Starting Problem

Discussion in 'Boating Discussion' started by glenng, Sep 25, 2015.

  1. glenng

    glenng Newbie

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    Well I fixed all the issues I had and now the boat won't start. Volvo Penta D-4 the solenoid just clicks or what I think is the solenoid, when I try to start the boat. Batteries are good start switch and cables are all good. I did not check the cable at the start, very tight and difficult to get to. I think it is the solenoid but not sure, any recommendation on what do do next. The boat is a 22" Davis Cortez

    Glenn
     
  2. Bottom Line

    Bottom Line Village idiot

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    Sounds like the Bendix and/or the solenoid mechanism. Remove starter and lube pinion gear & shaft - possibly replace the relay/solenoid.
     
  3. 2na

    2na Newbie

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    had the same issue on mine...I was getting a 12.5v at the starting battery.
    checked solenoid, cable, and put in my buddy's starter...nothing except "click"

    result...bad battery! had 12.5v, but no amps.
     
  4. s//m_cinco

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  5. glenng

    glenng Newbie

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    The battery is new so I know that is not my problem. Is there a difference between the relay and a solenoid. The Item that is clicking is small round item that is about 2" around?

    Glenn
     
  6. brokeass boater

    brokeass boater Well-Known "Member"

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    Like as already posted, need to have "good" batteries. If the battery's are good and it clicks, its the starter. If you hear the starter spining when turning the key, it's the solenoid,,,gregg
     
  7. bman440440

    bman440440 I am the one who knocks!!!

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    just because your battery's are new doesn't mean that they are good... ask me how I know! and the solenoid is attached to the starter see pic attached

    $_12.jpg
     
  8. glenng

    glenng Newbie

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    I had the battery tested to make sure after it did not start. The item that is clicking is the small round item above the solenoid. That is amazingly helpful that picture, I can not even see that it's so tight in my engine compartment.
    Also, I need to check my ground wires.
    Thanks Glenn
     
  9. mholtel

    mholtel Mike x 5

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    These late model VP applications had an issue with the OD lift indicator switch. It does not give significant voltage to ignition sw. to starter solenoid.
    Kinda acts like a nuetral safety switch. It will not send sufficient current to starter motor to turn over engine when the OD is in the up postion.
    Maybe try and place jumper cables to starter solenoid to isolate ignition system.
    Be very carefull !
     

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