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Benn posted 05-12-2010 11:54 AM ET (US)   Profile for Benn   Send Email to Benn  
I removed my 1995 Mercury 75 ELPTO about a month ago for a hull re-hab project. Admittedly I have a Privateer, not a Whaler. Of course, I also completely unhooked all the cables and wires from the center console and piled them in the garage. I Decided to get a new Optimax motor and I want to put the old motor up for sale. I put the old motor on a stand, plugged in the wiring harness, connected the two yellow wires that went to the shifter safety switch, hooked up a battery, and fuel. The throttle and shift cables are not connected.

It will turn over fine, but won't catch. I had this running great just a couple weeks ago on the boat.

I've made sure the boat is in neutral, but did not put the wiring harness cable all the way in the steel harness in the motor (which is a pain). I also did not do anything with the other wires, the purple and a black on the ignition switch side of the cable. The kill switch wire (black with yellow) was never connected--never had a kill switch--and is plugged and taped on the ignition side, same as it always was. Do I need to ground the black wire on the throttle cable? Is there some other safety that I am obviously missing? Thanks!


jimh posted 05-12-2010 10:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Use a spark tester to see if you are getting spark.

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