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When trying to crank 60hp 3 cyl mercury - i get a click - no starter movment - and the positive terminal of battery heats up. I just replaced starter and solenoid and still no starter function only click and starter feels warm

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No - pretty sure I,ve got a ignition issue

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H​ello my name is ***** ***** am I speaking with? I read what you wrote. Do you have a hand held volt meter and do you know how to take voltage measurments?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Hey Jason - my name is***** do have a multi meter - I’m not real a pro w/ all the functions but am a fast learner

H​I Jimmy. Do you know how to take a basic DC voltage reading? Are you near the boat now and ready to work?

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Are you here Jimmy?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Hey Jason! Sorry about bugging out yesterday...got busy with kids. I plan to get by my boat around mid morning today, I am central time,,, so around 10:30am, Thanks!

Did somebody call you?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Thanks

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
No - nobody has called - please find me another mechanic - Thanks!
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I think there was a glitch in my system, because it said that somebody else was going to be calling you. Did you want me to give you a call now or at a later time?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Please call Now - thanks!

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Replaced the battery cables - problem still exist. I get a click & I hear a whirring when engaging ignition. The starter sprocket stays up at the flywheel too

Hey there. Just got your message now. Do you have a hand held volt meter and do you know how to take electrical measurments?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I do Jason - but I have to head out for my sons baseball game. Can we work together tomorrow morning?? Thanks!

I'll be working my real job in the morning, but we can follow up sometime during tomorrow.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
55357;��� I get that! No problem - this while ignition thang is a pain. Heck - get me a pull string and let’s go manual! Lol!!

You wouldn't want to be doing that on a hot summer day. The whirring is low voltage to the starter, or a bad starter. We just have to do some voltage checks to see what it is. It's still possible that the battery itself is weak/bad.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Agree! I did the test where you turn the key to start & hold volt meter on battery terminals. I got a reading of 8.25 so that’s a normal drop in voltage - right?

O​h no, that's a bad or weak battery. A fully charged battery will ready roughly 12.7V when fully charged. When the battery is loaded (With a battery load testing tool, or simply loaded with a starter motor) that battery must maintain 10.5V or better. (A perfect battery will drop from roughly 12.7 to 11.5). But it must maintain that 10.5V or better. If you are only getting 8.25 then that's to little voltage (The starter itself requires 9.5V or better). You want to try charging your battery up and see what happens. If it still drops to 8.25 even after charged, then you simply have a bad battery.

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