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Bad Starter? Ignition Switch?
Often after spending the day sailing, my Universal 5416 will not turn over when it is time to head back to the dock. I press the start button several times and it does not turn over. Each time I clean the connection at the battery terminal and it starts right up. The last couple times, the connection looked perfect - cable clamped tightly with a thick coat of non-conductive grease on top. In spite of this, I removed, cleaned, reattached and the boat started right up.
Sunday, the same thing happened. I was ready to clean the battery terminal again but, I put the key back into the switch, turned to the "on" position, pressed the start and glow plug button, and it started right up. This problem has never occurred at the dock but often after sailing. I don't think this is the connection at the battery terminal anymore. Somehow removing and re-inserting the key fixed it. What do you think is going on?