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Tan, MerCruiser Certified Technician
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Experience:  40 yrs. experience with complete engine repairs both inboard/outboard and MerCruiser Certified Technician.
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I have a 1977 mastercraft 190 prostar. it turns over very slow.

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i have a 1977 mastercraft 190 prostar. it turns over very slow. battery is good. what else do i check.the boat is sold and i got to have it ready
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Boat
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
i have the boat here with water hooked to it what do i need to do
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Tan replied 1 year ago.
Hello. My name is***** you have a volt meter to do some voltage tests?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
yes
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
what do you want me to test
Expert:  Tan replied 1 year ago.
We need to test the voltage at the battery cable connection on the starter when cranking. What is your voltage reading?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
8.0
Expert:  Tan replied 1 year ago.
Ok now I need you to test the voltage at the battery when cranking. What is your voltage?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
8.4
Expert:  Tan replied 1 year ago.
The battery must maintain 9.5 volts to start the engine. Is this a new battery? Can you put the battery on charge and test the voltage again?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
i have jumper cables hooked to it 10.1 still turnig slow
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
at the starter with cables hoohed up 7-9
Expert:  Tan replied 1 year ago.
The starter is bad. It's requiring to much amperage to crank the engine over. With 10 volts that is enough to crank the engine. So you have the voltage leaving the starter as the problem.Replace the starter.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
the starter is moving from 7.5 to 9 still bad
Expert:  Tan replied 1 year ago.
What happened to the 10 volts? If the voltage is jumping around when cranking the starter is bad.
Expert:  Tan replied 1 year ago.
Is the starter top mount or bottom mount? The top mount starter RA122009, bottom mount RA 122015
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
i took it to get a new one and they said the starter is okay. they tested it there
Expert:  Tan replied 1 year ago.
How did they test it? You can't test a starter with out putting a load on it. Did they connect it to an engine and try cranking the engine?Bench tested don't work. If you are getting sufficient voltage to the starter and it won't turn the engine over the starter is bad. The only other possibility is the engine itself is got an issue. Has the engine been sitting?Pull the spark plugs out do a compression test.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
how do you do a compression test
Expert:  Tan replied 1 year ago.
You will need to install the starter get a compression gauge. Remove all the spark plugs and screw the compression gauge in to each spark plug hole crank engine over at least 4 times read compression gauge. The starter should turn engine over with spark plugs out. Test each cylinder this way post back with readings. If the starter doen't turn engine over with plugs this just verifies the starter is bad or the engine is binding due to rust or internal engine issue or lastly possible transmission issue. Has the boat been sitting unused for an extended period of time?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I think I got it. I bough a truck starter it is turning the wrong way
Expert:  Tan replied 1 year ago.
What is your question here?
Expert:  Tan replied 1 year ago.
You can't use automotive starters on a marine engine. They are an explosion hazard.

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