Thread: Problems First Time Out
04-25-2009, 01:02 PM #1
Problems First Time Out
Took the ski out for the first time of the year today. Weather was beautiful but the water was freezing. I changed the oil and the oil filter, but did not switch the plugs yet. I'll be doing that later today. Last year I ended the season running great. The start to this year was not so good. At low and mid speeds it seems to be fine. The first time I hit throttle it took off good for a few seconds but shortly after that it started to feel like the supercharger quit working for about 3 or 4 seconds. It then took off again but didn't get back to my normal rpm's. At idle it almost seemed like it wanted to crap out, but it did not. I started to head back to the dock but wanted to try it again. Same thing. Supercharger took off at first, but did not hit normal rpm's and then the supercharger seemed like I let of the throttle a bit for a few seconds. All in all I only hit 65.9 mph and rpm's were down. It doesn't seem to have the punch that it normally does. The last bit of info I have is that once I took it out of the water, I turned it back on to flush the water out. When I would hit the throttle, it seemed as if it was hesitating before it would react to me squeezing the throttle. Any ideas? Someone told me that it could be plugs, supercharger belt, stuck valves, old gas. I'm going to go back out tomorrow and see what happens. Let me know if you have any input.
04-25-2009, 01:51 PM #2
sounds like what happened to me just before my SC belt went. Try tightening the belt and see how that works.
04-25-2009, 06:23 PM #3
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It could very well also be plugs or the SC belt. I know that in seadoos, when you start seeing rpm drops like that, it means the supercharger washers are going, but i don't know if this applies to SC Kawis.
04-25-2009, 06:47 PM #4
I'm going to start with the plugs cause they have been in there for a while and I'll take it out tomorrow. If that doesn't work, I was taking it to R Rated this week anyway to get the supercharger belt changed and some of the bearings, along with a quick trip to Atlantic City. Hopefully that solves the problem.
04-25-2009, 09:59 PM #5
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I would pull the spark plugs before you start paying any labor rates. I had 14 hours on my Ultra 250X and it started running on 3 cylinders. It was only about 5 months old so I took it in for warranty repair. Long story short it cost me about $230.00 just to have Kawasaki tell me it was my fault that I did not break it in properly.
04-26-2009, 12:07 AM #6
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04-26-2009, 12:12 PM #7
New plugs and all is good. Rpm's were steady between 8100 and 8200. Power was back and never slipped at all. To make things even better, a kid on an rxp actually pulled up to me and told me to shut down. He then proceeded to tell me that he wanted to race. I usually like my speed just for my own satisfaction. I never pull up to people and ask if they want to race, so when the opportunity presented itself I said what the hell, lets go for it. For him, the results were not good at all. I left him way back and shut it down and waited for him to catch up. Needless to say, the new plugs gave my ski its balls back. I still am going to have some maintenance work done, but I think I'm done modding this ski unless something crazy comes out. I'm happy with the speed, power, and everything else. Now its time to enjoy this beast!
04-26-2009, 05:48 PM #8
Glad it was just plugs!!!
04-26-2009, 06:07 PM #9
04-26-2009, 06:42 PM #10
I'm planning on leaving at 3 am friday morning and dropping the ski off. I'm heading to Atlantic City for the night and I'll be back in the morning if the ski is done. This all depends on Rudy having my parts by then. He told me to call him on wednesday to make sure he has them before I leave. Is that water warming up for you yet? Its cold here but not cold enought to keep me off the water.
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