Originally Posted by makobuilders
I'd be curious to know how many forum members have had starter problems that could not be fixed by switching the starter out, solenoid if not internal, dead batteries, etc....
Years ago, ok, decades ago,
my dad was crewing on a sailboat and the captain drained both the house and starter batteries.
Solar panels were not on boats back then so there was no way to charge the battery.
They also lost a sail which made getting into port interesting but they did make it with one sail and no engine.
The latest modern emission controlled diesels require air, fuel and POWER to run. If there is no power, then the engine will not run. If the batteries are gone for some reason, can a new engine even be started and then run with a spring starter? The only way to get power would be the alternator so there seems to be a Chicken and Egg question.