Late last fall, as I was getting ready to put my boat
away for the year, the starter stopped working. Instead of cranking the engine
, I would just hear the solenoid clicking when I turned the key. The odd thing was that sometimes it started. Everyone told me it was probably the batteries, because it was cold and they were four years old. The marina was able to easily jump start it to run antifreeze
through it, and so they concluded the problem was my batteries as well.
This year, I replaced all the batteries. Battery
Bank 1 is two Group 31 batteries, and Battery
Bank 2 is one Group 24 starting battery. The engine
was working fine earlier in the summer. But today (it was 100 degrees outside) I got the same clicking sound. I tried battery bank 1, battery bank 2, and both. At first, I thought it might be the malfunctioning solar charger
that may have boiled the batteries, thereby ruining them. (It was a flexcharge PV7D, that seems to be malfunctioning because I've seen it bring Battery 2 up to 15.5V even though its specs say it should cut off at 14.2) But then I tried a few more times, and the engine turned over and started quite well. I ran it for ten minutes, and shut it down. I then easily started it again.
So my question is what can be wrong with it? Is it the batteries again? Should I try replacing the cables
from the battery switches to the motor
? (The ones to the battery are new.) Is it the solenoid or the starter motor
? If the latter, how hard is this to replace? Any advice would be appreciated.