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Experience:  25 Years Experience as Mechanic, 20 Yrs Boat Yard Owner/Mechanic, Factory Certified
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I have a 89 four winns 170, we went to start it and it turned on after a few times,

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Hello I have a 89 four winns 170, we went to start it and it turned on after a few times, but as soon as we let go of the key it would shut off, and now it won't turn at all, we were messing with the throttle and it turned but as soon as I let go of the throttle it stopped. Any idea what could be the issue ?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Tan replied 2 years ago.
Hello. My name is ***** ***** key to the on position now check for voltage on the purple wire of the ignition coil? Could I get the engine make, model and serial number please?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Omc cobra. It's a 170 Freedom stock Engine
Expert:  Tan replied 2 years ago.
Is this a 6 or 8 cylinder motor? Did you check the voltage at the ignition coil key on?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
2.3L no I haven't yet I came to my house to pick up somethings, it's weird cuz it started and was actually running for a few seconds and then nothing, now won't even turn over but the radio and horn still works I think it's something to do with the throttle cuz after I started to rev it in idol that's when it stopped turning over
Expert:  Tan replied 2 years ago.
Ok turn the key to start position and move the throttle handle back and forth. Does the engine crank?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
No does not crank
Expert:  Tan replied 2 years ago.
Do you have a volt meter to do some voltage tests? When you turn the key on do the gauges come on?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Yes all gauges come on. No voltage checker
Expert:  Tan replied 2 years ago.
Do you know where the start solenoid is on the engine? Jump the 2 large terminal together.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok will try that
Expert:  Tan replied 2 years ago.
Ok now if the engine cranks we need to jump 12 volts to the small terminal on the solenoid with the yellow/red wire. Does the engine crank? Post back with findings.

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