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Old 08-11-2020, 07:58 PM
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Just bought a boat, 2003 Kencraft challenger with a direct injected Evinrude 250.. Took her out on the maiden voyage this last Sunday. Boat was running great, was coming up on plane, hit the trim up switch, boat shut off, dead in the water, dropped the anchor with the windless. Hit the key and would not turn over. Checked fuel bulb, two stroke oil tank and bulb, and cycled batter selector. Boat fired right up. Headed out again to meet some friends and hit the trim up while coming up on plane and it died again, dropped the anchor with the windless. Checked everything and couldn't find anything noticable other than the kill switch had never been hooked up. Engine had been running with out it plugged in. Replaced kill switch and sill wouldn't start. For shits and giggles, cycled battery selector and boat started, now the windless would not work at all. On the way back, about 5 minutes of run time, got the no oil alarm and shut it down. Oil tank was filled and full from earlier, pumped the oil tank bulb again, boat started, no alarms and ran fine the rest of the way to the boat ramp. The boat had just came out there shop right before I bought it, it had a new magneto and flywheel replaced. To say the least, I'm LOST! any advice would be helpful lol.
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I'm very confused with your fault description, but, it appears when you use the trim, it's drawing too much current and stopping the Outboard, bad connections might be the first place to look, or try to reproduce the fault on land to trouble shoot, you say "won't turn over" by that do you mean actually turn over, or do you mean start?
Old 08-12-2020, 04:20 AM
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Originally Posted by noelm View Post
I'm very confused with your fault description, but, it appears when you use the trim, it's drawing too much current and stopping the Outboard, bad connections might be the first place to look, or try to reproduce the fault on land to trouble shoot, you say "won't turn over" by that do you mean actually turn over, or do you mean start?
Sorry for the confusion... in both instances, trying to restart the engine, turning the key, had power to the gauges, but no response from the engine, as if it had a dead battery... died twice while applying trim up on the throttle, seemes that cycling the battery selector would then allow the key switch to engage the starter to start.
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Check you battery's and all connections. These motors are known for EMM issues as well. Good luck.
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Also inspect the flywheel and stator for severely rusted magnets or any type of damage. Have your battery load tested and all the cables and connections cleaned and inspected.
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