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Old 05-26-2017, 09:33 PM   #1
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Looking for help with a battery off switch problem...as per the attached pictures.. when I do not connect the red/black wire to the positive terminal on the battery the GUEST battery "off" switch works... when I connect the red/black wire the "off" switch does not work and I can still start the engine..
Any ideas as to how to fix would be helpful.
(P.S. I keep the boat for the summer 2 1/2 hrs from home.. The place I got got it winterized at home disconnected everything and said it should work they way I had it and could not help by phone and offered to look at in person.. but its already in the water and too far..so looking for any ideas here before I take it to the local marina which is currently swamped with work) Thank you.


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Old 05-26-2017, 10:05 PM   #2
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So by removing the positive off just one battery off is off?

Is it just one battery that behaves this way?

Do you get power with this wire off and the switch on? Batt 1 or Batt 2 position?

What is the second red wire on the lower battery in the first picture?
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1. The large main positive wire stays on the battery it's just removing the small red/black wire that makes off - off
2. Happens if I put the red/black wire on either batteries positive terminal
3. Yes when the red black wire is off.. I get power on batt 1 and batt 2 and both and off is off
4. That wire goes to the trim ..makes stern drive go up or down
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Btw Thanks for reply Mike
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Where do those red/black wires go? They don't look factory.

I cannot tell what there for from the pictures.
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Really confused on how you can start the engine with the switch in the off position by wiring in the small red/black wire which cannot handle the high amps of a starter.

What stops working when the red/black is disconnected?
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Old 05-27-2017, 04:26 AM   #7
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When you took those pictures the Battery Switch is in the #1 position!!!!
Not Off!!!
Engine will start when switch is in #1 position!
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red/brown should be to your float switch(engine bilge)... always wired directly to your battery... the red/black I presume is an power lead to the dash... how it got there I do not know(and possibly its supposed to go to your forward bilge float)... 1st do you keep your boat in the water? if so you MUST make sure your float switches (engine bilge and cabin bilge) have power from the battery and do NOT go threw the guest switch... once you find those power leads to the floats and make sure they are wired directly to the battery take all the other leads and connect to the "feed" post of the guest selector switch as well as make sure that the main power lead to the starter is connected to the feed lead as well... that should solve your problem and make sure that you are properly wired as well
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Where do those red/black wires go? They don't look factory.

I cannot tell what there for from the pictures.
They go straight up into a black wiring jacket bundled with a lot of other wires...have not traced the other end yet and can not find detailed info in boat literature
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Also they are factory
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