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Auto bilge pump float not working. Where do i start?

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  • Auto bilge pump float not working. Where do i start?

    1999 sea ray 180 with merc 3.0 and alpha 1.



    I was looking for a leak, and put some water in the rear of the bilge area. I noticed that the float switch never turned on the bilge pump. I checked the movement of the float, and it moved freely. Where do i start troubleshooting? Is it worth chasing down a problem, or do i just replace it? If i replace it, how is it mounted, and how do i remove it? Its pretty hard to get to, directly under the engine.

    thanks!
    2005 Chaparral 220 SSI
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...851fba82be.jpg

    1999 Sea Ray 180 (SOLD!)
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...505_160633.jpg
    1991 Sea Ray 170LT (SOLD!)
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...27145726-2.jpg


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    Re: Auto bilge pump float not working. Where do i start?

    Is there a separate fuse for the float switch circuit? (Hint: there should be.) If not, how is the fuse for the entire bilge pump setup?
    Bob, Orange County NY
    '88 Bayliner 1700 Capri Bowrider, 85 HP Force O/B, "Sea Weasel"
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    Disclaimer: Although I am a member of the USCG Auxiliary, the opinions and advice in my replies are my own and do not necessarily reflect CG or CG Auxiliary policy or regulations unless so specified.

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    • #3
      Re: Auto bilge pump float not working. Where do i start?

      Where do i start troubleshooting?
      Ayuh,... Is there power goin' to it,..??
      Any Grease is Better,..... Than No Grease at All.......

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      • #4
        Re: Auto bilge pump float not working. Where do i start?

        The bilge works if i flip the switch. It just doesnt with the float.

        I didnt check the specific fuse, but i did glance over them and didnt see any blown. I will check again.

        Its a 2 wire switch right? so power in, switch, power out to pump?

        I will check fuses, and dig out the test light next time i bring it home.

        If it is borked, how is it mounted? how do i replace?
        2005 Chaparral 220 SSI
        http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...851fba82be.jpg

        1999 Sea Ray 180 (SOLD!)
        http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...505_160633.jpg
        1991 Sea Ray 170LT (SOLD!)
        http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...27145726-2.jpg

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        • #5
          Re: Auto bilge pump float not working. Where do i start?

          Yes, there should be two brown wires, on e in and one out. The "in" wire should be connected directly to a battery positive terminal, hopefully with a fuse between the battery and the float switch.

          We can't tell you exactly how yours is mounted. Mine is mounted with two screws.
          Bob, Orange County NY
          '88 Bayliner 1700 Capri Bowrider, 85 HP Force O/B, "Sea Weasel"
          Want a vessel safety check? Click here. Want to join the Coast Guard Auxiliary? Click here.
          Disclaimer: Although I am a member of the USCG Auxiliary, the opinions and advice in my replies are my own and do not necessarily reflect CG or CG Auxiliary policy or regulations unless so specified.

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          • #6
            Re: Auto bilge pump float not working. Where do i start?

            just wanted to update this since i got so much useful help from you guys.

            I finally got the boat back home, and started prepping for this season. I unhooked the float and connected it to my voltage tester. it would sporadically work. So i knew i had to replace it.

            I then noticed that the hot wire to the switch wasnt hot. I searched and searched for the other end of that wire, and never could find it, or a fuse feeding it.

            I gave up and ran a new wire from the battery, through a waterproof spade fuse holder to the switch, and then to the pump. Mounted it with marine silicone on the screws and its all working as it should how.

            I also installed a battery maintainer, and replaced the prop!!

            i feel like a real boat owner now!
            2005 Chaparral 220 SSI
            http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...851fba82be.jpg

            1999 Sea Ray 180 (SOLD!)
            http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...505_160633.jpg
            1991 Sea Ray 170LT (SOLD!)
            http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...27145726-2.jpg

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