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    1996 Seadoo GSX - Please solve this issue!

    Hey guys,

    I had my 1996 gsx out on the water and everything was working fine, (4 hours worth of riding)

    After a swim, jump back on the seadoo and it wouldnt fire up.. I was thinking it was a dead battery, beacause I was getting 12V low reading.

    1.Get to shore, hear the solenoid (tick,tick) - cross over the posts, sparks flying, wouldnt fire.

    2. Check starter, hook up to a battery spins like a charm.

    3. Free hand turned the crank, so engine wasnt seized.

    4. Put the starter back in, brand new battery, get two beeps and hear tick tick.

    5. Thinking it has to be the solenoid, I cross the posts, and now nothing, no sparks at all, but still ticks when hitting the start button.

    No clue whats going on, !

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    Re: 1996 Seadoo GSX - Please solve this issue!

    Change the solenoid

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    Re: 1996 Seadoo GSX - Please solve this issue!

    Sounds like a bad starter or ground cable to me. If crossing the solenoid does not make it spin over then a new solenoid won't either.

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    Re: 1996 Seadoo GSX - Please solve this issue!

    I was gunna say if it was a bad solenoid, crossing the posts should still turn it over but I could be wrong, starter worked when taken out. I will check the ground cable next!

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    Re: 1996 Seadoo GSX - Please solve this issue!

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Braley View Post
    Sounds like a bad starter or ground cable to me. If crossing the solenoid does not make it spin over then a new solenoid won't either.
    I've had a solenoid go bad where crossing the posts did nothing but after replacing the solenoid, it worked fine.

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    Re: 1996 Seadoo GSX - Please solve this issue!

    Might be a good idea to also check the common Grounding point screw (about 8 terminal ring connectors) in the rear electrical box near the coil for tightness and corrosion.


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    Re: 1996 Seadoo GSX - Please solve this issue!

    A solenoid is simply a relay switch. Apply voltage to the coil and the magnet moves and connects the terminals allowing voltage across. By manually connecting the posts you bypass this relay mechanism effectively removing the solenoid from play. The solenoid is not the issue

    If i were you i would buy new ground cable as its probably the actual issue. Easy way to test this is to buy a couple sets of alligator clips with wires in between. Connect them from the battery terminal to the terminal on the starter. The issue is the ground cables can "look" fine but be corroded inside. This effects the contact. While your battery may be spitting out 12volts the cable cant support the high amps required to turn the starter.

    I would also buy a new started rebuild kit and solenoid. They are common failure parts and for the sub $50 cost its worth piece of mind knowing your starter isnt going to go out in the middle of the lake
    Last edited by Hishman; 09-22-2017 at 04:20 PM.

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    Re: 1996 Seadoo GSX - Please solve this issue!

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Braley View Post
    Sounds like a bad starter or ground cable to me. If crossing the solenoid does not make it spin over then a new solenoid won't either.
    I also think it sounds like a possible starter failure. Put a meter on the positive cable at the starter, hit the button, is there 12 volts?
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    Re: 1996 Seadoo GSX - Please solve this issue!

    Volts are not important. You can put 12 volts across a tiny 30 gauge wire. The wire is corroded/lose and has too much resistance. The 12volt battery cannot overcome this resistance and therefor cannot generate the require current(amps)
    Last edited by Hishman; 09-22-2017 at 10:02 PM.

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