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    04' FX HO Won't crank looking for advise

    Update!! 12-16-13 (bottom of page)


    Hi guys,

    Kinda stuck and hoping to get some advise and opinions from some of you experts out there.

    I have an 04' FXHO, was running fine a few weeks ago. Haven't been taking it out but have cranked it up a time or two to make sure nothing was freezing up.

    Went to start it up a week ago and it would not turn over. When pressing start button, gauges lit up, can hear bilge pump turn on, "GREEN" security light is ON, BUT nothing. No click of the starter relay, no sound coming from starter motor.

    1st thing, i switch battery with my other ski that is working fine. Still nothing.


    2nd thing, i pull plastic cover off starter relay post (on the electrical box) and jump the starter relay.
    BAM, turns over and FIRES RIGHT UP.

    I buy a new starter relay, pull the electrical box out and replace the starter relay. I go to start it up and NOTHING. But, jumping the starter relay it still fires up.

    Now im stumped.

    Does anyone have any suggestion on what i can try doing next?

    I really hope its not a security issue, because when i purchased the ski, it DID NOT COME WITH A REMOTE.

    Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

    thanks!
    Last edited by ky3232; 12-16-2013 at 08:30 AM.


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    Starter relay is bad. Sounds like the 2nd relay is also bad. If you can jump it and it cranks then its bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wotxxxsd View Post
    Starter relay is bad. Sounds like the 2nd relay is also bad. If you can jump it and it cranks then its bad.
    or you have a bad start/stop switch on the handle bars.

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    I took the original starter relay (that i replaced) and hooked it up to my car battery. It fully functioned (could hear the click of the relay and got voltage on the output leads using a voltage meter).

    Pretty much the starter relay was not bad, even though it is now replaced.

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    I don't think its the kill switch (where the lanyard attaches) because when i do jump the starter relay and the ski is running, i can press the stop button (or pull the lanyard) and the ski will stop.

    As far as the start button, when i press it, the gauges power up and the bilge pump turns on, but no click from the starter relay and no turning over of the engine (or starter).

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    One last bit of information. When i opened up the electrical box to replace the relay, there was moisture and a small amount of water in the area of the starter relay is located.

    There was no water in the box where the ECU is (thank god).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ky3232 View Post
    I don't think its the kill switch (where the lanyard attaches) because when i do jump the starter relay and the ski is running, i can press the stop button (or pull the lanyard) and the ski will stop.

    As far as the start button, when i press it, the gauges power up and the bilge pump turns on, but no click from the starter relay and no turning over of the engine (or starter).
    ok , now that you have a multimeter , check at the solenoid if there is voltage when you press the start button. i don't remember if the wire go straight into the solenoid from the start/stop switch or if it goes into the ecm them to the relay. but you can trace the wire coming of the start/stop and find out where the breaking point is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikegp View Post
    ok , now that you have a multimeter , check at the solenoid if there is voltage when you press the start button. i don't remember if the wire go straight into the solenoid from the start/stop switch or if it goes into the ecm them to the relay. but you can trace the wire coming of the start/stop and find out where the breaking point is.
    Yup sounds like what i need to start doing. Will go through it over the weekend. Definetly will post up my finding once i go through it.

    thanks!

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    Finally got a chance to go through my FXHO.

    Started checking the battery and cables with the multi meter, everything looked good.

    Pulled the Electronic box out again and tested the starter relay. Looks like no power to the new starter relay when i press the start button. Ah ha.

    The starter relay i purchased did not come with bullet connectors like the OEM one and i had to use butt splices. After checking my connections, found the problem.
    BAD CONNECTION. My fault. Note to self, do not install parts when it is getting dark outside and when i am in a rush.

    Redid my connections and starts right up.

    THANKS FOR THE HELP GUYS!

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    Gotta love a story with a happy ending.

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