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My son was riding ours the other day and he got an alarm light but no indication on the cause of the alarm. Now it want crank. It displays "Start" on the display but nothing happens. What might be the problem.
 

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My son was riding ours the other day and he got an alarm light but no indication on the cause of the alarm. Now it want crank. It displays "Start" on the display but nothing happens. What might be the problem.
Not real sure about XLT 1200. But you need to talk to Ernest T. He is the go to Yamahaha specialist he really knows his stuff. If he doesn't get back to you send him a private message.

Good luck.. Where are ya Ernest? :eek:
 

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So many possibilities. Very hard to diagnosis without knowing what the alarm was for. I'm guessing maybe a water temp alarm or exhaust temp. alarm, since they are more common problems on that ski. Have you replaced the cat/con with the D-plate? The cat/con can fail on those skis and cause the ski to shut down and not start. Maybe your son ran over something and clogged the cooling system, which would activate the water temp. alarm? Look in the pump to see if anything is stuck in there.

Next thing to check for is loose electrical connections. Could just be a loose water temp. or exhaust temp. sensor, etc.. I'd look at all connections including in the Ebox first. Loose, bad, or corroded water temp. sensor will prevent spark.

Make sure you have a good battery..........take it to an auto parts store and let them load test it. Could have been low voltage alarm on the battery. You could have enough juice to light the start display, but not enough to crank the engine.

If you have done the above without success then you will either need to get the service manual and follow the troubleshooting guide to test the electrical system, or take it to a dealership to let them do it.

There are many other possibilities, but less likely IMO since they would probably not be associated with an alarm: bad starter solenoid, bad pulser coil, bad stop/stop/kill switch, something locking the pump system, the list goes on and on..........
 

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Yamaha 1200 XL exhaust alarm

I just purchased a used 1999 Yamaha 1200 XL. We took it out for the first time today. After running for about 10 minutes the EXHAUST alarm sounded. We went to shore and looked at the ski. Nothing seemed to be hot to the touch, only warm. We restarted and after about 10 minutes the alarm sounded again.

The ski ran great. The only issue I could not understand was that there was NEVER a stream of water shooting out the ski on the left side as indicated in the owners manual. I checked the tube and there is no obstruction in the tube or outlet. There is plenty of water shooting into the air and out the pump from the rear of the ski. The ski always starts right up after you clear the alarm. It runs fine even when the alarm is sounding.

I called the dealer and he advised that maybe the cat/con is plugged up. He said that after a 100 hours the cat/con tends to plug on these units. The ski has 138 hours. He also said something about a D plate or something like that. The dealer does not work on units more than 10 years old. If you know who could work on these older units near College Station, TX I would appreciate a recommendation.
 

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I just purchased a used 1999 Yamaha 1200 XL. We took it out for the first time today. After running for about 10 minutes the EXHAUST alarm sounded. We went to shore and looked at the ski. Nothing seemed to be hot to the touch, only warm. We restarted and after about 10 minutes the alarm sounded again.

The ski ran great. The only issue I could not understand was that there was NEVER a stream of water shooting out the ski on the left side as indicated in the owners manual. I checked the tube and there is no obstruction in the tube or outlet. There is plenty of water shooting into the air and out the pump from the rear of the ski. The ski always starts right up after you clear the alarm. It runs fine even when the alarm is sounding.

I called the dealer and he advised that maybe the cat/con is plugged up. He said that after a 100 hours the cat/con tends to plug on these units. The ski has 138 hours. He also said something about a D plate or something like that. The dealer does not work on units more than 10 years old. If you know who could work on these older units near College Station, TX I would appreciate a recommendation.
i had the same alarm. when i pulled the exhaust apart, the cat element had come out of its housing and slid back. it had mangled the exhaust temp sensor. i replaced it with the d plate and chip. its not real hard to do. if have you a metric socket and wrench set, you can probably do it yourself. got to denniskirk.com for the parts.
 
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