Of those who have some experience with Gardner engines, is anyone able to tell me how I could determine if my starter motor
(OEM CAV) is wound for 12V ot 24V without risking burning it? Looking at the electrical
setup in the boat
, I suspect that it has been wound for 24V but is only being fed 12V. My reasons for suspecting this are:
* The battery
tray has been setup for 2 starter batteries
. I suspect previous owner simply decided to take a shortcut and downgrade to 12V to save a few $$ last time the batteries
* On 12V, the starter motor
turns over the engine
quite happily so long as it is still warm or I lift
the decompression levers. From cold with full compression
, it usually doesn't have enough oomph.
* It is my understanding that the default was 24V and 12V starter motors are unusual on the LW engines... Could be mistaken here.