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  • 4.3gl New starter only 3 terminals??

    Good afternoon all, finally got the '98 Glastron running and hopefully past the fuel / vacuum issue. Engine is a 4.3gl Volvo Penta IO. Engine ID 4110168702.
    Anyhow other day on the lake (out in the middle 2 miles from launch- of course!) went to start it after anchoring and swimming and it seemed seized. Tried again and stater just spun.

    Got towed back to shore and took starter off at home (PITA by the way). Housing was split/cracked and a piece was lodged between flywheel an starter gear.
    Ordered a new marine starter and it came with only 3 terminals. Can this be used? The purple wire relay terminal (R terminal) is not present.
    So question is - Just send back and get correct??

  • #2
    I would look at it this way, your original starter came with 4 terminals and all 4 are being used. The new one has 3, you need one with 4
    94 Formula 27PC Custom 509MPI MEFI3 , B3 XR
    95 Rinker 232 w/ 7.4L Carb 0F425011 B1 0F486471
    07 Seadoo GTX
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    G-Dad always said "First Liar doesn't stand a chance"

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    • #3
      Check for water in the cyls you may have a hydro lock due to bad exhaust or other cause. Starters don’t do that for no reason.
      1988 Four Winns 200 Horizon
      4.3 OMC Cobra

      98 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0 Selectrac
      07 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7 Quadradrive II

      "While air doesn't freeze....rust never sleeps"

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      • #4
        Also when you install the new starter make sure that the bolts are the right length, if they are too long they will bottom out in the block and not hold the starter tight, that can allow it to move and break the bolts off in the block which will cause you a lot of grief...You will need the 4 terminal starter the 3 will not work for your engine. When you install it, disable the ignition and remove the spark plugs....crank it and see if water comes out of the cyls...if so....you got some work to do.....
        1988 Four Winns 200 Horizon
        4.3 OMC Cobra

        98 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0 Selectrac
        07 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7 Quadradrive II

        "While air doesn't freeze....rust never sleeps"

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        • #5
          Ok, finally installed new (4 post) starter. Works great. BUT, not sure why - now I have a no start situation.
          Cranks good, fuel to carb good, spark good. It fires up but only for a split second and dies out.

          No water came out of cylinders after removing plugs and disabling ignition.
          Just wont stay running now. Lots of white smoke though after the brief firing.

          Thanks again in advance!

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          • #6
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            Lots of white smoke though after the brief firing.
            Pull the plugs, pull the kill switch and crank the motor over some. As Lou mentioned, need to check for water
            94 Formula 27PC Custom 509MPI MEFI3 , B3 XR
            95 Rinker 232 w/ 7.4L Carb 0F425011 B1 0F486471
            07 Seadoo GTX
            Merc Adults Only VP Adults Only
            G-Dad always said "First Liar doesn't stand a chance"

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