Went to start the boat last weekend, and all I got was a click from the relay. I used the troubleshooting guide and jumpered out the relay, and tried again. Still nothing. So I used a screwdriver to jump the starter, and it started right up, so I know it is the starter solenoid. So I remove the starter, since it is all one unit. The copper line going from the solenoid to the starter is pretty shot, so go buy a new starter from Advance Auto. They give me a starter that has the same mounts. I go to bolt it on, and the starter does not tighten up to the engine before the original bolts go snug. OK...time for some washers. I put the washers on and tighten it up, and all looks good. Time to wire it up. Problems.
The original starter had a large red wire from the battery. Check. There is a yello wire to the solenoid. check. The original had a purple wire going to another connection that does not exist on the new starter. Is that a problem? I do not have points any more, since the distributor is electronic now, and I thought that I read somewhere that the purple wire is for the points system.
Also, I was told to make sure that the engine is standard rotation, since the starter I got was for that. But, many boat engines are reverse rotation, I have been told. not sure if mine is, and that I need to find a special starter. I was pretty happy with a $45 starter vice looking for one more expensive.
The outdrive is a VolvoPenta 275. the engine is a 8 cylinder 305. The boat is a Bayliner Capri 21'.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!