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    2000 Genesis FFI electrical problems

    I went out on the river saturday and my ski ran great. I stopped and cut the engine off so my son can jump in the water. I noticed smoke coming out behind rear seat and smelled electrical fire. I pulled the seats off to find all three wires (2 red and 1 black) that connects to the starter solenoid, ground and starter to be melted and the battery was hissing, I assumed that the plastic on one of the red wires rubbed against the block and storter out. So I disconnected all the cables and was pulled back to shore. I bought new cables and tried to crank it up and it turned over 2 times and then smoke starting coming out of the starter solenoid. I guess my question is, is there any way to test the starter solenoid?? Anyone else have this problem??

    Thanks in advance!


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    Did it try to crank over normal or was it slow turning? Solenoids usually dont smoke unless they have a short somewhere downstream in the electrical. If it was slow cranking sounds like you could have a bad short in the starter. Was on a car, but had a starter dead short internally once and it melted everything back to and including the battery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Comp View Post
    Did it try to crank over normal or was it slow turning? Solenoids usually dont smoke unless they have a short somewhere downstream in the electrical. If it was slow cranking sounds like you could have a bad short in the starter. Was on a car, but had a starter dead short internally once and it melted everything back to and including the battery.

    Thanks for your reply, I resolved my issues. The red cable going to the starter was grounding out on the side of the starter by the post. I just used electrical tape and taped around the starter where the cable rests.. Problem solved!!

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    The solenoid is probably internally damaged by the heavy current flows. If it is the original black solenoid with metal backing plate, replace it.

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