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    1999 Genesis starting issue (carburetor) - No start unless Bilge button held down

    I have a carbed 99 Genesis, earlier this year while driving up the river at about 40mph the ski just died. I was fortunate to be able to paddle to shore in the fast current.

    Thought perhaps i melted a piston. i ended up pulling the plugs to find the pistons were fine and plugs were burning correctly.

    Tried to start it to no avail then I ended up pushing the bilge pump button while cranking and it started, still like that but i would like to correct the problem,

    thanks in advance for your advice......
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    Do you need to continue holding down the bilge button after it starts?

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    No, once it fires it continues to run until I shut it down, but each time it requires holding down the bilge button, starts right away..

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    My initial guess is that the solenoid may need replacing. There is an internal diode that snubs voltage spikes when the Start button is released. Without the snubbing diode the voltage spike can confuse the system and shut the engine off.

    Try starting the engine without pressing the start button. Instead use a metal tool to short together the two heavy studs on the start solenoid. Use a firm hand as there will be sparks. Do not allow the tool to touch anything else, just the two studs. If the engine starts and runs (lanyard in place) then the solenoid is suspect.

    Another possibility is that the Start/Stop module is failing. You can bypass the module for a test. See my signature links for the details.

    Hmmm. The 1999 Genesis has two LR modules, LR-502 for Start/Stop, LR-31 for both voltage regulation and switched Orange power (bilge pump).

    Does this engine have the modification (PWC-00-05) whereby an Orange wire is run between the two electrical boxes to feed switched power to the CDI?

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