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Mowjo
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Smile Where's Bill, right a little problem I hope, the ignition warning light stays on, on the boat I've just bought, Engines a Thornycroft 1.8 if that helps, the ammeter is showing it's charging at around 13.5 to 14 volts, and the battery is showing it's recieving the charge, but the light stays on, I know it could be something as simple as a bad earth, but I always cost for the worst, anyone got any ideas what else could cause this problem,
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Mowjo, I don't actually know the answer, but with my current boat and my previous one, the ignition light stayed on until I had increased the engine revs to a point at which the alternator was "excited" (that expression was used by an engineer!) Have you tried revving the engine to see if the light goes out?

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No Paladine! I havn't actualy got the boat yet it's still In Cambs, It was just something I noticed when the salesman started it up, he did rev it a bit but the light stayed on,,,

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Sounds like the alternator is going down to me.

clive

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Mowjo, he might not have taken the revs up to the critical point.

Those who know about these things won't be surprised with this story, but I had a problem with my Safari 25 shortly after I bought it, in that the batteries weren't charging. It was my first boat so I was a complete greenhorn.

I had someone come to take a look and it transpired that the ignition light had blown (it was broken when I bought the boat and I didn't even miss it - that's how much I knew!). I was told that the bulb is part of the charging circuit. If the bulb isn't working, the alternator cannot charging the batteries.

Once the bulb was replaced I was told that whenever I started the engine I was to increase the revs (in neutral, of course) until the light went out, then reduce the revs and continue "as normal".

If this works for your new boat, all's well. If not.......BILL

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Hi Frank

Try this link for some info and fault finding tips.

T B Training

Some times our ignition light dosen't go out straight away and needs a gentle nudge with some revs.  Yes the bulb is an important part of the charging circuit.

Looking forward to seeing the new boat (assuming you'll still be moored same place).

Graeme


All right so what is the technical name, sharp end or pointy end?

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My 2.5 Thorneycroft does this all the time, just blip the throttle!

Geof

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You called, Smile  more one for Jason Sonny or Graham, although if the boat is not here yet it will have to wait.  Yes it could be a loose or mucky connection or it might be that a diode is on its way out in the alternator.  A little bit of testing with the right kit will prove the point.

Bill...(The Ancient Mardler)

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Thanks for the Advice Peoples, I have all the testers, but I'll try the throttle trick first, not to worried if it is a diode, I have a place about 100 yards away from me that repairs and recons Alternators, and I've heard he's cheap so even better,, the guy that started the boat for me just eased the throttle up a bit, so I'm hoping it's just a throttle thing as it sounds quite a common thing to happen,,
Regards Frank,,

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Frank my red light did the same ,it also went out with a blip on the throttle.another thing i had to do was to manually switch the key to the on position after it had returned back to position after heating and starting in order to get all the dials working so hopefully in will just be a case of how yours is wired

good luck with the new boat


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