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    00 Genesis Won't Start, No Spark

    Hi, I am new to this forum and need some help with one of my skis. I've got a 2000 Polaris

    Genesis, carbureted. I last rode this thing in September 2010, and it ran great besides

    the starter solenoid going out. I put it up for the winter like I do every year and I got it

    out a few days ago and put a fresh battery in it and replaced the starter solenoid. The

    solenoid I used was just a universal solenoid, not a factory polaris solenoid,(didn't feel

    like ordering one) Anyway the ski turns over no problem now, but won't fire up. Never

    had this problem with this ski. I checked fuel and it was getting plenty but when I

    checked for spark, none. I replaced plugs in it back in August so I know they are good,

    I ran through all the wiring and found nothing unusual.

    Anyone have any suggestions about what it could be?
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    Welcome

    Does the MFI display work?

    Bilge pump? If you hold the Bilge button down while you press Start, do you have spark?

    Fresh battery Always good to check the actual strength of the battery.
    What is the measured battery voltage while the engine is cranking?

    Kill switch lanyard in place on the handlebar?

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    Yes the display does work on it, I haven't tried to hold bilge and start it yet but I will today. Haven't measured the voltage on the battery but it should be around 12, It's brand new with a complete charge. I was thinkin last night about it and I remember my buddy who rides it more than I do said it would start if it was still in reverse, Is this true? if so it may be the problem because i didn't look to see if it was in reverse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TXRXP View Post
    ... Haven't measured the voltage on the battery but it should be around 12, It's brand new with a complete charge.

    ... my buddy who rides it more than I do said it would start if it was still in reverse ...
    Reverse should have no effect ion the engine starting.

    Sometimes even a new battery can be internally weak. Just measure the battery voltage while cranking, and you will know for sure whether the battery is strong.

    Battery voltages - what voltages should happen when?

    Battery voltage chart

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    There are additional tests you can do, such as by-passing the LR-505 Start/Stop module.

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    ok will try test these things here in a few hours this afternoon and let you know what happens

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    Well I figured out my battery charger isn't working, I charged the brand new battery I bought and it wouldn't start, Today I put a battery I know for sure that was good out of my Honda and it fired right up! So it was the voltage thing like you said. Now I need a new battery charger.

    Thanks again for your help!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TXRXP View Post
    ... I charged the brand new battery I bought and it wouldn't start

    ... I need a new battery charger...
    You are buying the wrong kind of battery.

    When you buy a factory sealed AGM type battery, it will already have about 85% charge, off the store shelf. It is ready to use.

    Properly cared for, an AGM battery may never need charging. Use it all season, then disconnect the battery for off-season storage. Next spring, it will still have plenty of power to start the engine.

    It should last for years. When it eventually gets tired from age, don't charge it, replace it. Best way to avoid PWC starting headaches is to use a high quality AGM battery.

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    Will look definently look into it, I've never had it not start from a weak battery, the battery I had in it that I used last summer was a tiny battery out of my 4wheeler, Lol! It worked fine like that but it needed to go back in my 4wheeler, So thats the only reason I replaced it. I have AGM batteries in my Seadoo and Honda, and like you said I don't think I ever had to charge them.

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