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    What is going on man...

    I last used my ski a few months ago and she was fine. I went to go and start it today with no joy. I tried to sort of fire once then that was it. I have pulled the spark plugs and there is no spark... At ALL!!

    I don't understand as it was running great!

    Just to remind you all that she is a year 2000, 1200 SLX.

    Any ideas?


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    bat

    weak battery,gotta have over 10.5 volts cranking to fire

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    Do you think? It was spinning quite fast..?

    I have a gel battery in there... Can I charge that thing with a normal car charger then?

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    Agreed. Battery needs to be darn near fully charged.

    A car charger should work fine. Best to use a low amp (trickle) charge method instead of fast charge.

    Also there is a test procedure in the tech secton under Domestic electrical for testing the stator.

    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeordieBoyKel View Post
    Do you think? It was spinning quite fast..?

    I have a gel battery in there... Can I charge that thing with a normal car charger then?
    Engine crank RPM is not a reliable indication of battery health.

    MAXIMUM charge current for these batteries is TWO AMPS.

    If you are using an automotive charger, make sure it is set to the lowest charge rate available. If it is still going to push more than 2 Amps, don't use it.

    The real world test for a Polaris PWC battery is that it must deliver more than 10.5 volts (measured at the battery posts, with a multi-meter), while the engine is cranking over.

    Under 10.5 volts means no spark during cranking.

    If your battery went flat in a few months on non-use, then it may have degraded internally, and is no longer holding a charge properly.

    If you need to replace the battery, I suggest buying a sealed AGM type battery. The price will be higher, but sealed AGM are much better batteries.

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    Cheers guys... I think what has happened then is that there was no fuel in the carbs and whilst cranking the battery has flattened even more after standing for a while. I will place it on charge now then and let you all know how I get on.

    Cheers Guys.

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    Had the same problem with my 1200. It started just fine one day and nothing the next, no spark, even on a fresh charged battery. Replaced the battery and it started right up.

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    Arrow You must have a strong battery

    Quote Originally Posted by dbmann View Post
    Had the same problem with my 1200.

    It started just fine one day and nothing the next, no spark, even on a fresh charged battery.

    Replaced the battery and it started right up.
    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Engine crank RPM is not a reliable indication of battery health.

    ...The real world test for a Polaris PWC battery is that it must deliver more than 10.5 volts (measured at the battery posts, with a multi-meter), while the engine is cranking over.

    Under 10.5 volts means no spark during cranking.

    If your battery went flat in a few months on non-use, then it may have degraded internally, and is no longer holding a charge properly.

    If you need to replace the battery, I suggest buying a sealed AGM type battery. The price will be higher, but sealed AGM are much better batteries.
    For the benefit of others who may read this thread.

    The most common cause of a mysterious no-start condition is that the battery is not strong enough.

    This story is repeated dozens of times every year. The PWC owner feels that battery should be good, or it seems to be good, yet the engine won't start, or won't start reliably.

    Sometimes the battery really is brand new, but is defective internally. This happens, especially with cheap/traditional lead-acid batteries.

    If the engine cranks, but does not start, and there is no spark, the first thing to do is install a known good, or even brand new, battery.

    Often, that is all it takes, and the engine starts right up!

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    One charged battery later and the Ski cracked into life within seconds... Sorted.

    Cheers Guys for the help and advice... Again...

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    She likes the bike. But the ski gets her wet!!!! xlint89's Avatar
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    Glad to hear.

    Now, go get some ride time in. Hopefully with a sexy lady on the back....

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