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JIM OREM posted 07-22-2008 02:23 AM ET (US)   Profile for JIM OREM   Send Email to JIM OREM  
Is there a manual that tells how to reset the [unspecified Mercury SmartCraft instrument] after an alarm flashes with no audiable sound just bell and engine icon shows up? Resetting unit does not work.
jimh posted 07-22-2008 08:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Normally the SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL discussion is the best place to discuss vessel instrumentation systems. I will move this discussion there later.

There are several Mercury SmartCraft instruments, so it would be helpful if you could mention exactly which Mercury SmartCraft instrument you have.

Mercury Marine provides excellent technical documentation with their SmartCraft devices. If you no longer have the technical documentation for your device you can obtain an electronic document from Mercury Marine's excellent website. The website provides SmartCraft technical documentation in the portable document format for downloading. The technical documentation is clearly linked on the website. For convenience, here is a URI directly to the listing of technical documentation or owner's manuals for all SmartCraft devices.

http://www.mercurymarine.com/otherproducts/smartcraft/ smartcraftataglance/technical_information/documentation.php

The URI above is also a hyperlink, so you can just click on it and you will be taken to the website from Mercury Marine which has links to download the technical documentation you are seeking.

In the Mercury SmartCraft SYSTEM MONITOR documentation, the alarm signal consisting of a bell and engine icon is denoted as:

Engine Malfunction
The Bell and Engine Icon will
appear to inform the driver that
an engine problem occurred.

My interpretation of your situation is that your Mercury SmartCraft system is indicating to you that an engine malfunction has occurred.

Compare at page 13 of

http://www.mercurymarine.com/_media/pdfs/otherproducts/ smartcraft_manuals/System_Monitor_Manual.pdf

jimh posted 07-22-2008 08:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
In order to remove this alarm, you probably will have to clear the fault code in the engine which is generating the alarm. It is a good idea to investigate alarms to determine what is causing them, rather than just resetting the alarm.

The Mercury SmartCraft documentation instructs:

"When a problem is detected with the engine, the warning display
screens will alert the operator to the potential problem. Refer to the
Engine Operation, Maintenance and Warranty Manual for
explanation of the problem and the correct action to take.

"If problem can cause immediate engine damage, the Engine Guardian
System will respond to the problem by limiting engine power. Immediately
reduce throttle speed to idle. Refer to the Engine Operation,
Maintenance and Warranty Manual for further explanation of the
problem and the correct action to take."

Therefore you should now refer to the Mercury Engine Operation, Maintenance and Warranty Manual for an explanation of the problem and the correct action to take.

In regard to the lack of an aural alert, the documentation is silent on that point.

jimh posted 07-25-2008 08:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
[Moved to the SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL discussion from another area.]

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