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tinoman
06-13-2008, 12:01 PM
Hi i have a 1999 xstar with LTR engine it turns over but doesnt spark HELP PLEASE:confused::confused::confused::confused:

JimN
06-13-2008, 12:06 PM
Before anything, when did this begin? Was any work done on the boat or motor?


Check the safety switch. Press in on the center if the clip is always on it. Heat makes the clip relax and it won't press the switch in enough if it's always on it.

tinoman
06-14-2008, 04:51 AM
it began after i got the boat. there is no spark from the coils i have changed the ECM and that doesnt change it. we have continuitied all the wires and still no joy. when you say safety swith what do you mean?
many thanks

Brent
06-14-2008, 05:12 AM
It is called a lanyard.

JimN
06-14-2008, 07:35 AM
Other than the engine, the ECM is the single most expensive, and about the least likely cause of the problem, on the boat. You need to look at what causes the ignition control module to cause the spark, not just start by replacing parts.

Read your manual and if you don't have one, get one. I can't think of a boat made after the 1960s that doesn't have a safety switch.

The lanyard is the cord with the clip that is supposed to be attached to the driver, which pulls the clip from the switch if the driver is thrown from the boat, or falls away from the helm.

Chief
06-14-2008, 07:41 AM
I bet it's the Lanyard. Then again it may just need the whole engine replaced. :D

tinoman
06-14-2008, 07:56 AM
so you guys think it might be the lanyard that is earthing the current to the coils so therefore stopping the spark?

Jim@BAWS
06-14-2008, 08:05 AM
so you guys think it might be the lanyard that is earthing the current to the coils so therefore stopping the spark?


Dealers with computers are a good place to start

Jim@BAWS

JimN
06-14-2008, 08:06 AM
The safety switch opens the ignition circuit, so no voltage gets to the ignition system, which leads me to ask: do your gauges move when you turn the key to ON, or just sit there? If they move, the lanyard is in place but you still need to familiarize yourself with the boat. The safety switch is near the throttle.

tinoman
06-14-2008, 08:11 AM
the gauges move but the taco reads nothing when you turn it over?

JimN
06-14-2008, 08:42 AM
Did you check any of the fuses on the motor?

tinoman
06-14-2008, 09:13 AM
which ones and where are they located?