Page 1 of 4 1 2 3 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 37
  1. #1
    I'd rather be riding!
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Enterprise, AL
    Posts
    86

    1100 ZXi Engine won't turn over when plugs are installed??? Help

    Need some advice from the many experts on here.

    Jet ski will turn over well with spark plugs removed, but only turns over once or twice with plugs in the machine.

    I've tried a different battery with the same results.

    Some History -- I rebuilt the ski last season--rebuilt cam, bored, new top end. Rode it about 5 times after the rebuild. On the last time out, the ski quit and nothing would happen when you pushed the start button.

    I thought maybe I had lost a piston or the engine had locked up. Took plugs out and tried to start, but no luck. Turned over by hand and no problem.

    Got busy and put the ski up and hadn't looked at it again until this week. When I tried to start it, nothing happened when I hit the start button.

    I thought the starter relay was bad--opened the box and it was moist, so dried it out, cleaned all connectors, tested starter relay, and it was good. Reassembled and the ski turns over well with the plugs out, but will only turn over a little with the plugs in.

    Really puzzled and hope someone on here can point me in the right direction.

    Thanks in advance for any help.


  2. #2
    steve45's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    5,011
    +1
    283
    Not sure what kind of cam you have in a ZXi...

    Look for loose/dirty connections on battery cables (don't forget the ground cable on the engine block.

  3. #3
    I'd rather be riding!
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Enterprise, AL
    Posts
    86
    Thanks Steve, you are correct, should have said Crankshaft vs cam.
    I removed and cleaned all the battery connections, but will check again.

    It won't turn over with even 1 pug installed. It is almost like a hydrolock, but there is nothing in the cyclinders.

    Is it possible something is clogging the exhaust somewhere?

    Keith

  4. #4
    steve45's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    5,011
    +1
    283
    No, exhaust won't cause that.

    Did you ever figure out why it quit running last year?

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Australia Melbourne
    Posts
    839
    +1
    137
    Quote Originally Posted by jkv1216 View Post
    Need some advice from the many experts on here.

    Jet ski will turn over well with spark plugs removed, but only turns over once or twice with plugs in the machine.

    I've tried a different battery with the same results.

    Some History -- I rebuilt the ski last season--rebuilt cam, bored, new top end. Rode it about 5 times after the rebuild. On the last time out, the ski quit and nothing would happen when you pushed the start button.

    I thought maybe I had lost a piston or the engine had locked up. Took plugs out and tried to start, but no luck. Turned over by hand and no problem.

    Got busy and put the ski up and hadn't looked at it again until this week. When I tried to start it, nothing happened when I hit the start button.

    I thought the starter relay was bad--opened the box and it was moist, so dried it out, cleaned all connectors, tested starter relay, and it was good. Reassembled and the ski turns over well with the plugs out, but will only turn over a little with the plugs in.

    Really puzzled and hope someone on here can point me in the right direction.

    Thanks in advance for any help.
    Can you turn engine by hand with plugs in, if ok, have you checked voltage drop of battery and relay contacts under load, if ok, have starter motor checked by auto electrician. Or if you know how you can check current draw of starter (this will help determine if starter or engine is causing the problem )

  6. #6
    I'd rather be riding!
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Enterprise, AL
    Posts
    86
    Steve -- Never figured out why it quit last year -- got cold and I got busy--just got back to it.

    Ange -- I put DC Voltmeter leads across the battery while cranking. No significant drop with plugs out, but drops several volts when plugs are in. I swapped batteries to see if the battery was bad under load. 2nd battery gave similar results but with less voltage drop.

    I guess my next step will be to remove the starter and test it -- but not sure how to test under a load??

  7. #7
    steve45's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    5,011
    +1
    283
    Hook jumper cables (or booster pack) directly to the terminals on the starter. Be careful, it will spark, but it should crank the engine with plugs in.

  8. #8
    I'd rather be riding!
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Enterprise, AL
    Posts
    86
    Thanks Steve. I'll try the booster as soon as I get back home--work trip to India this week

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Australia Melbourne
    Posts
    839
    +1
    137
    Quote Originally Posted by jkv1216 View Post
    Steve -- Never figured out why it quit last year -- got cold and I got busy--just got back to it.

    Ange -- I put DC Voltmeter leads across the battery while cranking. No significant drop with plugs out, but drops several volts when plugs are in. I swapped batteries to see if the battery was bad under load. 2nd battery gave similar results but with less voltage drop.

    I guess my next step will be to remove the starter and test it -- but not sure how to test under a load??
    Check if engine has a good earth.
    Connect volt meter between the negative battery post and the body of starter motor (while trying to starter engine) voltage should be below .5 volt (if higher, there is most likely an bad earth)

    If above is Ok and engine turns ok by hand, battery and relay check ok the only thing left is the starter.

    Best to remove starter motor and have it checked by a professional. (Doesn't cost much to check and should be nil cost if they supply C/O unit or repair yours)

    Good luck
    Last edited by ange5583; 05-18-2014 at 11:51 PM.

  10. #10
    I'd rather be riding!
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Enterprise, AL
    Posts
    86
    So, Finally made it back to working on my Zxi. Today after I pulled the engine, I was blowing out the engine mount holes. I accidentally blew air into the muffler and water flew out. I stuck my hand down into the muffler and it was full of water.
    Pretty sure this is why the engine wouldn't turn over?
    Now the big question-- What would cause the muffler to fill up with water?
    Thanks in advance for your help on this.

Page 1 of 4 1 2 3 ... LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. 2002 Seadoo GTX 4TEC won't turn over with plugs in
    By Powellboater in forum 4-Tec Performance
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 08-25-2016, 07:49 PM
  2. Help... Engine won't turn over
    By frostymugs in forum Polaris PWC Performance
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-07-2011, 08:35 AM
  3. 1996 SLT 780 engine won't turn over
    By kabadou in forum Polaris Open Discussion
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 04-22-2011, 08:43 AM
  4. ZXI 900 won't turn over just clicks
    By polarisrider007 in forum Kawasaki Open Discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 07-20-2010, 10:36 PM
  5. engine won't turn over
    By freelancenovelist in forum MSX/Matrix
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 06-19-2009, 05:39 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •