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andygere posted 05-06-2002 03:04 AM ET (US)   Profile for andygere   Send Email to andygere  
My plan to rewire my Montauk was accelerated a little bit. Last weekend, I went down to the boat and it wouldn't turn over. Batteries were weak, but charging didn't help. I suspected the solenoid, but I was wrong. Today I discovered the real problem. The previous owner used a starter cable (from the battery selector switch to the solenoid) that was about 2 feet too long. His solution was to put it inside some rubber cable jacket and stuff it in the tunnel. When I pulled it out, I could see a small cut in the insulation where the cable had been bent. When I opened it up a bit, I found that my copper cable was nothing but green powder. The lesson: Take a look a those "mission critical" wires and cables, and take care of any that look weak. I'm glad this one failed at the slip instead of several miles out.
mudpuppy posted 05-12-2002 10:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for mudpuppy  Send Email to mudpuppy     
I keep a couple of extra cables (old ones left over from rewiring) that enable me to connect directly or jump the two batteries in the event of a failure in the battery switch setup. Haven't had to use them...yet.
andygere posted 05-12-2002 11:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Great idea. I think I'll keep a pair of the better looking ones as spares in a ziplock in my console.
Jerry Townsend posted 05-12-2002 12:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Those ideas are good - but for those long battery cable runs - I also carry two sections of battery cable, each 2 feet long and cable clamps - so that I can cut out a bad section and 'splice' in a good piece of cable. Similarly, a heavy (14 gauge) single cable about 4 feet long with alligator clips on each end is also in my toolbox. ---- Jerry/Idaho

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