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Bill ,Are all those relays located in the black box attached to the engine? Do relays work intermittently ,or are they either good or bad ? I wish I better understood the complexities of the electrical systems on the boat. I could wire a house ,no problem ,but looking at a electrical schematic and relating that to the actually wiring ,leaves me scratching a bald spot on my head.
From: CW Bill Rouse <brouse@...>
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Sent: Wed, Jul 14, 2021 1:42 pm
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Intermittent starting issue
I believe if that works on your Amel, the Negative Solenoid is defeated, bypassed, or not installed.
The negative solenoid closes by the key action when the key is moved to "start."
I think it might be possible to connect a remote starter switch to the starter relay which controls both the starter solenoid and the negative solenoid.
On Wed, Jul 14, 2021 at 12:32 PM Mark Erdos <mcerdos@...
thought. When the engine doesn’t crank, use a remote starter switch to bypass
the panel. This connects to the solenoid on the starter (the small terminal
marked “s” and the pos battery terminal – thick red cable). This will completely
bypass the panel at the helm.
This will help isolate your issue. If the engine cranks, you’ll know the issue
is in the panel or harness (probably a poor connection). If it doesn’t crank it
is not the panel.
To anyone else
reading this, this item should be in your spare parts. Some people will use and
ruin a screwdriver to do the same thing but this is much safer.
- Cream Puff - SM2K - #275
cruising - Tahiti, French Polynesia
For a couple of years I have had an issue ,where I turn the
key and nothing happens, or the blower may come on and then turning the key
further results in the blower going off. It seems to be a condition where there
is an electrical contact ,but when additional load is required ,the contact is
broken. I can go months without this occurring , but it does, and I need to
resolve it ,before it gets me into trouble. I have a new starter battery and
starter ,so that is not the issue. I have in the past turned the battery
switches off and on repeatedly and then been able to start the engine ,but not
always. We met up with Delos in the Caribbean a few times and I know
Brian disassembled his switches to clean the contacts.But I did not ask if he
was having starting issues , I guess I assumed he did. Before I go to the
trouble of doing that, I was wondering if other owners have had such an issue
and cleaned their switches . Is there other possible causes I should look at
first. It would not be easy to get the pins out of the handles , and disconnect
all the cables in order to disassemble the switches ,so I don't want to do it
if it has never been an issue before, I have never heard anyone in all these years
mention a problem with the switch contacts.