97' glastron 175 se volvo 3.0 issues

by TJ
(Rockford IL)

Hopefully some one can help me with this issue i am having.


I have a 1997 Glastron 175 SE with a volvo penta 3.0 in it.

the other day i had a hard time getting the key in the ignition switch. so after much fiddling i gave up and went to the local store and purchase a standard universal 4 position ignition switch. ACC-off-ign-st with 4 terminals. the existing was a three terminal 3 position off-ign-st.

That being said with the new standard universal (not specifically marine) ignition switch i can get the boat to turn over and kick off but as soon as i let go of the key and it spring itself out of start and back to ignition the motor cuts out. after i tried all this i went back to the old switch thinking it was a different kind of switch. in order to get the key in i removed the cylinder and all of the tumblers . and put the undamaged cylinder back in i can get the key in now but it does the same thing as the new switch... i can get the boat to turn over and kick off but as soon as i let go of the key and it springs itself out of start and back to ignition the motor cuts out..

This tells me that is is not the switch but rather a problem else where.. correct?

i checked the kill switch located next to the throttle and it has been disconnected prior to my purchase of the boat. it has 2 wires both purple that are spliced together.

so next question. does the kill switch complete a circuit when not depressed to kill the engine or interupt a circuit when not depressed to kill the engine? like i said mine was bypassed with the 2 wires supposed to be connected to it spliced together

any ideas.???

thanks alot for all the help in advance

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Kill switch
by: Bruce

The kill switch Acts to temporarily slow the motor down when shifting from forward or into reverse so it won't be as hard on the drivetrain when changing gears.
When you operate the throttle look on your engine when the linkage is moving for a cam that actuates a switch that has two wires going to it and that will be your Kill switch on the engine.
The two wires should not be permanently connected together
Because that will kill your engine

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