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    Bad Ground

    I’m sure 90% of folk on this forum will know this-just in case. After 4 months of my boat lying idle, (winter in AZ-boat in WA &BC), starboard engine wouldn’t start. Clicked like a dead battery and gauges went crazy. Knew battery was good, thought it might be solenoid. After help from some friends it turned out to be very badly corroded grounds, where they attach to the engine-not battery. On my 4087, on the starboard side its hidden under the turbo. So badly corroded that nut wouldn’t come out-stud did. Bottom line cleaned stud and terminals, added some dialectic grease and good as new.

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    Thanks for posting that. Checking the grounds is Excellent advice!

    KEVIN SANDERS
    4788 LISAS WAY - SEWARD ALASKA
    where are we right now​​​​​​???​

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      #3
      Don't ya just love it when "a plan comes together"...?
      1988 '38 "Liberty"
      Cummins 6BT'S 210hp
      Navigating Raritan Bay

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        #4
        Call me weird, but I spend 15 minutes doing nothing but looking. Each spring with flashlight, screwdriver and needle nose in hand I climb into the engine compartment and simply inspect. Wiring, hoses, tanks, clamps, switches, fittings, etc.... I always loosen then tighten the battery terminal connections. Even if I don't find any deficiencies I learn something new.
        1999 Ciera 2655 5.7L BIII "Brenda Lou"
        1996 Skeeter 1850DV 175 Mariner 9.9 Mariner. sold, sold, sold
        1975 Lund 14' 25 HP Mercury. sold, sold, sold
        2008 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 6.7L Turbo diesel Quad Cab
        Green Bay, WI on the Fox River
        South Bay Marina

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          #5
          Originally posted by Eyeman View Post
          Call me weird, but I spend 15 minutes doing nothing but looking. Each spring with flashlight, screwdriver and needle nose in hand I climb into the engine compartment and simply inspect. Wiring, hoses, tanks, clamps, switches, fittings, etc.... I always loosen then tighten the battery terminal connections. Even if I don't find any deficiencies I learn something new.
          Eyeman,

          I would not call you weird, I spend a lot of time in my engine compartment doing nothing but looking around making sure everything is in good condition. Probably once a month.
          Scott Jones
          Sea Ray 440 Aft Cabin
          Liveaboard Start Date 1/May/16

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