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    Bing-A-Ding-Ding-Ding, Brrrrrap! Brrrrrrrrrap!!! Polaris_Nut#1's Avatar
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    POS electrical system

    My skis ran great all weekend. I got 56.5 on the dream-o-meter and 54 on gps on the SLX @ 6530 rpms. OK, for a stock boat considering how hot and humid it was the day I checked it. The plugs were a little dark probably due to the poor air quality.

    Anyway I stood out side working on my buddies POS ZXI 750 in this sweltering heat. It would start and then not start on a retry and then it would start randomly. On the periods where it would not start it had nothing, not a click, never mind a spin. So I took it all a part and put it back together. The only connections I didn't clean are the red wire on the starter and the two bolts grounding the starter to the engine block because I didn't want to pull the exhaust pipe. So it's all together and now when I turn the power switch on it has no power and the main fuse is fine. If I were to have accident turned the solenoid off say 180 degrees and now have the battery on the starter terminal and the starter terminal hooked to battery what would happen? Only thing I can think of that I might have messed up, but I think it's in right. Checked the battery 12.26 volts. Yet when I turn the switch on the gages don't even light up. Any ideas? Other than tell him to get a Polaris?
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    Guess I'll swap the wires around without taking everything apart tomorrow or try a jumper wire and see if I get power. Guess nobody know how a solenoid works

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polaris_Nut#1 View Post
    Guess I'll swap the wires around without taking everything apart tomorrow or try a jumper wire and see if I get power.
    Guess nobody knows how a solenoid works
    The two terminals on the solenoid are probably interchangeable, but the thinner wire that feeds power to the rest of the system must be connected to the same terminal the battery positive cable is connected to.

    Does that help?

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    Is there only 3 wires on the solenoid? Two heavy and one small?
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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    The two terminals on the solenoid are probably interchangeable, but the thinner wire that feeds power to the rest of the system must be connected to the same terminal the battery positive cable is connected to.

    Does that help?
    Yeah, so if its on the wrong one no power. I hope I just turned it. That would explain it. I gave up the heat was too much and I got a nice sunburn.

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    cell phone pictures are awful, I know. You can see in the 1st pic the solenoid is under the cdi and the two threaded terminals stick out side the box so swapping them tomorrow will be easy. The label on the plastic case won't match up but if I have power it's staying like that.
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    new one $68.14 thru babbits
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    A solinold is easy to test. Ground the mount by connecting to a jumper cable -neg, then take the Pos and connect to one big post,take a test light that is grounded to the neg. and hold it to the other big post. Then run a jumper wire and go from the pos side to the little post and the light should light on.

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    So I went to change the wire from one terminal to the other and one of them broke off while loosening the nut. Guess I'm gonna need the solenoid anyway. I found that it was backwards after splitting the case to take the pos out. Guess I'll be making some phone calls tomorrow. Might as well clean the starter grounds and the positive if it's gonna be a while.

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    I just hook up the ground wire from the solenoid to a Neg 12v battery, then touch the Pos (other small wire going into the solenoid) to the + of the battery. You would definitly hear and feel the solenoid if it works then.

    Also......when everything is hooked up and in place. use a multi meter and probe the small positive wire going into the solenoid. When you hit the start button, you are supposed to see 12v there. If you dont get 12v when you press the start button........that tells you the solenoid isnt getting the power and signal to close.

    Your 12v + wire i'm speaking of should be a yellow one usually.

    You should also be able to use any polaris, yamaha, or kawi solenoid (so you can find the best price deal), but stay away from the sea-doos. Sea-doo uses plug in connectors, and also had a notoriously large # of solenoids fail.

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