2011 196 Original Factory 1,000 gph Johnson Bilge Pump with Auto float Replacement?
I have the above. Keep the boat on a lift. Always have used toggle switch on console to operate. I've had the boater a couple years, and I am embarrassed to say that I am not sure if the auto bilge ever worked, or not. Last time I went to put the boat in the were the bilge failed to pump water when toggle was on. I siphoned the water out of the bilge then I checked pump motor first by connecting directly to battery. It works. The 4 amp breaker on the console had tripped, so I reset. Since the motor worked when connected directly to the battery I put a multimeter on the breaker. It was bad, so I replaced. Then the bilge worked using the toggle switch on the console, but when I put water in the bilge the original Johnson auto switch did not start the pump. I pulled that auto switch, and put my meter on it. It was bad. It had two wires on it running up through the bulkhead (one probably to the panel switch.) There were no wires from the switch to the bilge motor. The two wires from the motor ran up through the bulk head to the console. I'd like to have the bilge working on auto, which I haven't used in the past to conserve battery life, and since the boat is on a lift it's not inconvenient to turn on the master power and the console switch. I bought a Johnson universal auto switch. The original had two wires. The replacement has 3. Theoretically, I should be able to splice two of the 3 wires into the original wires coming out of the old auto switch going through the bulkhead, which essentially would be cutting the factory wire job, and then splicing in the new part, which should get the wiring the same as original factory. Again, I am trying to replace an original 2 wire auto switch with a new Johnson universal auto switch. I am not sure which two wire I should splice in. I am also not sure that the original factory switch on the console was correct in the first place. It's a 2 way rather than a 3 way. That begs the question Why would Hurricane send a new factory boat out with an auto switch on the bilge if the panel switch was not correct? I've called three dealers, but no one can tell we if I am wasting my time trying to hook up the auto. I've also called Hurricane at the factory. Very nice. They tried, but were little help. They sent me an 11 page PDF wiring schematic ( circa 1999 and 2003). Did not show factory bilge pump and auto switch wiring hook-up. I am going for back surgery next Monday, and will be laid up awhile. I'd like to get the auto switch working with the rainy / hurricane season here. Am I wasting my time? Thanks! Any help is appreciated.
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