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    GSX Ltd Electrical problem - It died!

    Been running a low hour 1998 GSX LTD with 951cc motor. Today
    running good, then just above idle it made some funny sounds and died.
    No display in instrument panel.
    Got it back and found the 15amp fuse in front compartment and the
    one in back where the starting solenoid is were blown. Reinstalled
    and the one in the back in solenoid panel blew immediately.
    Where should I look, its a short right? What procedure??
    Any experts in S. Fl., I'd be happy to pay you for a troubleshoot and fix!

    BTW, this ski has a brand new Odeysee battery that is fully charged.

    Tom


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    sounds like the ignition pick-up broke or came loose and shorted the stator. if it were not blowing a fuse I would tell you to hook up a timing light to see if it has spark.

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    what would be the fix?

    If that's the case what part do I need to replace or fix?? Thanks for
    your help!

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    a stator and an ignition pick-up. the pick-up is very close to the stator and sometimes when it breaks it shorts the stator, since you're blowing a fuse my guess is that it did. a dealer can test the stator and pick-up if they have the pigtail used for diagnotics that goes between the stator socket in the front cover and the wiring harness plug.

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    Pull the front cover off the engine to verify the pickup is broken. If the ski has been ridden in the surf and you cased a lot of waves then then this is most likely the culprit.

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    I bet that's it

    Do you have any idea cost of parts to fix?? Is it a DIY job for
    moderate skills?
    When you say front cover, the one forward under the exhaust pipe?
    Do you have to remove exhaust pipe to access??

    Thanks! It's good to have some knowledge of this even if I have
    to take it to Perry Performance for the fix.

    Tom

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    Tom, yes it's under the pipe. I've never pulled the front cover on a GTX...you almost have to stand on your head to get at it. I'd pull the headpipe to allow removal...you'll need to chock the front of the engine with a couple pieces of wood. It's definitely a DIY job.

    Pickups are around $47 the last time I bought one. $10 for a new exhaust manifold to headpipe gasket.

    Check your engine mounts too, as one may be broken.

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    Here are a couple of pictures of what you are looking for. In this case the bracket for the ignition pick-up broke completely in half. In your case it might be broken in half or it might just be loose or cracked.

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    You Guys were right

    I had a good new shop around the corner from Perry debug
    the problem and found shorted stator.

    However when he opened it up this am it was worse. Apparently
    the bendix gear lost some teeth which proceeded to fly around
    shorting the stator and messing up the pickup.

    So he's redoing everything, hopefully I'll get some more good hours
    after this $1000.

    He is highly recommending to disable the oil injection pump and go
    to premix. Do you guys concur? I asked same question on the other
    thread.

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    If the ski isn't modded I would keep the oil pump. Maybe replace it every 200 hours? The oil pump is a ticking time bomb if it fails, but the inconvenience of premixing a recreational ski is a pain.

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