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I have a 1988 Mastercraft Prostar 190 w/Ford 351 engine.

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I have a 1988 Mastercraft Prostar 190 w/Ford 351 engine. When I turn the key to the accessory position a high pitched whistle begins. But, when I continue turning the key, nothing happens. No start, no starter noise, no clicking, no noise or action,,, except the high-pitched whistle.
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Customer: I checked power to the starter. It has power
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Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Tan replied 3 months ago.

Hello. My name is Tan.

We need a volt meter to do some voltage tests.

Do you have a meter?

Do the gauges come on when key is in on position?

Is the control in neutral?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I verified power to the starter and the relay. I also replaced the old relay.
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
All gauges are active
Expert:  Tan replied 3 months ago.

Do you have a volt meter to do some voltage tests?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I tried to check the kill switch to verify there was no problem there (the button that connects to life jacket by a cord). I don't think it's an issue.
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I have a volt meter, yes.
Expert:  Tan replied 3 months ago.

The kill switch has nothing to do with the engine cranking it is ignition.

We need to test for voltage on the yellow/red wire on the key switch with switch in the crank position. Do you have voltage? If yes then go to the start relay and with a jumper wire jump 12 volts to the yellow/red terminal at the relay. Does engine crank?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Okay, when I get home tonight I will try this. Can I reach out to you again tomorrow, Tan? Thanks!
Expert:  Tan replied 3 months ago.

Absolutely. You could have a bad key switch or a bad neutral safety switch. You have eliminated the start relay/solenoid. So you results will tell me which.

Thank you.Tan Talk tomorrow.

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