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Installing new ignition switch on 2008 Sea Ray 185 bowrider. Four…

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Installing new ignition switch on...
Installing new ignition switch on 2008 Sea Ray 185 bowrider.
Four wires. 2 red/purple, 1 yellow/red, 1 purple/red.
Poles:
Ignition
Starter
Accessory
Battery
M
What wire goes to which pole?
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Marine Mechanic: Jason, Marine Mechanic replied 3 years ago
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Hello, my name is ***** ***** am I speaking with?

Those all make sense except for the "M". What do you mean by M? Are there 4 posts or 5 on the back of this key switch? Do you happen to know who makes this switch?

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Customer reply replied 3 years ago
I, A, M, B, S are the lettered poles.
The ignition is OEM I believe.
Will have to check receipt for mfg name.
Marine Mechanic: Jason, Marine Mechanic replied 3 years ago
Are there 5 posts in total on the back of the keyswitch, or are there 2 different M's?
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Customer reply replied 3 years ago
4 posts.
Forget M. Just a letter without corresponding pole.
I can send you photo if you email me at***@******.***.
Thanks, Jason
Gordon
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
Sorry for being confusing.
There are 4 poles on the Sierra MP4010 switch.
I, S, A, B. No M pole.
I have a photo I can share with you if that would help.
Gordon
Marine Mechanic: Jason, Marine Mechanic replied 3 years ago

No problem Gordon, it was just the M that didn't make sense,. The way I was reading that was that you had a 5 posts, which should not have been there.

wires. 2 red/purple, 1 yellow/red, 1 purple/red.
Ignition - Purple/red
Starter - Yellow/red
Accessory - Not needed unless you have a stereo that you want to wire to the accessory position
Battery - Both Red/purples

I think that should do it I do want to make sure you are happy with the service I am providing to you before you go. Did you have any other questions on the wiring or do you think that covers it? --Jason

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Customer reply replied 3 years ago

Yes.

That is the way I had it, but it does not start.

Marine Mechanic: Jason, Marine Mechanic replied 3 years ago

Okay.... So really what you need help with is diagnosing a no start issue.... Corrrect?

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Customer reply replied 3 years ago

It seems so, but I had to make sure the wiring was correct. Does that make sense?

Marine Mechanic: Jason, Marine Mechanic replied 3 years ago

I hear you. The wiring is correct.

Do you have a voltmeter or test light and do you know how to check for basic votlages?

When you turn the key to RUN, do your gauges come alive and do you get the beep?

When was the last time it started?

Did anybody install a battery, jump a battery, or charge a battery when it last started?

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Customer reply replied 3 years ago

I have fully charged the battery.

Bilge and blower work.

No beep when I turn on the ignition.

I have a volt meter, but I will need assistance to use it properly.

Marine Mechanic: Jason, Marine Mechanic replied 3 years ago

I can't teach people how to use voltmeters, that is something you would already need to know on your own. It takes months at the college/trade school level to understand what you are doing with it, it's not something that can be taught over a forum.

When did this engine last start? Did anybody install a battery, jump a battery, or charge a battery when it last started?


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Customer reply replied 3 years ago
Battery is fine. Boat started easily in November.
Voltmeter shows no flow to either the starter pole or the ignition pole.
Your thoughts as to the problem?
Gordon
Marine Mechanic: Charles, Marine Mechanic replied 3 years ago
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Hello, my name is ***** ***** expert here on the site.

Where did you have both meter leads when checking the voltage?

What engine do you have?
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Marine Mechanic: Tan, MerCruiser Certified Technician replied 3 years ago
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Hello. Gordon. MY name is ***** ***** go to the motor and check the voltage on the circuit breaker? Connect the red test lead to one of the terminals on the circuit breaker then the black lead to an engine ground. What is you voltage reading? The meter needs to read 20 volts DC. You should have 12 volts on the circuit breaker.
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Marine Mechanic: Charles, Marine Mechanic replied 3 years ago
Gordon,
Could you please answer my question about the meter and the engine?
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