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Cool Preventive Maintenance for Waverunners

Hello. I am new to this site as a member but I must admit I've haunted it for a few years when I've had a problem with my Waverunners. I would be very appreciative if someone could help me with some items that I should be able to handle myself. I'm not talking about anything too terribly mechanical, but more preventive.

For instance, every year, on one of my Waverunners or the other's (one is a 2012 VXR and the other is a 2007 FX HO), reverse lever seizes up. I know it is a cable issue but I'm thinking there should be a way for me to lube this, right?

My other repetitive issue is, twice now, the cable on my 2007 FX HO throttle has become so loose that the throttle has no resistance and does not return to its original position when pulled. The trigger swings pretty freely like the cable is detached, stretched or broken.

Since these Waverunners are kept on lifts and I do not own a trailer, this requires me to tow it across water to the public boat ramp for my mechanic to pick it up.

I'm not trying to get out of the yearly trip to my mechanic for routine maintenance, it would just be nice to ride them to the dock (instead of towing them) and turn them over to him without a list of problems each year.

Thank you in advance for any help for these basic issues.
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Hi, Debbie,
Welcome aboard. Again.
My first thought is that getting a trailer and taking them off the water for the winter would be a big help. Of course that would depend on how much there ridden during the winter months.
Doing the above, combined with what I posted in your post in member introduction. I believe would result in a lot less issues in the spring.
Setting on the salt water all winter is very hard on them. even on a lift there still subjected to salt spray. The salt spray is very corrosive.
Yes, this would require a little outlay in cash. 500/700 for used double trailer but well worth it in my opinion. I think this would cut your maintenance cost considerably. Yes you'd still have regular maintenance but maybe not all the added maintenance issues.
This just my thoughts. Rods may have some ideas as well.
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Thank you for your reply. Unfortunately, that is not an option. We have nowhere to store an empty trailer let alone one with 2 Waverunners. Our houses are too close together to get a trailer in the back yard and I don’t feel secure leaving a Waverunner on a trailer in front of our house, even if we had room. Three years ago, our brand new Kawasaki was stolen from our driveway. We were keeping it there temporarily while we were getting it registered, etc. It was on a locked trailer and the lock was cut off and it was towed away at 5:00 a.m. We never got it back. Luckily, it was insured. We owned it for 2 weeks!

I know the salt water is brutal and we do invest in expensive covers. Most people in this area do keep their Jetski’s on lifts. Other than spraying down most metal areas that I can reach with T-9, is there another way to lubricate these cables? Thanks, again.
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Man that sucks about your kaw. Watched a video on how easy and fast that the tungue locks can be defeated. It was unreal how fast they had those locks off.
For the throttle cable you can buy a cable lube tool for it. It attaches to the cable end then you attach a can of cable lube and spray till it comes out the other end. As for the back up cable. I've found nothing that attaches to be able to lube them as easily. I can only lube either end and that's it.
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There should be rubber boots and/or bellows that waterproof the cable ends. (see part picture) If they are missing, they should be replaced, but it sounds as if the cable is damaged and now needs replacing. You can slide the boots off, extend the cables, and lube the ends with marine grease, slide the boot back on and secure to the larger part of the cable with a small zip tie. This should help with water proofing.

On the throttle cable there are adjustment nuts and lock nuts. It sounds like the lock nut keeps coming loose, is not tightened, or the cable or nut is stripped.
https://www.manualslib.com/manual/13...page=50#manual
It could be it is breaking inside, especially if it seems to be getting stiff.
I don't know what year that manual is for, but most, if not all of the basics should apply.

EVERY pivot point on both ski's should be lubed with marine grease once a year. This includes the stuff up under the cowel in the bow. If you can't get to it, at least try and spray them down with a good silicone lube.

How often are you flushing and rinsing the ski's with a salt neutralizing agent before treating with the t-9 ? Should be at the end of the day after every use. Spray everything down, inside and out, and since the stay at the water it needs to be eco friendly.

You guys can do most, if not all of your own maint. Just follow the service manual. I would suggest getting printed ones so you can mark the ness. pages with sticky tabs.
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There is info online about removing the cables from the ski and hanging them vertically. You then arrange a balloon of lubricant around the top end so that the only way the lubricant has to go is down. Then you just let it sit until the lube goes into the shielded cable. This did not work very well for me. I also tried a method I saw on lubricating motorcycle cables. It uses a little metal piece that fits the end of the shielded cable and then the pressurized aerosol lubricant is forced into the shielded cable.

When I leave my ski, I leave the reverse lever "in the middle". When I come back to the ski and the cable is stuck, I put pressure forward and them backwards on the handle. It hardly moves at first but the movement increases until you have full throw and it is free-ed up.

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My other repetitive issue is, twice now, the cable on my 2007 FX HO throttle has become so loose that the throttle has no resistance and does not return to its original position when pulled. The trigger swings pretty freely like the cable is detached, stretched or broken.
This is not too difficult to diagnosis. The cause is something mechanical on one end of the throttle cable or the other end of the throttle cable. To do it your self you will need to disassemble the unit where the "trigger" is located.

You will also need to go into the intake and look closely at where the cable connects to the engine

I think you can rule out stretched. Broken, detached, or there is something wrong with the mechanical adjustment in the intake where the cable attaches to the engine. OR a previous owner, or repair tech, put it together incorrectly

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