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    2000 Polaris virage no spark

    Hey guys I have a 2000 virage carb and it's not getting anyspark, I did the cdi test and of came back good, I tried testing the hull effect sensor and only got 3 volts instead of the 8. I am clueless to what this sensor is and does, is it appart of the cdi? Is this why my ski isn't get ing spark?
    Thanks in advance,
    Mike


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    Quote Originally Posted by silverstang02 View Post
    Hey guys I have a 2000 Virage carb and it's not getting any spark,

    I did the cdi test and of came back good,

    I tried testing the hall effect sensor and only got 3 volts instead of the 8. I am clueless to what this sensor is and does, is it a part of the cdi?

    Is this why my ski isn't get ing spark?...
    Two or three cylinder engine?

    What 'CDI test' did you do, exactly?

    The Hall Effect sensor is powered by the CDI. That would be the 8 volts that the CDI produces and sends to the Hall Effect sensors.

    The Hall Effect sensors are located inside the magneto stator, which is inside the flywheel on the front of the engine. When the flywheel rotates, the Hall Effect sensors watch for a magnetic pulse, and the Hall Effect sensor then sends a trigger signal back to the CDI. The CDI in turn fires the ignition coil and delivers a spark.

    This first check is the most important.
    Put your meter on the battery posts, and crank the engine. If the voltage drops below 10.6 volts while the engine is cranking, the battery is no good, and must be replaced.

    If battery voltage is well above 10.6 volts while cranking, then check the voltage right at the Red/Purple wire that goes directly into the CDI module. Put the other meter probe on the Black wire that goes into the CDI. Crank the engine again, and measure the voltage while cranking. That voltage must also be above 10.5 volts. If it is not, you will not have spark.

    Only if the above checks show voltage above 10.5 volts, can you do the next test. Measure the voltage on the Brown wire from the CDI. Voltage should be about 8 volts while the engine is cranking.

    You can find more diagnostic info here;
    How do I test old and new domestic red engine CDI, Magneto and Ignition coils?
    Last edited by K447; 12-02-2009 at 07:12 PM.

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    The ski is a twin cylinder, and the test you just told me to do is the one I did and everything checked out good, except the brown wire which measures 3 volts instead of 8. Also the ski was used in salt water but there is no corrosion in the electical box. Is it possible that the hull effect sensors/stator are just corroded?
    Thanks for the info,
    Mike

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    And the engine was cranking
    Thanks, mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverstang02 View Post
    And the engine was cranking
    Thanks, mike
    What was the battery voltage while cranking?

    And the voltage at the CDI Red/Purple wire while cranking?

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    Please ohm the brown to grey on the stator.......it should be 100k ohms or more some times you will see 3 mig ohms.

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    The voltage to the cdi was 13 volts but I don't remember off hand what it was at the batt and I'll go sheaf and check the ohams on the stator tommarow and get back to you guys, the batt should be good because it's brand new but I'll double check the voltage
    Thanks,
    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverstang02 View Post
    The voltage to the cdi was 13 volts...
    Not while the engine was cranking.

    While engine is cranking, the voltage will most likely be well under 12.0 volts.

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    Any up date on this?

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    Sorry guys, I haven't had much time to toy with it any more, would it be a good idea to take the cdi to the local shop and have them plug it in after completing the tests, and everything checks out?

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