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I have twin 1997 efi 250's. when I turn the key on for the

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I have twin 1997 efi 250's. when I turn the key on for the port engine I get the red idiot lights prior to start up. the starboard engine does not do the same. Are we looking at the ecu as the problem?
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Jason replied 3 months ago.

Hi Dan, my name is Jason.

Is the starboard engine not starting? Or does it start, but just no lights?

Expert:  Jason replied 3 months ago.

Are you still with me?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
there is no fuel on board so I can not verify it will start. the engine does turn over
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
are you still there. had connection problems
Expert:  Jason replied 3 months ago.

I'm here.

Have you swapped the lights left to right yet to rule that out?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
swapped all bulbs out with other cluster
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I do not get the beep tone out of this engine either after you turn the key on but prior to cranking the engine
Expert:  Jason replied 3 months ago.

Did you swap the actual cluster itself?

Are you near the motor now, and do you have a volt meter?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I am not near the motor. would not have internet there. I have a test light but not volt meter
Expert:  Jason replied 3 months ago.

You need to check for power out of the purple wire on the key switch and see if you have power on that wire with the key in both the run and start positions. When do you think you can get near the boat?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I did not swap cluster just bulbs
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I can go do that now its 50 yards away
Expert:  Jason replied 3 months ago.

Okay let me now what happens

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I have power in both positions
Expert:  Jason replied 3 months ago.

Are you getting power at the purple wire at the cluster?

Expert:  Jason replied 3 months ago.

Also, what is the serial number on the engine?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
there is power to the cluster
Expert:  Jason replied 3 months ago.

What is the serial number on the engine?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
A13k00294
Expert:  Jason replied 3 months ago.

That's not the correct number. The serial will be on a sticker on the clamp bracket, starboard side.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
06470225
Expert:  Jason replied 3 months ago.

The 6 should be a letter, not a number, can you have another look at that and see what letter it is.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
G
Expert:  Jason replied 3 months ago.

Got it. Swap the main power relay from one engine to the other and let me know if it now works or not.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Where is the main power relay
Expert:  Jason replied 3 months ago.

Its next to the trim relays. There are 3 relays along the side of the engine. If you can't find the trim relays, just hit your trim buttons up and down and you should hear them click. s

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Looks like a starter solenoid?
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
R u there
Expert:  Charles replied 3 months ago.

Hello, my name is***** you still need assistance with this engine?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
swapped relays and no change
Expert:  Charles replied 3 months ago.

OK, does the boat have any kill switches?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
the standard kill switch with a lanyard. I worked it several times and it makes no difference in starboard engine idiot light function
Expert:  Charles replied 3 months ago.

Is it only one or two? Either way, swap the black and yellow wires from one engine side to the other. Then try both keys, see if the problem follow to the port engine or stays on the STBD.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Charles, are you talking on the engine or at the key switch?
Expert:  Charles replied 3 months ago.

At the key switches. The black/yellow wires are the kill switch wires.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Thank you Charles. It is currently 100 plus degrees here and I'm about to over heat. Is there anyway we can carry this on tomorrow or will I have to make another order?
Expert:  Charles replied 3 months ago.

There are no time limits here. We can pick this up any time that you need to. I have a DR. appt tomorrow morn, but I should be on after that.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Thank you sir. Should I just answer your last suggest ion or wait until you return?
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Tomorrow
Expert:  Charles replied 3 months ago.

Try that first, then let me know the results.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Will do thanks
Expert:  Charles replied 3 months ago.

Your welcome

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