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    Angry 97 sl900 starting/running problems HELP!!

    I have a 1997 polaris sl 900, starts when it wants to!! Has new spark plugs, new oil, and premium gas. Sometimes it starts right up in my driveway. Get it down to the river, and it turns over but wont fire. then i get alot of blue smoke like it was flooded when it does start. Basically im not getting a consistant start. Its getting spark too!! My digital gauge flickers on and off sometimes too, works sometimes, and sometimes doesnt come on at all. does this effect the starting electronically? help!!!


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    Check all of your connections in the electrical box, as well as the connection from the negative battery cable to the block. Flickering display tells me its either a faulty display or a bad connection somewhere. Does your 900 have the updated ignition? A bad display shouldn't cause running issues.

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    Probably in need of updated ignition. Check and clean all your connections!

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    make sure your battery is good and charged . Start it before you put it in the water to warm it up alitlle

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    Make very sure the battery is plenty strong. A weak battery will cause problems.

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    thanks guys i will try all of those things. Battery is fully charged, connections are good as far as i know, i followed all my wires and checked inside the fuze box, everything looks good, started 15 times in a row this morning in the driveway with no problems or hesitation, we'll see what happens when i drop it in the water lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by carmine237 View Post
    ... My digital gauge flickers on and off sometimes too, works sometimes, and sometimes doesnt come on at all...
    I missed this point the first time around.

    MFD display should always be visible, even when cranking or after sitting for more than five minutes.

    Something is not right with the electrical system. I suggest you remove and clean the engine end of black battery cable. Clean bolt and bolt hole threads.

    Also check inside the electrical box for corrosion, loose connections, bad MFD fuse, etc. Check the fuse by removing it and testing for zero ohms.

    Keep hunting until you find out what is causing the display problems. It may also be causing the no-start condition.

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