doesn't work anymore either. I have checked wiring diagrams to make sure I connected all the wires correctly. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-19-2015, 07:21 PM
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I bet you have a fuse coming from the mount power to the switch somewhere in the dash.
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Old 08-19-2015, 07:27 PM
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Or check the kill switch. Is this an outboard?
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Old 08-19-2015, 07:45 PM
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You have a disconnected wire somewhere. Get out your test light (or ohmeter) and make sure that

1) you have battery power to the switch
2) the switch powers the ignition when turned to first stop
3) the switch powers the wire to the solenoid when turned all the way

Do a Google search for "boat ignition wiring" and you'll find a diagram that will fit your application
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Old 08-19-2015, 09:15 PM
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It is an outboard. I don't see a kill switch on it. I don't yif they had them on 1979 models. I haven't found any fuses in then wiring to or from the switch.
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Old 08-19-2015, 09:29 PM
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Is the breaker really reset? Sometimes they can do funny things with age and corrosion.


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Old 08-19-2015, 09:44 PM
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I pushed it back down. It doesn't come back out. I'm not sure what else to do to check it
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There is a fuse panel somewhere. I liked my fus messing with the ignition switch. My guess is there is a fuse block somewhere under the dash. A quick way to test this would be to run a power wire strait from the batter to the ignition switch power. If it works......start digging for the fuse.
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Old 08-19-2015, 11:35 PM
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I'm assuming that would be in place of the red wire that is attached to the post labeled B. Just making sure I'm on the right page. I have not found a fuse pannel or box. All the accessory fuses are the old glass style mounted in the dash.
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