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Tilt on my 250 Verado's. The starboard tilt refuses to work…

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Tilt on my 250 Verado's. The starboard tilt refuses to work unless I touch the starter.

Mechanic's Assistant: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?

With the motors up and cold, the dual and single tilt switch for the starboard engine will not lower the motor the port motor works fine. I found if I touch the sarter of the starboard engine the tilt works. These are 2008 Verado's with 600hrs.

Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Boat
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Marine Mechanic: Charles, Marine Mechanic replied 2 years ago
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Hello, This is Charles. Thank you for requesting me.

What are you touching the starter with?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Just turning key to start then immediately off. After that the tilt works.
Marine Mechanic: Charles, Marine Mechanic replied 2 years ago

That is really odd. How are your batteries wired? A pic of them really would speak a thousand words.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Each engine wired directly to it's own AGM battery. I believe the ground is shared between batteries. I suspect a ground problem, but I've cleaned the ground connections at the batteries. Not sure where to clean on engines.
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Does the tilt mechanism use a different wire at the batteries then the heavy yellow wire from the engines. There are multiple wires at the battery negative post on each battery. I know the charger has a wire to the positive and negative of each battery. The engines don't require the battery switches to be on to start.
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I'll send pic's Friday
Marine Mechanic: Charles, Marine Mechanic replied 2 years ago

On the engine, the ground is located on the right side, below the fuel filter. There is a nut holding several ring terminals there.

Does both trim motors sound the same?

The tilt gets its power from the engine post, inside the electric box on the right side.

Has the port engine had a reflash of the PCM and the STBD did not?

Friday sounds good. I have a day job as well and I will not log on until after 630 PM CST. Then I will be here from after 10 AM on Sat and Sun.

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