06-22-2010, 02:14 PM #1
1997 Sea Doo GTX Pump bearing gone
So I was out a few weeks ago, started to hear a weird high pitch sound, before I could get back to the dock, she shut down on me.
I brought it to Snow City, cause I had read on here that they are one of the best in the GTA. They said that it was a pump bearing, so I'm thinking great this should not be too bad. Turns out they want to replace the whole thing, pump, housing, impeller, etc. at a cost of almost $1200. Wow, that sounds like a lot to me.
So I was reading on here how to remove the pump, in the FAQ area, seems pretty straight forward enough, and I think I can pick up a used pump complete for about $200. This sounds like a better idea to me, well cheaper.
I have never done any work on the ski myself so this is uncharted territory. But I have done my own brake changes etc on the car/van, so I'm not a total noob when it come to fixing stuff myself, but really can someone tell me if this is going to be harder then it sounds?
any suggestions on where to buy a complete pump, and anything else I may need during this swap?
06-22-2010, 02:29 PM #2
Pull yours apart first. It might not be as bad as you think. I did a friends who did the exact same thing as yours did, complete with the shut down and all... We pulled it apart and was able to clean everything up and throw nothing more into it than a pump rebuild kit, a new shaft and cone assembly. His got so hot that it mushroomed the shaft where the thrust bearing rides.
Personally, even if I got a used pump from someone I'd pull it apart anyway and go through it.
A simple press and the splined prop tool make the job super easy with some basic hand tools.
Here are some pics of what you can expect to see. Pull it apart and have at it!!
06-22-2010, 02:30 PM #3
06-23-2010, 07:37 AM #4
yea I think your right, I will pull it apart and see what I have to deal with.
06-28-2010, 07:56 AM #5
Ok, i pulled out the pump, I can see shards of metal from the bearings, and it is near impossible to hand turn the prop. Also I can't even loosen the impeller, even with an extended bar. It just won't turn. So I think I will just pick up a whole new pump off e-bay.
also one of the Rave Pistons melted where the threads are, so I ordered a new one of those too, my question is why do they make those out of plastic?
06-30-2010, 10:17 AM #6
Ok, so I picked up a used pump off of ebay for a great deal: $133
its from an 97 SPX, should fit my 97 GTX,
just a slightly different impeller, a little less pitch.
Will this only effect my top end speed?
or should I swop the impeller from my seized pump, if I can get it off.
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