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Old 19 August 2006, 17:31   #11
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Old 19 August 2006, 17:39   #12
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You're right - He was called Pete too! I suggested he run the engine with the cover off on the dark, and hey presto - there was the problem! He could see a blue haze around the plugs and HT leads at the current tracked down to earth. A good cleanup with solvent was all that was needed and once dry all was OK.
Do i clean the wires that connect to the spark plugs with solvent? If the kill switch was not working while we were out on the water and then working once we got her home does that tell me anything? sorry to be so ignorant about what sounds like a not to difficult problem and thanks again for the replies.
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I'd do that anyway just to eliminate it.

Holts Damp Start is quite useful for keeping the water out after cleaning them-it's a spray on waterproof plastic film. Don't use it on anything other than electrics and once it's on you need to spray it again if you disturb anything (changing plugs etc)
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I'd do that anyway just to eliminate it.

Holts Damp Start is quite useful for keeping the water out after cleaning them-it's a spray on waterproof plastic film. Don't use it on anything other than electrics and once it's on you need to spray it again if you disturb anything (changing plugs etc)

thanks nos. let me see if i understand what you guys are saying:
its possible that the HT leads are dirty and cleaning them with solvent and then spraying them w/Holts will seal out any moisture that is getting in thereby solving the shocking problem. does this sound correct?
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yep. It's cheaper than replacing the leads if that ISN'T what the fault is too.
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thanks for your help

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Pete, do a search cos I remember there being a thread where someone else had a similar problem. I was a while ago.
JW, any tips on finding that thread? i checked posts by petes and shock and short circuit but still no joy.
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Electric shocks!!

Richard may guide us to the one he had in mind.
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It'll be too long ago to search I think! The search facility only seems to go back about 2 years. If I remember correctly, Pete's spark plugs were tracking down the ceramic so he just gave them a good clean and the job was done.
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I had cracked spark plugs on a car once. It also affected the running of the engine.
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