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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:

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.

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

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

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.

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

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?

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


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.

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

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

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