Jiggle the shifter to start

Discussion in 'General Maintenance/Repair Questions' started by daddyox, Sep 21, 2019.

  1. daddyox

    daddyox Member

    215
    Apr 1, 2007
    Connecticut River
    Sundancer 320 2004
    260 5.0 B III's
    my 320 in the last couple of months occasionally requires a shifter jiggle to turn over. Both engines, no pattern. Is there something I should change out or take a look at? About 520 hours.
     
  2. scoflaw

    scoflaw Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2011
    cape cod mass, cape coral fl
    1999 Powerquest legend 260 sx
    502 mpi Bravo 1
    Take a look at your neutral safety switch, probably located on the shift plate attached to the exhaust elbow. Purple wire.
     
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  3. daddyox

    daddyox Member

    215
    Apr 1, 2007
    Connecticut River
    Sundancer 320 2004
    260 5.0 B III's
    Thank you. Connection looks clean and purple wires (two each engine?)look good too? Could it be a solenoid issue?
     
  4. scoflaw

    scoflaw Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2011
    cape cod mass, cape coral fl
    1999 Powerquest legend 260 sx
    502 mpi Bravo 1
    Check for continuity on that switch when it's in the "no go" It's that switch if the binnacle giggle makes it work
     
  5. daddyox

    daddyox Member

    215
    Apr 1, 2007
    Connecticut River
    Sundancer 320 2004
    260 5.0 B III's
    Ok. I hear the fuel pump turn on. And then after several jiggles it starts. Is replacing the switch just replacing the purple wired connection, about six inches long. Or it replacing what it's plugged into? Sorry for my confusion.
    Later today I had a problem starting for about five minutes. I have not been able to recreate as currently it is starting every time. Love boats!
     
  6. scoflaw

    scoflaw Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2011
    cape cod mass, cape coral fl
    1999 Powerquest legend 260 sx
    502 mpi Bravo 1
    You could bypass that switch "hot wire" to test it. I bypassed that switch years ago, just because the Bravo doesn't like to be shifted when the engine is off. So if you accidently turned the engine off in gear, it's no problem to restart.
     

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