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I have a 1990 Johnson 30 2 stroke, when i turn the key I hear clicking, I think that is my solenoid, but the starter does not engage. Background, I forgot to put the plug in the boat, some of the wires came in contact with some water. What can I do to start

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Does the battery have a good charge? If so take a screw driver a cross the posts on the solenoid with the key on. If it still clicks then you will need to replace. Make sure if its a 12V batt, that it reads 14 to 16 volts on your meeter. Your batt should always have a few more volts higher than what it is.

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