RAY: OK. So, there was nothing wrong with the engine. The starter motor was OK. And the battery was not faulty.
TOM: No. The battery was the problem, but there was nothing wrong with it.
RAY: And the question was, what was the problem? I've never done this before, but I understand it's possible, when hooking up the battery charger, if you remember, they took the battery from the boat and brought it into the shop. And they hooked up the charger to the battery, which was completely stone dead, obviously, because he had left the lights on overnight. And when they hooked it up, instead of hooking the red connector to positive and the black connector to negative, they reversed them.
RAY: And evidently, the battery will take the charge in reverse. And when they installed it in the boat and hooked the wires up correctly, it made the starter turn backwards. And when that happens, the little gear won't pop out and engage the fly wheel. Do we have a winner this week?TOM: The winner is Richard Nielsen from St. Paul, Minnesota.
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