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sailvicarious posted 08-19-2007 10:03 AM ET (US)   Profile for sailvicarious   Send Email to sailvicarious  
We have a 1996 Rage 15 with 115-HP, and we have had a dickens of a time with the solenoid. We have bought a case of them because it burns out every time we use the boat for more than 30 minutes.

My husband was thinking that he may need to move the solenoid from its current location. Maybe it just gets too hot.

We really like the Rage, though I know that a lot of people seem to have had horrible problems with it, but we got it for a great price and it was kept in dry storage and was never abused.

Spencer and Kathleen Bailey

Jefecinco posted 08-19-2007 10:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     

Is it the starter solenoid that is the problem?

Also, may I suggest you post your question on the "Electrical" forum. People with an interest and expertise of electrical issues often read the posts there.


Chuck Tribolet posted 08-20-2007 01:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
The solenoid is only powered while starting, not while running.
It sounds to me like your key switch is continuing to power
the solenoid after the engine starts. The key switch
generally has three positions: Off, run, start. The solenoid
is should only be powered in the start position. With the
engine running and the key switch in the run position, check
the voltage between the small terminal on the solenoid and
ground. It should be very close to zero. If it's not, you
either have a bad key switch or an idiot rewiring job.

This problem can also be fatal to your starter.


jimh posted 08-20-2007 04:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Moved to the SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL discussion.
swist posted 08-26-2007 07:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for swist  Send Email to swist     
And how did this wind up? Sure sounds like a bad ignition switch keeping power on the solenoid primary even when not in "start".

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