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Have a twin engine console and was trying to see if my fuel

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Have a twin engine console and was trying to see if my fuel gauge was inop. When I hotwired left side Gauges to right side, I shorted out the right panel and when I turn the key on its as if there is no power but my left engine panel has power. I can hot wire the opposite panel and all the gauges work but the ignition switch won't turn on power. Did I short out my ignition switch?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Jeff G. replied 1 year ago.

What engines do you have?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
twin(###) ###-####ETECS
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Jeff G. replied 1 year ago.

Remove the engine cover and locate the fuse holder and check the 10 amp fuse on the engine.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok, will check it tomorrow.
Expert:  Jeff G. replied 1 year ago.

The fuse is to protect the wiring harness so it is what has probably blown. Replace the fuse and you should be OK. Let me know what you find.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for the help! I am an active duty pilot in the Coast Guard stationed in Kodiak Alaska.
Expert:  Jeff G. replied 1 year ago.

Well stay warm. Next time you want to check a fuel gauge just short between the sender and ground terminals and the gauge should go to full. If not the gauge is bad. You should have a positive volt, neg. volt and sender terminals.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Excellent advice, the fuse was blown. I replaced it and the engine started up.
Expert:  Jeff G. replied 1 year ago.

Great! Helo or fixed wing?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have flown both. I fly C-130's now but flew the Army helo's and Coast Guard helo's
Expert:  Jeff G. replied 1 year ago.

I'm a PPL, so just wondering. Thanks for your service and Happy New Year.

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