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    97 GTX electrical post question

    What are the two posts that are located on the top of the water tight box that houses the starter solenoid and coil next to the battery for? Do they serve any purpose? They don't look like they have ever had anything hooked to them and i am curious why they are there.

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    Re: 97 GTX electrical post question

    They are for grounding the plug wires while cranking.
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    Re: 97 GTX electrical post question

    Yeah what Myself said.

    When you do a compression test or if you need to crank the engine with the spark plugs out you would plug your plug boots on those post.

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    Re: 97 GTX electrical post question

    Ah, that makes sense. Is there any concern with cranking the motor over with them not plugged on there? From now on i will put them on there while off.

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    Re: 97 GTX electrical post question

    Not %100 sure but I've heard it best to use those to prevent damage to the electrical system. But maybe it won't hurt anything.

    I'm sure someone on here knows.

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    Re: 97 GTX electrical post question

    Well, I am experiencing an electrical issue so perhaps that's part of the reason.. I have no power to the info center and no chirps of the buzzer. The last thing i tested was spark by grounding one of the plugs to the jug. it tested fine.

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    Re: 97 GTX electrical post question

    The buzzer is probably just bad which is very common with these older skis. Not sure on the info center

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    Re: 97 GTX electrical post question

    It takes a tremendous amount of voltage (like thousands) to fire a spark plug, and it all works fine when everything is in its normal hook-up. But when you're servicing the craft, you would be best to offer the spark an easy path to ground. Otherwise that high voltage may find another path to satisfy itself, and destroy sensitive items on the way. Now you may have two problems on your hands, the original one and now the new one caused by the not-normal high voltage path. Using the grounding posts takes out this uncertainty.

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    Re: 97 GTX electrical post question

    Buzzer was replaced as it was bad. previous to this issue.

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    Re: 97 GTX electrical post question

    Well, I looked things back over and i had unplugged the mag plug when i took the oil pump off. I'm a product of my own demise! Plugged it back in and all is well. I will say i got lucky!

    Thanks for the help!

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