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I have a 2002 Stingray 180LX with a Volvo 4.3. Wife took it out yesterday and close to shore she went to start it, felt prop hit something and immediately turned it off. I went out, towed them back and got boat home. It wont start, prop now free spins by hand. Prop damage is minimal but I am not sure if thre is a sfety device or something (outside the kill switch) that wont let the boat start due to impact?

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Marine Mechanic: Jason, Marine Mechanic replied 11 months ago
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Good morning, my name is ***** ***** am I speaking with? I read what you wrote. Do you have a model number on both the engine and sterndrive? Is the engine cranking over but not starting when you turn the key, or is it not cranking over at all when you turn the key?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Good morning, this is James McLain, Unfortunately I am at work and don't have specifics as far as model numbers go. I know its a Volvo penta 4.3 motor. It seems like it is cranking, but not firing at all. By the time I got it off the water it was dark last night. I did notice slight damage to the prop, she said she turned the key over, felt impact and immediately shut it down.
Marine Mechanic: Jason, Marine Mechanic replied 11 months ago

Hi James. Even without a model number I can tell you that there is no safety switch. Did you have any further questions on the issue or did you want to get back with me later after you try to restart the engine, and get those model numbers?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
I can get the model numbers and get back with you this evening. Do you have any ideas or suggestions at this time?
Marine Mechanic: Jason, Marine Mechanic replied 11 months ago

Just turn the key and see what happens. Right now I don't really know what you have without actual model numbers. There have been thousands of variations of the 4.3 engine over the years.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
I do know I can turn the prop in both directions with one finger now. And coudnt before she hit the rock without applying some pressure.
Marine Mechanic: Jason, Marine Mechanic replied 11 months ago

When the sterndrive is in neutral you should be able to spin it in either direction with no resistance.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Oh ok. It seemed like I had to apply a bit more prior but I may be jumping to conclusions there since I am lost on the starting issue.
Marine Mechanic: Jason, Marine Mechanic replied 11 months ago

Regardless of what the prop itself is doing or not doing, that would not prevent the engine from starting.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
I understand. I thought the same thing. This boat has run strong since we bought it in July. This is baffling.
Marine Mechanic: Jason, Marine Mechanic replied 11 months ago

There is going to be a reason for it. Lets get the model number on the engine and then take it from there.

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