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Old 12-09-2009
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Sounds a lot like a bad ground. Most starters are case grounded so be sure you have good ground contact.

Double check the wiring. If it worked fine before something is/was likely not put back together correctly. You can always test jump the starter with a big screw driver and a large spark to rule out a bad ground.... I don't actually advise this unless you really know what you are doing and have done it before...

On many Westerbeke panels the glow plug switch energizes the start switch. If the glow plug switch is not pressed the start switch will not see 12V. Simply test behind the panel to see that when the glow plug switch is pushed the jumper wire is sending voltage to the start switch and that you then have 12V coming out the other side of the start button and still have it at the starter..
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Last edited by Maine Sail; 12-09-2009 at 10:12 PM.
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