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Charles, Marine Mechanic
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Experience:  US Navy (Ret) Certified Mercury Marine Tech with over a decade of repair experience.
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My optimal 200hp 2008 yr won't start it doesn't respond to

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My optimal 200hp 2008 yr won't start it doesn't respond to the key, all I hear when I turn the key is something turning on and the engine won't turn
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Charles replied 5 months ago.

Hello, my name is***** will assist you.

Expert:  Charles replied 5 months ago.

Has your engine been sitting for some time?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
it was sitting about 6 months I got in an accident the hull and trailer were damaged but it's been running great for the last 3 months
Expert:  Charles replied 5 months ago.

Do you have a multimeter to do some testing?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Expert:  Charles replied 5 months ago.

Great. Start at the battery and measure the voltage. It should read over 12V DC. Then move to the engine at the starter solenoid. Test the large red ended cable. It should read very close to what the battery did. Then, having a helper turn the key to start, test the voltage on the yellow ended cable. This one is only activated when the key is in Start. If you get 0V, test the smaller yellow/red wire when the key is in Start. If it is 0, that points to the key switch, if it is 12V, the solenoid has failed.

Expert:  Charles replied 5 months ago.

Let me know what you get.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Thank you I'll try that
Expert:  Charles replied 5 months ago.

Your welcome

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