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Intermittent Tachometer, 1992 Johnson 100-HP
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posted 09-30-2005 09:34 PM ET (US)
Engine: 1992 Johnson 100 GT
Symptoms: Tach will register properly for the first few minutes after starting, then will drop to zero. Battery voltage never seems to rise about 12.4v and often seems to run low.
Actions so far: Checked stator for ground / short-- seems fine. Replaced tach-- same problem.
posted 09-30-2005 11:20 PM ET (US)
Sounds like the rectifier to me - I had similar symptoms with my 1991 Evinrude 225, replaced the rectifier, and symptoms went away. There are tests a mechanic (or you, armed with service manual and multi-meter) can run to test it.
posted 09-30-2005 11:53 PM ET (US)
I had the same problem as you and kingfish.
Replaced the rectifier and all was OK...
posted 10-01-2005 12:43 AM ET (US)
Sail16 , there are 3 diodes in a rectifier. One has failed and now the alternating current is flowing both ways. The rectifier is shot. High sierra
posted 10-01-2005 07:46 AM ET (US)
Another vote for the voltage rectifier.
posted 10-01-2005 09:51 AM ET (US)
See my post "OMC tach problem."
It's a simple test with an ohmmeter.
Bob on Tampa Bay
posted 10-04-2005 10:53 PM ET (US)
The number of diodes in a rectifier is highly variable.
References to other articles should include Uniform Reference Indicators.
posted 05-15-2006 05:29 PM ET (US)
[I] have a similar prob[lem] with old [E]vinrude 70hp. [T]he tach[ometer] now does not work at ALL. It reads 5,000 all the time; needle does not move at all. [L]ast year, it would read sometimes, but very erratic.
posted 05-15-2006 10:07 PM ET (US)
Electronic circuits are affected by heat. This often causes intermittent operation as an engine warms up.
posted 05-16-2006 08:00 PM ET (US)
I had a similar problem with my Nissan tach last season. Intermittent reading, mostly too high, but didn't have a low voltage reading.
Several suggestions on the forum included cleaning the contacts. This was the cheapest of all the proposed fixes so I purchased an aerosol can of contact cleaner at a local Radio Shack for $9.00, sprayed inside the tach and moved the cylinder setting knob back and forth a few times, reset the engine cylinder setting on the tack to the correct setting and bingo the problem was gone. I lucked out on that one as a new Nissan tach costs about $180.
posted 05-16-2006 11:14 PM ET (US)
I have seen that same situation on a Mercury tachometer. Just rocking the calibration switch back and forth several times restored the contacts. I would not spray contact cleaner into the interior of the tachometer gauge. It might cause more problems than it fixes. Some cleaner sprays are harmful to some plastics. Try just moving the switch back and forth before resorting to the cleaner spray.
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