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meb posted 07-16-2003 03:36 PM ET (US)   Profile for meb   Send Email to meb  
I have a 2003 Montauk 170 with a 90 2 stroke Mercury. If the motor has not been started for a few days, the first few times the switch is turned to the start position nothing happens. The electric trim works, the bildge pump will work but no power to the motor and no movement in the amp meter. After a few attempts with the switch the amp meter will read about 8 amps and then all is fine and the motor cranks. I ask the dealer and they suggested I check the battery connections. I did and they are fine. The switch is about 40 dollars and I would rather replace myself as the dealership is 60 miles from where the boat is docked. Does this sound like a switch problem?
Jerry Townsend posted 07-16-2003 05:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
You have a switch problem - but it might just be a slight case of corrosion. Get a can of electronic anti-corrosion spray from Radio Shack or other source and using the extending tube, get some of this spray into the 'guts' of the switch. I suspect that it will eliminate your problem. In a pinch, you can use WD-40.

If this doesn't work, I suspect that you may well have to replace the switch.

One of the reasons I suspect that your problem is corrosion is that electrical or mechanical problems do not fix themselves. --- Jerry/Idaho

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