I have a 1974 115 Johnson on a 1976 Ventura 2 that runs great, in fact it
runs so well that when I cut the key off it stays running. I was wondering
if you can help me solve this problem? I have done a check on the key
switch and it checks out okay, I have gone as far as buying a new wiring
harness on the engine but have not replaced the one to the controller yet,
I have checked the plug on both ends, of the controller and on the engine
with an ohm meter and they give good readings, no shorts or corrosion
problems. I would like to get a new controller to replace the wiring on
that end but I am not sure if that would solve the problem, is there
something that I am missing here? I know in order to kill the engine that
the engine needs to be grounded to kill it. I also have gone as far as
putting a separate ground wire from the key switch back to the engine and
it worked a couple of times and then never again. To help solve this
matter, and to make it easier to figure out, the wiring on the engine is
all new including power pack, stator, voltage regulator. The only thing
left is the controller wiring harness, but I donít believe that this
will fix the problem. Also is there a newer style controller out there
that will fit this older model engine that has the lanyard kill switch
that will work with this engine?
Thanks for your time
Chris E. Nicholas
this helps a little bit.
You could use a new control box on this engine with very minimal
adaptations or changes. It may solve about 90% of your problems.
Sounds like the main kill wire is not making a connection from the control
box to the motor. You either have a bad harness or a wire in the
harness. Make sure the key switch has continuity between the two M
terminals when the key switch is in the off position. This should
short the CDI unit to ground and turn off the motor when the key switch is
turned off. If this doesn't happen, the motor won't turn off.
If you can, get a wire schematic for this engine as it
will help you follow the wire codes in the harness. It is really a
simple problem made complicated by the multitude of connectors and wires
used in a harness of that type.
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