bad starter solenoid?

Discussion in 'Electronics Q&A' started by billryan, May 2, 2010.

  1. billryan

    billryan New Member

    3
    May 1, 2010
    bella vista, ar
    17.5
    merc 4 cyl
    I have a 2002 Sea Ray 176 with an alpha one 4.3L. My original battery finally died. I tried to temporaily replace with my car battery, and connected it backward. I bought a new battery, and the entire electrical system (except the trim) is dead. I checked all the fuses, and they look fine. Is the starter solenoid the most likely cause of the power outage?
     
  2. sr330daguy

    sr330daguy Member

    446
    Mar 14, 2007
    Hudson River
    97 330da
    7.4 MPI's Bravo 1s
    Westebeke 4.5
    Did you reset the circuit breaker on the engine?
     
  3. billryan

    billryan New Member

    3
    May 1, 2010
    bella vista, ar
    17.5
    merc 4 cyl
    thanks for the post. I tried to reset the breaker, but it did not appear as though it popped. It was firm. I also check the fuses for the bilge, stereo, and ignition (under the dash). None of them popped. I think that connecting the battery backward may have burned the solenoid out. Does that make sense?
     
  4. rabyers1

    rabyers1 Member

    259
    Mar 20, 2009
    Cary, NC
    2001 260 Sundancer
    383 Magnum Stroker w/Bravo III
    There is a 90 amp fuse located where your main positive battery cable connects to the starter. You may want to check that as well. You can remove it temporarily to check that the circuit is then completed.
     
  5. billryan

    billryan New Member

    3
    May 1, 2010
    bella vista, ar
    17.5
    merc 4 cyl
    the 90 amp fuse was the problem. thanks for your input.
     
  6. rabyers1

    rabyers1 Member

    259
    Mar 20, 2009
    Cary, NC
    2001 260 Sundancer
    383 Magnum Stroker w/Bravo III
    Glad that worked for you - been there myself last year.
     

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