4wheeler - 9/1/2005 12:08 AM
Bought a new hour meter and wanted to install it on my boat to monitor engine hours. The meter did not come with any instructions. I assume you would hook it up to the key switch but I can't see any way to attach it there. Would you recommend that I hook it up to any of the gauges that turn on with the key switch? The only negative possibility I see is that the switch could be on supplying power without the engine actually being on. Where do the rest of you hook up your hour meters on outboards?
Thanks, in advance.
I hooked mine to the fuel guage positive lead. It comes on when the key is on, yes, but that usually precedes start up immediately. FWIW, I think this is true of most installations - including those from the factory...