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    Default Missing Kill Switch- 96 Stratos-115 Evinrude

    96 Stratos, 115 Evinrude---E115GLEDR...There's no kill switch and I don't know where to place one or where to connect
    it to. Could use some help please...the engine does start and run though.
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    Default Re: Missing Kill Switch- 96 Stratos-115 Evinrude

    I believe your looking at the kill switch. What you are missing is the the clip that clips around the key slot
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    Default Re: Missing Kill Switch- 96 Stratos-115 Evinrude

    Thanks for the reply, dingbat, but exactly what does the clip that I'm missing actually do. If I knew what it did, then maybe I could
    wire in some kind of switch or device to do the same thing.

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    Default Re: Missing Kill Switch- 96 Stratos-115 Evinrude

    If you had the clip and the kill part worked, when you install the clip it pull up on the outer portion of the switch. When the clip is removed, the switch shorts the ignition to ground. The original owner may have lost the clip and just bypassed the wiring of the key switch. There are also several kill switches available that you can add to your dash.

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    Default Re: Missing Kill Switch- 96 Stratos-115 Evinrude

    Thanks Don S....I will order a switch....BUT they don't come with instructions on how to wire them. If someone will tell me what part of the ignition switch needs to be grounded(and I guess you mean to Batt (-)).

    I don't have and can't find a wiring diagram for my boat but I have written down the wire colors on the switch and they are:red/blk, blk, yellow/red, red/blk, blk/yellow, and purple. Can someone tell me which wire needs to be grounded?

    I don't want to guess and short out the battery and maybe burn up some wires!...anyone

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    Default Re: Missing Kill Switch- 96 Stratos-115 Evinrude

    That looks like a standard ignition switch to me - no integrated kill switch (never heard of a combined ignition and kill switch but I haven't heard of everything). Perhaps a PO replaced a combo switch with a standard one. Adding a kill switch is a good idea.
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    Default Re: Missing Kill Switch- 96 Stratos-115 Evinrude

    NYBo, that's what I'm wanting to do and willing to place a separate kill switch in the console but I Need to know what to
    connect it to...any help....I listed the wire colors on the switch

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    Default Re: Missing Kill Switch- 96 Stratos-115 Evinrude

    Ok, just to show you what I mean, look at the picture below. With your fingers, grab the part of the switch marked by the red arrows. Pull it towards you. You will find that it pulls out of the section with the blue arrow. Should pull out about 3/16" maybe a 1/4". That is the kill switch part. OMC used them.

    If you remove the switch or look at the back and take a picture of it, we may be able to show you how to test it. Then all you need is a C-clip if it works.
    Even if you buy a new kill switch, they come with instructions and wiring diagrams.


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    Default Re: Missing Kill Switch- 96 Stratos-115 Evinrude

    Here's a picture, Don S. The center part(red arrows) does pull out, but by only about 1/8 of an inch. This looks like the original
    switch to me. Tomorrow, when I have some sun light, I will disconnect the wires and see if pulling of the center of the switch
    either opens a pair or shorts a pair of the 6 (six) connections or lugs.....this will or should tell me if it's acting like a kill switch.
    If I could be assured that the switches selling here on iboats does have directions, then I will order a replacement switch from
    them......Oh, and on the switch it has: Pollak Pat. # 5237133...but no part number...Thanks
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    Default Re: Missing Kill Switch- 96 Stratos-115 Evinrude

    OK guys, today I removed the ignition switch and using my DVM to determined that if I add a separate kill switch
    and connect it to the two terminals that are shorted together when in the off mode, that should kill the motor.
    The two terminals are not shorted when in the start or run mode so I'm pretty sure that will work!!!
    Thanks to you guys that helped!

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    Default Re: Missing Kill Switch- 96 Stratos-115 Evinrude

    I'm about 95% sure that the black/yellow wire is shorted to ground to kill the motor. That is how my '76, and '85 OMC motors work.
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    Default Re: Missing Kill Switch- 96 Stratos-115 Evinrude

    Thanks Imuss53, that's is exactly what I came up with after disconnecting the switch and using an ohm meter to
    check the shorts and opens at the three positions of the switch. Blk/Yellow goes to Batt (-) to shut down the
    motor. Problem solved...Thanks everyone!!!

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    Default Re: Missing Kill Switch- 96 Stratos-115 Evinrude

    Quote Originally Posted by NYBo View Post
    That looks like a standard ignition switch to me - no integrated kill switch (never heard of a combined ignition and kill switch but I haven't heard of everything).
    You have now


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    pull the lanyard out and leave it wrapped around your wrist and voila!, the motor is left in the "kill" position and only you have the "key" (the lanyard).
    So what happens when your crew has no means of starting the boat to come back and get you?
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    Default Re: Missing Kill Switch- 96 Stratos-115 Evinrude

    I never thought about getting retrieved dingbat, I guess I always assumed that it would be me who went over and I'd be swimming for it. I keep the safety lanyard clipped to the PFD the helmsman is wearing, if that person goes over the side so does the clip. I guess I need a second clip hanging on the console somewhere.
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    Default Re: Missing Kill Switch- 96 Stratos-115 Evinrude

    Quote Originally Posted by dingbat View Post
    You have now
    Sweet! Is that a standard kill switch clip?
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