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    One my switch I have the standard OFF, 1, 2, and both.
    When I move switch to 2 or both the boat powes up. When I go to 1 nothing happens.
    All terminals have been clean and still nothing. Both batteries are full charged.
    I have been told the switch raley go bad.
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    Did you check voltage in each? Try switching batteries. If the problem is the same then it must be the switch. I don't think you can take it apart. I tried once and don't think I was able to.

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    There is a easy way to check the switch is to use one side of a jumper cable ,go from the postive terminal of the no#2 battery to the no# 1 switch terminal with the selector on 1 if you get power to everything then the problem is in the no# 1 battery or the wire for it. No power then the problem in in the switch. Good Luck

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    Both batteries fully charged and we did try both with same results.
    Chad at Dewey's just told me it could be the wire it self.
    Going back today and seeing if its the wire.
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    I have the same switch on my Polaris Ranger as is on my Hewescraft and it does the same thing as your discribing. I have not changed it out yet, but I get contact between 1 and both and 2 works as well. I plan on changing out the switch soon. Both batteries are fully charged as well.

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    Perfect, another spare part we need to lug around.

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    I am having the same issue with the switch on my boat, when I found this out I had to go back to work so I will have to work on it when I get home, keep us informed as to what you find out if you would. Thanks

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    Im hoping its just the cable.
    Headed there tomorow and ill let you all know.
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    There are contacts inside the switch that corrode just like the cable connectors do. Easy to just put a new switch in but some do come apart for cleaning.

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    Just run a new lead from the battery to the switch, Polar Wire could build you one up for 10-12 bucks, easy double check anyway.
    there is not much to wrong in those switches, not saying it could not happen, only ever replace one that went bad. actually it didn't GO bad, hooking up batteries in the dark can make them go bad. RED = Pos !!!!

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    Well it was the gound that need to be cleaned and then I finally realized the problem or my friend did was the wire. Hewes used a positve wire going from ground to the common. This caused me to put it to battery one.. Oh well I learned ...
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