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Old 12-28-2007, 11:55 AM   #1
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Default Problem with starting and lowering Trim 1800 SR3

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When I attempt to lower the trim or start up the engine (4.3 Mercruiser) I get a chattering sound. I have replaced the battery but the noise is still there. It sounds like a chattering solenoid but I doubt the starter solenoid and the trim solenoid have both decided to fail at the same time. Any ideas? Maybe a loose connection? But where? Help!!!!
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Old 12-29-2007, 05:35 AM   #2
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welcome to the zoo....it's kinda slow here ....so...from what I'd think about ...I'd check all the connections going to the battery and starter...if the connections are corroded..just like your car...it will be resistive and not a full amperage would get to the solenoid....also...check the solenoid for the outdrive to make sure the connections aren't corroded either........so...check that...get a battery cleaner..that thing with the wire brush the terminals and check the battery switches too....

hope this helps..
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Old 12-30-2007, 11:08 PM   #3
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i,m no expert but try a multi meter and check voltage at each selonoid

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Old 05-20-2008, 04:28 PM   #4
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Well guys, I have sorted the problem. Yes!!!!

After checking all the connections, during my investigations I found that the large red wire running from the battery to the cut-out switch ( The switch you operate with a plastic key ) was getting warm. High resistance I thought after several attempts at lowering the trim and trying to start the engine. I by passed the cutout switch and everthing worked as it should. A new switch was fitted for 10 euros and we were away! Fabulous!!!

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SB..thanks for the update......

glad it all worked out for you...


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