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chad posted 05-16-2002 11:32 PM ET (US)   Profile for chad   Send Email to chad  
I replaced my battery today with a marine battery of similar power. When I turned the key the first several times my '84 Yamaha 90 sprang to life, however on two sporatic occasions the motor did nothing. I waited and tried again and she once again sprang to life. Could my starter be going bad? Would like to solve the problem on land.
Thanks,
Chad
whalerron posted 05-17-2002 12:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
Did you clean the battery terminals and the cable ends? If you didn't, this can cause the problem you are having.

- ron

mudpuppy posted 05-17-2002 12:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for mudpuppy  Send Email to mudpuppy     
Check the crimps on the ends of the battery cables--if they are old and corroded, and were flexed when you changed the battery, they, too, could be a source of a bad connection.
andygere posted 05-17-2002 03:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Check the cables themselves. All it takes is a pin hole in the insulation and they will turn into green powder in no time.
Samars posted 05-17-2002 07:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Samars  Send Email to Samars     
Chad...

I assume this did not happen with the old battery...I had a simular problem with mine. Found a number of areas that had turned green and ended up replacing a large section of cable. sounds though like it may be a minor problem...starter, cable, bad or loose connection.

whaleryo posted 05-20-2002 05:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for whaleryo  Send Email to whaleryo     
Check your fluid levels. I bought a new battery last year and had a similar problem. It turned out that the battery had a small hole in the bottom. I exchanged it for another one and it's been fine since.

mudpuppy posted 05-23-2002 08:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for mudpuppy  Send Email to mudpuppy     
Oh yeah good point, Whaleryo. I bought a new battery a year ago that was dead. Flat. Gave me fits trying to sort out the problem, as I had assumed the battery was good.

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