Secret No. 9: The ignition problem could be downright simple.
Hutt recounts the story of one customer coming from another shop with continuing ignition problems, and a long tale of replacing almost everything in search of a mysterious miss. The stator, trigger assembly, switch boxes and six coils had all been replaced by a tech chasing down the problem. The problem still didn’t go away. One look at the key switch told Hutt all he needed to know. It was green from internal corrosion. “I’m not saying I would have caught it initially either, but I don’t think I would have put 1,500 bucks’ worth of parts into it. Somewhere I would have stopped and asked, ‘What am I missing?’” Check that water doesn’t run into the ignition switch and that a rubber boot, if present, is intact. Hanks also suggests inspecting the safety lanyard. If water gets into the works, it can shut down the engine.