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    1983 kawasaki js550 burning out starters?

    Bought this jet ski in June and it had a new engine in it. When I bought it it needed a starter so I bought a Chinese crap one on eBay and it started my my jet ski 5 or 6 times before it burned out. I decided that I would just get the OEM one that was in it professionally rebuilt... that starter lasted about 2 days before it also burned out. It there a reason that the ski would be burning these out? Or am I just unlucky???


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    You might consider installing a primer to get it to start instantly. Saves a lot of wear & tear on the starter.

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    Check your connections. A starter draws a lot of current, and if there is a crappy ground or something it will draw too much. Those cables are thick for a good reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tshank123 View Post
    Check your connections. A starter draws a lot of current, and if there is a crappy ground or something it will draw too much. Those cables are thick for a good reason.
    Uh...

    With a bad ground or + connection, it won't draw enough current.

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    OK, maybe I thought about it wrong but the bad connection is still a suspect. The starter wont get enough voltage across it to adequately turn the motor over.

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