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    260LX Help Needed

    I have come across my first issue with my '09 260LX - about 40hrs on it. I was out in the bay this past Saturday and all of the sudden almost all power was lost. It tries to bog out when given gas and will not go above 6mph or just about 3000rpm. I was able to limp home - took about an hour and a half. Ski is in exceptional shape and is serviced by SkiWorx here in MD - but before I bring it in I wanted to see if you guys had some ideas on what to check for. All sparks look good, air horn is not stuck to the inside of the hull, prop appears to be fine, nothing in the impeller, and there is no error code on the dash.
    I'm not great with engines but I can turn a wrench and do basics... any suggestions?


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    Check the supercharger belt.

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    That was my next plan of action. To check the belt I just pull the cover off of the SC housing.. correct?

    How much are belts and are they as easy to install as any other belt on an engine?

    Thanks for the reply!

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    When checking the s/c belt tension, use the Kawi special belt tension checking tool P/N 570011697. It's about $50.
    Also, the belt tension needs to be checked/adjusted to the spec when a new one is installed.
    The belt P/N is 590113701 and it is about $45.
    Engine needs to be detached from the mounts and moved about an 1/2 inch, so you can slip in the new belt.
    Not difficult, just time consuming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meangreenman View Post
    Engine needs to be detached from the mounts and moved about an 1/2 inch, so you can slip in the new belt.
    Not difficult, just time consuming.
    Ahh crud. Well given my limited knowledge and the fact that the engine needs to scoot forward and since the tension needs to be adjusted I think I will take it into Steve at SkiWorx. Anyone have any experience with them?
    I have brought mine into them for all routine maintenance and have had nothing but good experiences thus far.

    Thanks for the help guys!

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    with the right toools and if you follow the instructions found on this site, you can do it in about an hour... if you dont feel comfortable take it to the dealer or skiworx

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMOKEBUCKET View Post
    Ahh crud. Well given my limited knowledge and the fact that the engine needs to scoot forward and since the tension needs to be adjusted I think I will take it into Steve at SkiWorx.
    If you never do it, you will never learn how... Well, that's how I see it.
    1. Loosen motor mounts and move the engine forward using a 2x4 or pry bar.
    2. Cut/remove the old belt.
    3. Reduce tension on the tensioner pulley.
    4. Slip in/install the new belt.
    5. Tighten the engine mounts.
    6. Tighten the tensioner.
    7. Check/adjust belt tension using the tensioner gauge.

    Right now you don't even know whether your current s/c belt is good or bad. Check it first.

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    Sounds good. I will report back tomorrow after I get home and open er' up.

    Nice pep talk too btw - I may just give it a go if it is the SC belt issue.

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