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Old 05-22-2020, 07:33 PM
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NotAnA4 won't turn over

Hey everyone!

having an issue, and i'm not sure where to turn, but hopefully someone can help?

i sold my Tartan with an A4 last summer and picked up an O'Day 272 that had been repowered with a rebuilt Volvo MD7A (diesel from the early '80s) a few years ago.

Wonderful sailing last year; engine was great when needed (waaaay more than my A4 had been, unfortunately). Boatyard winterized the motor.

They dropped it in the water yesterday, and i went up to get the motor running. It does not turn over. Not even clicking. Cockpit key operates; audible alarm sounds (normal), but not starter. Check connections at starter/solenoid, battery connections. All look ok.

- Batteries test above 12V....12.4?
- 12v tests across the solenoid (battery-connected post to other post)
- remote starter switch across those does nothing
- oddly, when key is in On position, using the remote starter silences the alarm, but does not work.

Any thoughts?

Thanks!!!
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Old 05-22-2020, 09:53 PM
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Try tapping on the solenoid while trying to start the engine.
Also check the ground side of the battery circuit.

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Old 05-23-2020, 09:49 AM
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Thanks for the help. I just took a rubber mallet to it and got a click.

My batteries are showing around 12.39v....is this too low?

Thinking about picking up one new one to start from. If I can figure out if one is start and one house.
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Old 05-23-2020, 09:55 AM
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12.33, actually. On both. I think I’ll buy a new one.
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Old 05-23-2020, 11:13 AM
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Two new batteries = problem solved.

Thanks for the solenoid tip - that was a real issue. The taps loosened it up, but the batteries were also toast.
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