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    Angry Just want to set fire to it and walk away!!

    Ok, had a few minor troubles with my 2000 Polaris Genesis 1200 (carbs) which has made me question it's reliability (considering swapping for a seadoo speedster).
    Anyway, having tinkered and got it working perfectly, left it untouched for a week and then went to start it.... Nothing!!!
    Won't even try to fire! Cylinders smell of fuel and plugs are brand new...
    So frustrating, as I had planned a day to the beach..

    Explain that!?? (please!)

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    make sure your battery is charged up all the way . try and put a battery charger on it and see if it starts

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    It had been on charge over night...? Usually I would get it to fire a couple times, but yes, I suspect that it's an electrical problem...

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    What's the likelyhood of my landyard switch failing? - Are they prone to water damage?
    Anybody know?

    Is there a way to bypass it to test it??

    Thanks

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    She likes the bike. But the ski gets her wet!!!! xlint89's Avatar
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    They don't fail that often, but your in the UK, so the salt water may cause some issues.

    You can open the elec box and disconnect the black with yellow stripe wire (NOT the BLK/YEL wire coming out of the CDI, but the one coming from the elec box cover) from the elec board, that will disable the kill switch.

    NOTE: by doing this, you will have to choke the engine out in order to shut it down. Do not remove the plug wires to stop it.

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    Ok - it all just got a bit weird...
    Fuel getting to the engine - air getting to the cylinders - all sparks present AND STILL WON'T EVEN FIRE!!

    Checked lanyard - it's fine...

    Is this even possible ?!?!

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    Bing-A-Ding-Ding-Ding, Brrrrrap! Brrrrrrrrrap!!! Polaris_Nut#1's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by george.r View Post
    Won't even try to fire! Cylinders smell of fuel and plugs are brand new...
    Take the plugs out and crank it over. Could be the cylinders are full of fuel, which would mean you have carb issues. But its easy to check, gas will shoot out if they are flooding over.

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    Thanks for the quick reply!
    Nope - tried this, also it was running perfectly less than a week ago!!

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    ground the plugs on the block while cranking. what color are the sparks? blue or yellow. yellow is weak.

    did you get the plugs soaking wet with gas.? try a new set. if you fouled them they will not work again. period.

    Generally speaking, tip deposits near the electrodes are the ones that control spark plug operation. If they become conductive, their "shunt resistance" is said to drop...and the plug short circuits. thats why they dont work anymore. or...fuel can cause it too.

    Wet fuel/oil deposits can be caused by "drowning" with raw fuel mix during cranking, over-rich carburetion or fuel injection or imprioer fuel oil ratios. Weak ignition can also contribute to this condition.

    worth a try anyway.

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    WIth the plugs out and cranking the engine, even with a weak battery you will see spark. The problem with a weak batter y is that when you reinstall the plugs, now the starter has to overcome compression to the point where a weak battery will not supply enough voltage to fire the plugs. Try a new battery.

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