Starter is Just Clicking

Discussion in 'Ask a Sea Ray Employee...(No Longer Active)' started by millz90, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. millz90

    millz90 New Member

    175
    Oct 1, 2009
    North Carolina
    1995 Sea Ray 175
    3.0 Mercruiser Alpha I
    SO i bought a brand new starter hooked it up and i am still just getting a clicking sound? Any ideas?

    I am reading 11 volts on the dash so i assume i am getting enought battery power to crank it?

    Is there something else i should check?
     
  2. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
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    Doesn't matter what the dash reads. What are you reading at the starter? What does the battery read?

    What diagnostics did you do to warrant buying the new starter?

    Very recent thread with same question - see if it helps: http://clubsearay.com/forum/showthread.php?t=24446
     
  3. millz90

    millz90 New Member

    175
    Oct 1, 2009
    North Carolina
    1995 Sea Ray 175
    3.0 Mercruiser Alpha I
    Yea i posted on that one too. It looks like they sugested replacing the slave solenaid.

    Should i replace that?

    So to test the voltage do i put one end of the tester on the ground cable of the battery and one on the positive of the starter and see if i get 12 volts when the keys turns or should it be constant?
     
  4. AKBASSKING

    AKBASSKING Active Member

    Apr 13, 2008
    SE Alaska Summer/Columbia River winter
    1988 Yacht Fisher
    Twin 375hp Cat 3208 T/A
    Yep
     
  5. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
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    Also measure directly at the battery to check condition of cables (not definitive, but will give a good idea).
     
  6. wish2fish

    wish2fish Active Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    Locust Creek, Ohio River mm 433
    2003 220BR
    5.0 MPI
    11 volts. is that enough to crank the starter?
     
  7. millz90

    millz90 New Member

    175
    Oct 1, 2009
    North Carolina
    1995 Sea Ray 175
    3.0 Mercruiser Alpha I
    How is this done?
     
  8. millz90

    millz90 New Member

    175
    Oct 1, 2009
    North Carolina
    1995 Sea Ray 175
    3.0 Mercruiser Alpha I
    Well the 11 volts is what is showing on the dask volt gauge.
     
  9. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
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    Same as checking at the starter. One lead on +, one on -.
     
  10. skolbe

    skolbe Active Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    St. Louis, MO
    320 Sundancer, Mercury 310 Sport Inflatable Tohatsu 6HP
    350 Mag V-Drive - Kohler 5ecd
    I suspect your batteries may be toast. Lazy Daze is sending you in the right direction.
     
  11. millz90

    millz90 New Member

    175
    Oct 1, 2009
    North Carolina
    1995 Sea Ray 175
    3.0 Mercruiser Alpha I
    So if i put a lead of the metter on the negative side of the battery and one on the positive what should it read 12?
    How would i know if it was the cables or how would i know which cable if not both?
     
  12. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
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    A fully charged battery should read about 12.4 (someone help - is that about right?).

    Checking at the battery gives you a reference to not only if they are charged (and holding a charge if you check them over time), but by checking at the battery and at the starter you can compare numbers. You shouldn't see much of a drop, if anything. If you do, you can do a voltage drop test to check cables. But, look at the cables - if there's obvious corrosion, just replace them since that corrosion has more than likely worked it's way up inside the cable.
     
  13. Capt Bob F

    Capt Bob F New Member

    210
    Oct 14, 2009
    Columbus, Ohio
    2005 Sundancer 340, Raymarine Chartplotter, Auto Pilot, Bow Thruster, Sat TV
    2008 Whaler 13'
    8.1 Horizon MerCruiser V-drives
    I had the starter just click on a previous boat (1999 5.7 mercruiser) and replacing the slave solenoid did the trick. Easy inexpensive job. (Assuming your batteries are good)
     

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