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Anyone any idea what these wires are for? The engine is a 25hp Mariner of unknown vintage. Believe the engine number may be 033338 (or 6).

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It's the connection to the battery, for charging, and starting (if it has an electric start).



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The charging normally happens through the main battery leads, it could be a remote kill switch or ac lighting coil, the killswitch is more likely.

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That is the where the main battery feed normally goes into a Mariner 25.

I think Happyjack's one may be a pull start, fitted with a non-Mariner remote control unit, without the dedicated unit's provision for the keystart and kill switch, so instead of a thick loom, it just has the two thinner wires, to charge a battery or run lights.

The kill switch on that outboard is normally over on the right next to the choke, (though not fitted in this photo, because it does have the thick loom running to a dedicated Mariner remote control, with remote starter and kill switch. Smile

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Think you've got it dead right there. I do have a kill switch on the right hand side and the motor is pull start.

The wiring on my little craft is a bit confusing,looks like previous owners have added bits and pieces and not disposed of the old stuff.

Are you able to advise as to where the two green wires should end up? Also, both being green coloured, does polarity matter when they get to the battery end?

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Yes, if the two green wires run to a battery, then it's vital that they're connected to the right polarity. The charging feed is DC. If the battery ends are not already suitably marked, I'd wrap some red and black tape around each lead. If the battery is not connected at the moment, and you don't know which is which, then connect a multimeter set to DC volts, and start the engine. That will show the correct polarity.

If there is no battery and they just run to lights, then it doesn't matter which way round they are connected. Smile  




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