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Batteries cause more trouble than any other component in a marine electrical system.
*Always make sure the battery is completely charged and load tested before replacing other components.*
Be sure to check all the terminals and connections and make sure they are clean and tight.
This is a very common problem found in marine electrical systems. Corrosion, undersized wires, or bad connections will cause low voltage to the electrical components. Low voltage causes high heat and will destroy electrical devices. Be sure to check for voltage drops.
Incorrect wiring can cause burnouts. Always tag the wires when removing an electrical component. IF YOU ARE NOT SURE HOW TO CONNECT THE WIRES, CALL OUR TECH DEPT AT 800-722-2720.
Cable terminals must be tight. If the ends of the clamps touch at the top, disconnect the cable clamps and shave the ends on the clamp jaws with a file so there is a gap.
DO NOT SPRAY OIL OR OTHER LUBRICANTS ON OUTBOARD STARTER DRIVES
The O/B Starter Drives are Rubber Cushioned Drives. If any oil gets between the compression nut and the rubber grip surface, drive failure will result.
DO REMOVE THE DRIVE ASSEMBLY WHEN APPLYING LUBE TO THE SHAFT
Always remove the drive assembly before applying lube to the shaft. Only apply a thin film of water resistant grease to the shaft. Make sure to wipe off any excess.
Cutting a unit's wires or dismantling a unit immediately voids the manufacturer's warranty. Water can easily seep into the motor through cut wiring. In addition, taking a motor off the reservoir and trying to install it on an old reservoir usually damages the brushes in the motor. Disassembled parts are not covered by warranty.
For ARCO’s full Assurance Warranty information, please visit our page HERE.
You can download our full Starter Rotation Tech Tip sheet HERE, or view all of our Tech Tips at our Landing Page.
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