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Pat Smith posted 09-11-2000 09:00 PM ET (US)   Profile for Pat Smith   Send Email to Pat Smith  
I got a stupied question.On my 18' outrage 85 I have a light in the back right corner of my transum area,Its on the tip of a 2 1/2 foot metal pole.1st question,how do you turn it on,2ed is it part of the orginal boat,3rd whats it used for.I don't think its part of my navagation lights,they work fine.I've changed the light bulb,still don't work.Thanks guys.
Peter posted 09-11-2000 09:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
Sounds like what your describing is your stern navigation light. The outrage 18 is rigged with separate port and starboard running lights in the bow, a combination anchor/white mid-ship forward facing navigation light at the center console and a stern rear facing white navigation light mounted on the 2 1/2 foot aluminum pole on the starboard side. That light should come on when you pull the navigation light switch out all the way. It is part of the original boat. If you've replaced the bulb and it doesn't come on, get a multi-meter and check to see if you have 12 Vdc at the contacts when the navigation switch is pulled out all the way. You may need to clean the contacts if they are oxidized. If you don't find 12 VDC at the contacts, you have a wiring problem.
lhg posted 09-11-2000 09:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Pat: See also my note in the "Repair" column, labeled "Stern Light", dated 08-18-2000. The plug for this light could definitely be your problem.
Pat Smith posted 09-11-2000 10:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Pat Smith  Send Email to Pat Smith     
my two pronged connector is corroded,is there a temperary fix until I replace the connectors.What can I clean it with?lhg thanks for your note,just hope I get the right plug to replace it with.
triblet posted 09-12-2000 10:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Dunno about your outrage, on my '98 Montauk
the masthead light uses a standard Perko
part for the connectors. It has two round
brass pins of different sizes. I can get
replacements at West Marine. This
connector has been an ongoing hassle.

Make sure you don't also have a corrosion
problem on the wires ("copper cancer").

You may be able to clean up the old
connectors by dropping them in a couple
of ounces of vinegar.

Chuck Tribolet

Pat Smith posted 09-12-2000 03:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Pat Smith  Send Email to Pat Smith     
Just a follow-up: the light now works.The brass pins on the connector had corrosion on it.I used this stuff called Lime-A-Way,a lime,calcium,and rust cleaner.Just poured some on for acouple of minutes,then washed it off with water.Thanks for all your help guys.Pat
lhg posted 09-12-2000 04:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Yes, Lime-Away. I'd be lost with out. Use it in a million places for things like this. Also will get the yellow water stains off hulls. Great for getting salt water & even fresh water spots off chrome & ss fittings.
Use quickly, and rinse, rinse, rinse!

Chuck - See my above referenced note on the trailer harness style stern light plugs. This will solve your problem. I switched about 8 years ago and have not had a problem since.

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