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    gp1200r electrical issue

    Hey guys,

    bought a 2001 gp1200r for $500 as a winter project. Cosmetically it is in great shape, but it has its mechanical issues. Previous owner said it was leaking water from engine. So, to start things off, I bought a new battery and was ready to do a compression test. So I get the battery in and go to start the ski and nothing happens. I take the electrical box out and when I press the starter, I hear a click in the electrical box, but no power to gauges and it doesn't crank. The previous owner did the oil block off, and closed the circuit. I don't think this is the issue, because when I reopen the circuit, the ski beeps until I press the reset button on the gauge, and the red warning light along with the oil indicator on the gauge blinks. This all went away when I re-closed the circuit for that. What confused me was how come the oil light symbol would show on the gauge when the circuit was open, but the hours would not?

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    Try jumping the large terminals on the solenoid and see if the engine spins over. The solenoid is the thing that is clicking when you push the start button.

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    I straight wired my GP1200 to the battery and just touched the ground to check my starter.MAKE SURE plug wires are away from plugs.Then checked connections.As Mudslanger says probably solenoid.BTW nice ski and great price if its fixable.Lots of help here from GREAT PEOPLE

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    check the starter

    the ticking sound is your starters solenoid so its good

    my nickel bet is that the starter is shot! especially since u mentioned the water issue

    pull that starter off and you will find its rusted out.

    it should be 2 12mm bolts and then brute force to to get it to slide out.

    good luck

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    Seems like a dumb question, but where is the starter located? I looked at the service manual and googled, and couldn't get an answer. And thanks for the responses, much appreciated

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    drivers side of the hull under the headers/exhaust coming off the pistons

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    Quote Originally Posted by zum View Post
    check the starter

    the ticking sound is your starters solenoid so its good

    my nickel bet is that the starter is shot! especially since u mentioned the water issue

    pull that starter off and you will find its rusted out.

    it should be 2 12mm bolts and then brute force to to get it to slide out.

    good luck
    i got 3 ticking solenoids in my garage right now if you want them 5 bucks a peace for you Point being, even if they tick and make sounds, doesnt mean they are good. all 3 are fried...

    OP sounds like u have a bad solenoid. as previously posted take a screw driver and shot the 2 terminals with the 2 red thick wires with nuts on em see if it will turn over... if it does, thats your culprit. replace and continue.

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    oh and DONT touch the starter unless you are 100% sure. its alot easier to check the starter by pulling 10 screws in back of the E-box and jumping the solenoid like described above, than removing the starter... If u do need a starter, let me know i got a few really nice units for ya

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    Will do. Hopefully i can get to it this weekend and get bacl to ya

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