Let me start by saying that you have been very helpful in the past, and I had a scare on the lake last night that you guys could point me in the right direction on.
I have a very old 77 johnson that has an intermittant starter issue. The issue is this, randomly the boat will not start (The choke will click if the key is depressed)
There are 2 possible work arounds.
1. I will "wiggle" the Johnson Command Center forward and reverse and sometimes that will cause the safety (or whatever it is) to engage and then I can start (90% of the time this is not the issue)
2. Most of the time I have to take off the cover and tap on the cylinoid. Last night after fishing though it gave me a scare as this did not seem to correct the issue. I kept doing it over and over and finally after giving it a good "go to heck" bash with the pliers it did kick over.
Thus my question is this.
Should I start by replacing the cylinoid? (cost about 35 at local marina)
or start with the starter (who caught part of the brunt of the "go to heck" bash but cost 190 so I dont want to replace unless I am sure its the problem)?
What is the most logical method of troubleshooting (should I try to hot wire it across the cylinoid?)
Replaced all cables from battery to starter (about 10 months ago)
Just could use some logical troubleshooting advice. Please keep in mind this is my first boat, I am an extreem newbie and a pretty bad mechanic (although I do have the seloc manual for the engine, I do not have the OEM manual).