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    Water In The Hull

    Wanting to find out if anyone has any ideas How I might be getting alot of water in my ski. The hull is not damaged that I can find anywhere and I understand that there is going to be some water, but I seem to be getting an inordinate amount. I have had the ski for about 3 years and it's getting alot more water inside than ever before. It's a '97 SLT700, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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    Have you run it in the water with the seat off, and watched for water leaks?

    It is probably coming from the drive shaft through-hull bearing/seal, or the engine cooling water flow.

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    No I haven't run it with the seat off. I will have to try that this weekend and see what I can come with. Thanks!

    If I run it hooked up to the flushing connection will I be able to see any leaks there might be in the cooling system hoses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duckmaster View Post
    ...If I run it hooked up to the flushing connection will I be able to see any leaks there might be in the cooling system hoses?
    Depends on where the leak actually is, and how you hook up the hose.

    Connect the garden hose to the main cooling water inlet hose, down by the jet pump base, not the water bar on top of the engine. You will need to remove the hose from the hull fitting, and use a 3/4" hose barb adapter for your garden hose.

    That way, the hose water flow is exactly the same as the normal water flow when the machine is in the water. Pump up the through-hull bearing grease fitting with waterproof grease before running the engine out of the water.

    To avoid getting water inside the engine, always follow this sequence on the hose.
    Engine start first, THEN turn the water on.
    Max 2 minutes run time on the hose.
    Turn the water off FIRST, then burp the throttle firmly once or twice, then shut down the engine.

    Let it cool down before you run it again on the hose.

    Be sure you reconnect and tighten that inlet hose properly when you are done.

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