- Jun 2, 2008
- Boat Info
- 1998 450 Sundancer, Achilles dinghy w/15hp
- 3126 Cat's
I saw an older friend at the Yacht Club meeting on Wednesday evening, who has a 450 SD w/ 3126's. He started telling me about this past weekend, Rod & his wife had loaded up the boat after not being out for 3-4 months. They got all prepped and the port engine turned over, but it would not kick on & run. I told him about my experience with a similar issue. I told him about these great guys on this forum (FW & Barlow) who told me about this 12-volt relay in the box at the head of the engine. I asked him what time he could meet me on Sunday (today) at his boat and he says noon... I bought a new relay at O'Reilly's on Thursday and swung by my boat and grabbed my fused jumper wire with alligator clips on each end. I meet him at his boat today, I first had him turn it over and yes confirmed no combustion. I then put on my jumper to the positive side of the fuel solenoid, tapped 12v positive on a battery & bam the solenoid slammed back. I asked him to turn it over again, and it fired right up purred like a kitty, I asked him to kill it, but it kept running as I had forgotten that you have to pull the wire off to get it to die. (we laughed about that) I then swapped out the relay and re-fired the engine again purring... He tried to pay me and I said no several times. I said someday I may ask you for a favor, that day may never come, but remember if it does you can't say no...(we laughed again) PS: starboard tried to run but wouldn't stay running, fuel primer pump was unscrewed.