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Old 06-22-2003, 09:52 PM
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definately not a engine guru... i know enough to get in trouble... but seems like i've read somewhere that most of todays ignitions... just quit working at 9.5 volts..... no matter what... starter still works but no fire...

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Old 06-22-2003, 10:03 PM
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Craig, thanks for the blast across the lake!! But it's just wrong that Ryan got to go faster than I did!!!! LOL!!!

Maybe at some point this week I'll feel like messing with my boat. I'm soooooo burnt out on fixing it.
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Old 06-22-2003, 10:27 PM
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Foul, when reading the thread title, I though "Oh no, he's used up the whole world's supply of PS belts!!!!!!! Glad it is not anything as serious as that!


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It was nice seeing everyone again. Foul it does not sould like anything real serious but, I know how a person can get burned out on a boat. Just take a break and look at it later in the week.
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Old 06-22-2003, 10:43 PM
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If the alternator does not do the trick, I'd look into the ign box. Sounds like a typical puking of an ign box or a coil. Expecially if it fired back up after a short while. Eventually it will just crap out totally.

The motor will run on just a battery (think of a drag car) but eventually drain itself to the point where it cannot make enough spark.

Good luck, don't get frustreted, we've all been there.

 
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come on ol' buddy, pick that chin up now. wipe the tears........
you can do it.

i wanna hear those famous words from you

now what are they???? come on... you can say it.......

come on, say it .....
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Rob, I can't say it until I do it. And right now, I just don't feel like it.
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Nice seeing you boys on saturday

Whitey.. Nice looking boat, maybe next time we get together you'll have to take me for a spin

Mr vette Nice meeting ya and seeing your boat, sweet setup and it runs like a raped ape



Foul... thanks for the towel soaked with beer it smelled great this morning LOL! It was a pleasure having you ride with me. My back sure hurt this morning..



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If the batteries were hooked up in parallel without an isolator or battery switch was set to both/2, the bad battery will load down the good battery AND the alternator. This means that you may have only had 9 or 10 volts while running, with the alternator working very hard to charge up the batteries.

If the combined pair was at 10 volts, for example, and you try to start the engine, you would probably be lucky to have 6 or seven volts while cranking. A solid state ignition probably has a minimum voltage, and if you go below that it will not make sparks. I would have BOTH good batteries checked on a load tester AND check the alternator. Yes, you should be able to run for a while with just batteries.

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Although it proably gave a scare, it sounds like you're going to get off pretty easy. Install that new alternator and go boating!

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