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Maximus posted 04-25-2004 10:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for Maximus   Send Email to Maximus  
I went for the first cruise of the season this afternoon [on a 170 MONTAUK].

Everything went fine except the ignition switch seemed to stick on the START position. Upon initial start up, I noticed that I had to turn the key back to RUN, but didn't think much of it.

Upon recovering the boat to the trailer (motor still running) I heard a bad sound coming from the motor. The wife had accidently hit the ignition key and it was stuck in the START position. Last season, I remember the switch automatically flipping back from the START position to the RUN position. Anyone else have an experience with this?


AQUANUT posted 04-26-2004 12:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for AQUANUT  Send Email to AQUANUT     
Mine has been okay so far, however after every wash down I wonder how much water is stuck in the switch due to the angle it is installed on the console It looks like a great water storage vessel thus corrosion. Hmm.

If the starter stays engaged once the engine is running this is bad, very bad, and costly, and it might just happen when you off shore. Don't let it "slide"

Boeing makes an electrical cleaner called T9 might prevent this from happening.

jimh posted 04-26-2004 09:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Boeshield T-9 is a great product but I do not believe it was designed as an electrical contact cleaner.

See their website for details on what this fine product does:

[This article has been edited to remove non-standard abbreviations, particularly ones invented to substitute for the model names of Boston Whaler boats. I find that there is little value in attempting to save a key stroke or two of typing with the result of obscuring the information content of an article with these unnecessary abbreviations. I have repeatedly asked that articles do not use abbreviations for the year or for the model names of the Boston Whaler boats. That request is again repeated. Compliance would be greatly appreciated.]

AQUANUT posted 04-26-2004 10:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for AQUANUT  Send Email to AQUANUT     
once again jimh...your are a pleather of information..and keeping people minding they're P's and Q's......
let me clarify......the act of placing a key into an plastic ignition switch as found on the [MONTAUK 170].
unlike the metal switches of days gone by....
the evolution of placing an ignistion key into said switch....involves a mechanical proccess....not electrical...although there are small metal tumblers inside the lock mechanism...there is not any electricity involved in the mechanical operation that can be accessed by squiting T-9 with the attached applicater tube into key switch. I feel reasonably sure that contact for the start process is on the bottom of the switch where the spade connectors are....basically....aside forom rocket works in the past quite well so does a product named yama-lube....made by yamaha...but it smaells like camel dung...I prefer T-9

your point well taken...and appreciated jim....but not recommending it for an electrical contact cleaner...more and anti corrosive protectorant..of mechanical parts...I E. ingnition switch that sticks

have a great day! I did

Maximus posted 04-27-2004 05:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Maximus  Send Email to Maximus     
Okay, okay, no more MT170!
Chuck Tribolet posted 04-28-2004 05:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
You aren't the only one. I heard of a starter burning up
for exactly that reason.


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