Hi all -
So the inevitable fun has begun. The "Excellent running condition" Perkins
that came with our boat
has already had 3k worth of work
done to it, and the truth is I have zero experience with diesels, so all specific knowledge of this engine
is completely absent from my skill set. I'm totally comfortable learning
by doing, but issues like today require a base level of experience I don't have.
ran two weeks ago. Today the engine would not turn over. Behaved like a classic
example of a dead battery
- clicking sound, the whole thing. The only problem? The batteries
were completely charged, and even adding the house bank resulted in nothing - engine would not turn over at all.
Put the multimeter on the battery
and saw no drop in voltage when trying to engage the starter motor
. Put the multimeter on the starter motor
and saw a reading drop to 2.3 volts when my wife turned the ignition switch.
Before I buy a buy new starter motor, is there anything else that can cause this on a Perkins
I mean, this motor gauge cluster has a stupid black button (two stupid black buttons actually) that do God knows what, and when I gave up trying to start the motor and began the "I'm a stupid guy who's just pressing buttons now" phase of mechanical desperation, pushing that black button resulted n my voltage meter on the instrument cluster dropping form 12 V reading to a 10V reading. I'm assuming that this is just crap wiring
issues from a 42 year old boat
and is probably some kill switch (and the other one is probably a pre-heat?), but I'm going to feel real stupid if I buy a new starter motor and there's just some fuse I don't see that blew.
Additional information - I recently took the alternator
output off of the starter motor and ran it to the housebank for charging
reasons. I rechecked all wires and connections at the starter and all is tight and clean, and the engine DID start after I did all that and ran for 30 minutes before I shut it off - that was 2 weeks ago and the last time it ran.
Any advice? Thanks