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Outboard hard to start when cold???

Post By: manoverboard      Posted: 4/8/2007 1:08:52 PM     Points: 79    
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Took my new (used) boat out today in the snow and it wouldn't turn over. Took in out the other day in about 50 degree weather for the first time since I got it and it started every single time. I called the guy who sold it to me and he said that "when it's cold I usually have to take a jumper cable and hit the starter directly from the positive terminal on the battery." Does this make sense? Does anyone else have to do this? Thanks for any info. Also, what measures can I take to keep from having to do this? Starters in cars and trucks work fine at 30 degrees.
 Reply by: bernie      Posted: 4/8/2007 1:46:52 PM     Points: 473
try cleaning all your connections with coke and a wire brush corrosion can cause some very wierd problems
 Reply by: TheBaum      Posted: 4/8/2007 1:55:13 PM     Points: 2465
Do you think you might need a new battery or one with higher cold cranking amps??? or maybe there is some resistance between the ignition and the battery....due to the fact it WILL crank when battery connected directly to starter.
 Reply by: manoverboard      Posted: 4/9/2007 11:33:27 AM     Points: 79
Thanks for all of the suggestions. I'll check it out tonight!
 Reply by: Murphy      Posted: 4/9/2007 2:46:32 PM     Points: 882
I would replace the cable from your battery to your starter in addition to your ground wire with the advice the others gave. I am guessing their is too much corrosion in the cables for current to pass through. Batteries loose power expotentially as it gets colder, check your acid level and fill with distilled water if needed, if not replace the battery all together.
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