New SeaArk won't start

Discussion in 'Boat Repair Help' started by sgt_rob, Oct 22, 2006.

  1. sgt_rob

    sgt_rob Member

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    I picked up my long-awaited RiverCat Friday. The dealer had ran it Thursday with no problems. I got it home, installed hot batteries and ran into a problem. The motor will tilt/trim from the switch on the motor but will not tilt/trim from the controls at the helm. It also will not start or even turn over. I pulled the wiring harness conector apart at the helm and couldn't find any voltage so I started at the battery and followed the wires to the starter; found 12V. A lead drops of the starter and goes to the fuse panel; all fuses are good. The leads then drop into what looks like a computer then into a wiring harness. I pulled the wiring harness connector apart in the motor and can not find any voltage. Any Ideas?
     
  2. Bobpaul

    Bobpaul New Member

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    Rob, what engine are you working with?
     

  3. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    Take it to the dealer and make them get it right!!! Digging into some of that stuff could void the warrantee on it!!!
     
  4. beeverfishing

    beeverfishing New Member

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    Absolutely, Take it back to the dealer. You do not want to mess around with something that is (should be) covered by warrenty. It doesn't take much to void a warrenty. Any indication that you tried to "fix" the problem could cost you good $$$ in the end.
     
  5. sgt_rob

    sgt_rob Member

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    Bob, it is a Suzuki DF140 4-stroke.
     
  6. sgt_rob

    sgt_rob Member

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    Problem solved. The wire that feeds the computer was connected to a different battery. I'm not sure why, but it didn't like that. The batteries are identical and both are hot. Once I connected the computer lead to the starting battery, the tilt/trim and starter operated. Weird huh?
     
  7. Mr.T

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    Not at all. I doubt you had a ground connection between the second battery and the engine -- the ground for the engine comes from the negative starting lead; any other circuits for the engine need to be on that same battery.

    Glad you got it figured out.
     
  8. Bobpaul

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    It seemed like something obvious. Yup, Suzuki's have a ways to go with their wiring. It could be simplified, but it ain't.

    They might have plug in's for the gauges by now. Last Suzuki's I rigged, were a nightmare compared to other engines.

    Your going to love that rig
     
  9. sgt_rob

    sgt_rob Member

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    No ground, yep that makes sense. I'm going to love it? Too late! Now I have room for the kids without worrying about getting swamped.