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2005
Honda ARX1200T3DX/T3/N3
AQUATRAX F-12X with GPScape/F-12X/F-12
OWNER'S MANUAL

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    2005 Honda ARX1200T3DX/T3/N3 AQUATRAX F-12X with GPScape/F-12X/F-12 OWNER’S MANUAL...

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    (PWC). owner’s manual before you ride. It’s full of facts, instructions, safety information, and When you own a Honda, you’re part of a helpful tips. To make it easy to use, the worldwide family of satisfied customers ––...

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    You may also want to visit our website at thoroughly so you understand the coverages www. honda. com. that protect your new Honda and are aware of your rights and responsibilities. For a list of authorized Honda PWC dealers, please refer to the following website: As a PWC owner, you have joined a larger www.

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    A Few Words About Safety Your safety, and the safety of others, is very important. And operating this PWC safely is an important responsibility. To help you make informed decisions about safety, we have provided operating procedures and other information on labels and in this manual. This information alerts you to potential hazards that could hurt you or others.

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    A Few Words About Safety You WILL be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you don’t follow instructions. You CAN be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you don’t follow instructions. You CAN be HURT if you don’t follow instructions. • Safety Headings — such as Important Safety Reminders or Important Safety Precautions. •...

  • Page 6: Instruments & Controls

    Contents These pages give an overview of the contents GPScape System (ARX1200T3DX only) · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · 57 of your owner’s manual.

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    Contents Servicing Your Honda · · · · · · · · · · · · · · 137 Technical Information · · · · · · · · · · · · · · 239 Why your PWC needs regular maintenance,...

  • Page 9: Pwc Safety

    PWC Safety This section presents some of the most Important Safety Information ...2 important information and recommendations Safety Labels ..... .6 to help you operate your PWC safely.

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    Important Safety Information Your Honda PWC is a high performance boat, Avoid Collisions not a toy. Honda recommends that it be The most common type of PWC accident is operated by someone at least 16 years old. colliding with another vessel. In addition,...

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    Important Safety Information Ride Defensively Wear a PFD and Protective Clothing Watching out for other water users around When you ride your PWC, you must wear a you and knowing the rules of the waterway Coast Guard-approved Type I , II or III PFD can help keep you out of trouble (page 106).

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    Important Safety Information Get Training Ride within Your Limits According to the Coast Guard, more than Pushing limits can increase the risk of loss of 85% of all fatalities involved people who did control and collision. Never ride beyond your not have boating instruction.

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    Important Safety Information Keep Your Honda in Safe Condition It’s important to keep your PWC properly maintained and in safe riding condition. To help avoid problems, inspect your PWC before every ride and perform all recommended maintenance. Never exceed load limits...

  • Page 14: Safety Labels

    Safety labels on your PWC either warn you of potential hazards that could cause serious injury or they provide important safety information. Read these labels carefully and don’t remove them. If a label comes off or becomes hard to read, contact your Honda PWC dealer for a replacement. WARNING To reduce the risk of SEVERE INJURY or DEATH: WEAR A PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE (PFD) .

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    Safety Labels WARNING Collisions result in more INJURIES AND DEATHS than any other type of accident for personal watercraft (PWC). TO AVOID COLLISIONS: SCAN CONSTANTLY for people, objects, and other watercraft. Be alert for conditions that limit your visibility or block your vision of others. OPERATE DEFENSIVELY at safe speeds and keep a safe distance away from people, objects, and other watercraft.

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    Safety Labels WARNING WARNING Overloading or improperly loading the PWC can make Starting the engine without ventilating the engine it difficult to control and could result in an accident. compartment can cause a fire or explosion. See Owner's Manual for loading information. See Owner's Manual.

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    Safety Labels WARNING Towing a skier, another watercraft, or other heavy items can make the PWC difficult to control and could result in an accident. See Owner's Manual for towing information. (ARX1200T3DX only) PWC Safety...

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    PWC Safety...

  • Page 19: Table Of Contents

    Instruments & Controls This section shows the location of all gauges, Component Locations ....13 indicators, and controls you would normally Multi-function Display ....19 use before or while riding your PWC.

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    Instruments & Controls Controls & Features ....39 ID Lock System ....39 Limit Mode .

  • Page 21: Component Locations

    Component Locations (ARX1200T3DX) (ARX1200T3/N3) indicators front hood latch front hood latch multi-function display control display muiti-function display control buttons display buttons rearview rearview mirror rearview rearview mirror mirror mirror start button engine stop engine stop start button button/switch button/switch lock clip lock clip throttle lever throttle lever...

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    Component Locations handlebar hood front storage fuel fill cap reverse lever compartment front seat rear seat sponson seat strap fire extinguisher compartment bow eyelet tool kit compartment Instruments & Controls...

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    Component Locations rear seat latch glove box grab rail stern eyelet front seat latch stern eyelets (ARX1200T3DX only) boarding step sponson (ARX1200T3DX only) Instruments & Controls...

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    Component Locations rear seat latch glove box grab rail stern eyelet front seat latch stern eyelets (ARX1200T3DX only) boarding step sponson (ARX1200T3DX only) Instruments & Controls...

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    Component Locations footboard engine compartment UNDER HULL jet pump water intake ride plate grate drive shaft Instruments & Controls...

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    Component Locations air box drain tube oil filter spark plugs bilge strainer oil filler cap/dipstick fuse box air filter throttle adjuster maintenance oil drain battery joint pipe cap Instruments & Controls...

  • Page 27: Multi-function Display

    Multi-function Display The multi-function display and beeper on (1) tachometer (2) LIMIT MODE indicator your PWC keep you informed, alert you to (3) WARNING lamp possible problems, and make your riding (4) low oil pressure indicator more enjoyable. Refer to the display (5) PGM-FI malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) frequently.

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    After the check is complete, you will see the normal displays. (ARX1200T3/N3) If any part of these displays does not come on when it should, have your Honda PWC dealer check for problems. (1) multi-function display (2) tachometer Instruments & Controls...

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    Multi-function Display tachometer Shows engine speed in revolutions per minute (rpm). LIMIT MODE indicator Comes on when the limit mode is activated and continues to flash while the mode is active (page 46). This indicator is usually off. WARNING lamp Flashes under the following conditions: (1) The remaining fuel is low.

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    Multi-function Display low oil pressure indicator Flashes when the engine oil pressure is low enough to cause engine damage. If the indicator flashes, immediately take the shortest route to land, then see page 224 instructions and cautions. This indicator is usually off. PGM-FI malfunction indicator Flashes when there is some abnormality in the lamp (MIL)

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    Multi-function Display low battery voltage indicator Flashes when the battery voltage is below approx. 11.5 V. If the indicator flashes, immediately take the shortest route to land. This indicator is usually off. engine cooling water temperature Flashes when the engine cooling water temperature indicator is high enough to cause engine damage.

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    Multi-function Display fuel gauge Shows approximate fuel supply available (page 34). When segment F goes on, the fuel tank capacity is: 16.64 US gal (63.0R) When segment E flashes while riding, fuel remaining in the tank is about: 3.41 US gal (12.9R) low fuel indicator Flashes when the fuel remaining in the tank is about: 3.41 US gal (12.9R)

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    Multi-function Display multi-function meter The meter includes the following functions: digital clock ( Shows hour and minute (pages 35, 37). tachometer Shows engine speed in revolutions per minute (rpm). time meter ( Shows the hours and minutes of engine operation since you last reset the meter.

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    Multi-function Display speedometer Shows approximate riding speed in miles per hour. MODE button Selects the mode of the multi-function meter: digital clock, tachometer, time meter, tripmeter, hourmeter, mileage to waypoint (ARX1200T3DX). Selects ON or OFF for the limit mode. WP SET button This button is used to set the digital clock (page (ARX1200T3DX)

  • Page 35: Wp Set Button (arx1200t3dx)

    Multi-function Display WP SET Button (ARX1200T3DX) SET Button (ARX1200T3/N3) The WP SET button is used to set the digital The SET button is used to set the digital clock (page 35) and input a waypoint or to clock (page 37). erase mileage to waypoint.

  • Page 36: Mode Button (arx1200t3dx)

    Multi-function Display The MODE button is also used to select the MODE Button (ARX1200T3DX) limit mode. To select the limit mode, press The MODE button is also used to switch and hold the button for at least 5 seconds with between 6 displays (digital clock, tachometer, the engine off (page...

  • Page 37: Mode Button (arx1200t3/n3)

    Multi-function Display The MODE button is also used to select the MODE Button (ARX1200T3/N3) limit mode. To select the limit mode, press and hold the button for at least 5 seconds with The MODE button is also used to switch the engine off (page 46).

  • Page 38: Id Set Button

    Multi-function Display ID SET Button The ID SET button is used to enter the ID number. To enter the number, push the button (page 39). The ID SET button is also used to activate the ID lock system. ID No. Button The ID No.

  • Page 39: Low Oil Pressure Indicator

    Multi-function Display If this occurs, head for shore and turn the Low Oil Pressure Indicator engine OFF. See page 224 for instructions The low oil pressure indicator (1) and the and cautions. WARNING lamp (2) flash and the warning beeper sounds when engine oil pressure is NOTICE low enough to cause engine damage.

  • Page 40: Engine Cooling Water Temperature

    Multi-function Display If this occurs, head for shore and turn the Engine Cooling Water Temperature engine OFF. See page 222 for instruction and Indicator precautions. The engine cooling water temperature NOTICE indicator (1) and the WARNING lamp (2) Continuing to ride with an overheated engine flash and the warning beeper sounds when can cause serious engine damage.

  • Page 41: Low Battery Voltage Indicator

    If the battery voltage is low (below approx. immediately head for shore and see your 11.5 V), the low battery voltage indicator (1) Honda PWC dealer as soon as possible. and the WARNING lamp (2) flash and the (ARX1200T3DX) warning beeper sounds.

  • Page 42: Fuel Gauge And Low Fuel Indicator

    Multi-function Display (ARX1200T3/N3) Fuel Gauge and Low Fuel Indicator To stop the warning beeper, press and hold The fuel gauge liquid crystal display (1) any one of the four control buttons (SET, shows the approximate fuel supply available. MODE, ID SET, or ID No.) for about 2 seconds. The fuel tank capacity is: 16.64 US gal (63.0R) (ARX1200T3DX)

  • Page 43: Digital Clock (arx1200t3dx)

    Multi-function Display Digital Clock (ARX1200T3DX) Shows hour and minute. To adjust the time, proceed as follows: 1. Insert the lock clip in the engine stop button/switch to turn on the display. If necessary, enter the ID number after this operation (page 42).

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    Multi-function Display 4. To set the hour, push the + or – button (4) (5) until the desired hour appears. • Quick setting – press and hold the + or – button until the desired hour appears. 5. Push the WP SET button (3). The minute display will start flashing.

  • Page 45: Digital Clock (arx1200t3/n3)

    Multi-function Display Digital Clock (ARX1200T3/N3) Shows hour and minute. To adjust the time, proceed as follows: 1. Insert the lock clip in the engine stop button/switch to turn on the display. If necessary, enter the ID number after this operation (page 42).

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    Multi-function Display 4. To set the hour, push the MODE button (2) until the desired hour appears. • Quick setting – press and hold the MODE button until the desired hour appears. 5. Push the SET button. The minute display will start flashing.

  • Page 47: Controls & Features

    Controls & Features (ARX1200T3DX) ID Lock System Your PWC is equipped with an ID lock system that prevents the engine being started by anyone who doesn’t have the ID number. To Create an ID Number 1. Insert the lock clip in the engine stop button/switch to turn on the display.

  • Page 48: Features

    Controls & Features (ARX1200T3DX) 3. Push the ID No. button until the desired number is displayed. 4. Push the ID SET button (3), the second digit of ID number display will start flashing. 5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 two more times to select all three digits.

  • Page 49: Features

    Controls & Features (ARX1200T3/N3) (3) ID SET button Instruments & Controls...

  • Page 50: Features

    Controls & Features (ARX1200T3DX) To Activate the Lock System 1. With the engine OFF, press and hold the ID SET button for at least 2 seconds when the multi-function display goes on. The key mark (4) will start flashing. 2. Push the ID SET button once. The key mark will go on and the first digit of the ID number will start flashing and the beeper sounds once.

  • Page 51: Features

    After three failures to enter the correct number, the display will turn off. In order to try again, remove and insert the lock clip. If you forget the ID number and have not recorded it elsewhere, contact your Honda PWC dealer. Instruments & Controls...

  • Page 52: Features

    Controls & Features (ARX1200T3/N3) Instruments & Controls...

  • Page 53: Features

    Controls & Features To Change the ID Number 1. Insert the lock clip in the engine stop button/switch to turn on the display. 2. Press and hold the ID No. button for at least 2 seconds. The display will switch to the change mode with the ID No.

  • Page 54: Limit Mode

    Controls & Features To Cancel the Limit Mode Limit Mode • With the engine off, press and hold the The limit mode restricts the speed of your PWC MODE button for more than 5 seconds (approx. 35 mph) to allow new riders to become until the LIMIT MODE indicator goes off.

  • Page 55: Start Button

    Controls & Features LEFT HANDLEBAR Start Button The green start button (1) is used for starting the engine. See Starting Procedure, page 111. The engine will not start if the ID lock system is active. Engine Stop Button/Switch The red engine stop button/switch (2) is used to stop the engine.

  • Page 56: Safety Lanyard & Lock Clip

    Controls & Features LEFT HANDLEBAR Safety Lanyard & Lock Clip The safety lanyard (1) should be worn around the operator’s left wrist. Before starting the engine, insert the lock clip (2) in the engine stop button/switch. If the operator falls overboard or away from the controls, the engine will stop immediately when the lock clip is pulled away from the engine stop button/switch.

  • Page 57: Handlebar

    Controls & Features RIGHT HANDLEBAR Handlebar The handlebar is used to steer your PWC. (Turning the PWC also requires applying some throttle.) Throttle Lever The throttle lever (1) is used to control engine rpm (speed). To go faster, pull the lever (1) throttle lever toward you.

  • Page 58: Reverse Lever

    Controls & Features LEFT SIDE Reverse Lever The reverse lever (1) is used to select reverse operation. Squeeze the trigger (2) and pull the reverse lever toward you to lower the reverse bucket (3) over the jet pump steering nozzle. This reverses the direction of the water thrust.

  • Page 59: Jet Pump Water Intake

    Controls & Features Jet Pump Water Intake Cooling Water Bypass Outlet The jet pump water intake (1) draws water The cooling water bypass outlet (1) is used to into the propulsion system. A grate (2) helps check that water is circulating properly in the to screen out debris.

  • Page 60: Bilge Drain Plugs

    Controls & Features Flushing Connector Bilge Drain Plugs The flushing connector (1) is used for The two bilge drain plugs (1) are used to attaching a garden hose to flush the engine drain water from the engine compartment. cooling system (page 189).

  • Page 61: Jet Pump Steering Nozzle

    Controls & Features Jet Pump Steering Nozzle The jet pump steering nozzle (1) directs the water thrust that propels and turns your PWC. Turning the handlebar (2) turns the nozzle. FRONT / REAR (1) jet pump steering nozzle (2) handlebar Instruments &...

  • Page 62: Bow & Stern Eyelets

    Controls & Features Bow & Stern Eyelets Seat Strap The bow (front) and stern (rear) eyelets are The seat strap (5) may be used to assist used for mooring your PWC or securing it on boarding or may be held by a passenger while its trailer.

  • Page 63: Features

    Controls & Features FRONT (2) bow eyelet Instruments & Controls...

  • Page 64: Boarding Step (arx1200t3dx)

    Controls & Features Boarding Step (ARX1200T3DX) The spring-loaded, pull down boarding step (1) may be used to assist boarding in deep water. The boarding step should not be used for any other purpose. REAR (1) boarding step Instruments & Controls...

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    GPScape System (ARX1200T3DX only) This section explains the GPScape navigation Introduction ......58 system. Instructions for the topics listed on Important Safety Information .

  • Page 66: Introduction

    Introduction Any location on Earth may be descrided by LATITUDE two positioning coordinates. These two coordinates, measured by degrees, minutes, Northern 90° N (North Pole) Hemisphere and seconds, are: • latitude • longitude Latitudes are horizontal circles drawn around 0° latitude the Earth.

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    Introduction LONGITUDE Longitudes, also called meridians, are vertical circles extended from the North Pole to the South Pole. The zero degree longitude, which 0° longitude 180° longitude passes through Greenwich, England, divides (Greenwich, England) (internationl data line) the Earth into the Eastern and Western North Pole hemispheres.

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    Introduction Your PWC GPScape System receives signals careful attention to the water surface you are from the Global Positioning System (GPS), a riding and your good judgment. U.S. government network that orbits the Earth, then uses those signals to calculate If you plan to use nautical charts to aid your your current position as well as the distance navigation, be aware that positions plotted...

  • Page 69: Important Safety Information

    Important Safety Information The GPScape System is designed to provide information to help you reach selected destinations. While this system provides the Using the GPScape System while direction and distance to a destination, you you are riding can take your must use your own observation and good attention away from the water judgment in deciding how to safely reach the...

  • Page 70: System Information

    System Information There are two situations in which the 2nd Situation: When operating in reverse, direction to waypoint indicator (activated because the sensing mechanism only works with speeds of 2 mph or faster) will provide while operating in a forward direction. (The an inaccurate display.

  • Page 71: System Limitations

    System Limitations Your GPScape System uses signals from the Global positioning System operated by the U.S. Department of Defense. For security reasons, certain inaccuracies are built into GPS that your navigation system must constantly compensate for. This can cause occasional positioning errors of up to several hundred feet.

  • Page 72: System Start-up

    System Start-up If your PWC is transported for over 60 miles Position Fix (100km) or if your PWC is not started for at least three months, we recommend that you The GPScape System uses satelite reset your system by following the procedure information to compute your present position on the following page, System Failure to (called a position fix).

  • Page 73: System Failure To Display A Position Fix

    System Start-up 3. Disconnect the negative (–) terminal lead System Failure to Display a Position Fix (2) from the battery (3) and wait one minute. If the receiver does not get a position fix Do not disconnect the positive (+) cable. A within about 8 minutes (flashing antenna spark could ignite fuel vapors that may be mark (1) as shown in the illustration), make...

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    System Start-up 4. Reconnect the negative (–) terminal lead and install in the reverse order of removal. If you can not obtain a position fix after performing this procedure, see your Honda dealer. GPScape System...

  • Page 75: Satellite Status

    Satellite Status The satellite status indicates the amount of information received from GPS satellites in one of three possible categories: Display Status The system is signaling Usable (flashing antenna mark) that your position fix is not available. The system has determined (1) satellite status (signal strength indicator) Navigation latitude and longitude, but is...

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    Satellite Status If the GPS mark (2) and WARNING lamp (3) blinks as shown in the illustration and the warning beeper resounds, see your Honda dealer to check and restore the GPScape System. To stop the warning beeper, press and hold any one of the six control buttons (WP SET, MODE, ID SET, ID No., +, or –) for about 2...

  • Page 77: Gps Mode

    GPS Mode A waypoint is a geographical position You may mark such waypoints as your dock (location) on the surface of the Earth. (launching point), your favorite riding, GPScape allows you to log up to 100 fishing or water sports areas, as well as positions as navigational waypoints.

  • Page 78

    GPS Mode The GPS mode (1) shows the shortest Push the mode select button (3) to switch distance to your selected waypoint. And, between the GPS mode and the other five when your PWC is moving (2 mph or faster), modes: digital clock, tachometer, timemeter, the GPS mode also displays an electronic tripmeter, and hourmeter...

  • Page 79

    GPS Mode GPS mode In any mode other than GPS (compass direction) tripmeter digital clock tachometer hourmeter timemeter GPS mode GPScape System...

  • Page 80: Gps Mode Display

    GPS Mode The GPS mark (5) appears in the display GPS Mode Display while the GPS mode is selected. The signal The GPS mode display (1) includes the strength indicator (6) appears as long as the following functions: GPS signal is active. Digital Readout GPS Function way point...

  • Page 81: Waypoint Number Display

    GPS Mode Waypoint Number Display A waypoint number appears in the display when the GPS mode is selected. You can store up to 100 waypoints, numbered from 0- 99. To mark a waypoint, see page To select a waypoint number (1): •...

  • Page 82: Direction To Waypoint Display

    GPS Mode When your PWC approaches within about 32 Direction to Waypoint Display feet of the waypoint, the direction to The direction to waypoint display (1) uses an waypoint display will change from a electronic arrow to point to your destination – directional arrow to an eight-point star (2) as provided your PWC is moving forward (2 shown in the illustration.

  • Page 83

    GPS Mode If the receiver loses a position fix (because of If the receiver reacquires a position fix, the a large obstacle nearby or overhead), the direction to waypoint display will apper as direction to waypoint display will disappear shown in the illustration. as shown in the illustration and the antenna mark (3) will flash.

  • Page 84: Distance To Waypoint

    GPS Mode Distance to waypoint The distance to waypoint (1) display shows the straight line distance from your present location to the waypoint. The distance range display shows three numerals with a “floating” decimal: Range Display (1) distance to waypoint Less than 10 miles 0.01 –...

  • Page 85: Basic Waypoint Selection

    GPS Mode There are two methods for marking number appears. waypoints. 4. Press and hold the WP SET button (4) for • Basic (to select your current position) about 2 seconds, until the waypoint • Advanced (to input desired destinations) number flashes.

  • Page 86

    GPS Mode 5. Within 5 seconds, to mark your present position, tap (do not hold) the WP SET button. (The waypoint will not be set unless the WP SET button is pressed a second time. Do not hold the WP SET button down.

  • Page 87: Advanced Waypoint Selection

    GPS Mode To input a waypoint value using latitude and Advanced waypoint Selection longitude coordinates: Advanced Latitude & Longitude Entry Sequence - - ° - - ° latitude longitude (degress) (degress) - - ’ - - ’ (minutes) (minutes) (seconds) (seconds) (1) waypoint number (3) minus button...

  • Page 88

    GPS Mode 3. To select a higher waypoint number (1), press and release the plus button (2). To select a lower waypoint number, press and release the minus button (3). To fast scroll, press and hold the plus or minus button until the desired waypoint number appears.

  • Page 89

    GPS Mode 8. To enter the displayed value into the 10.To select and enther the seconds (9) – system, tap (do not hold) the WP SET follow the same procedure used in steps button. The next level in the entry 7-8.

  • Page 90

    GPS Mode 12.To enter the displayed tenths of a second To Correct Input: in the system, tap (do not hold) the WP Push the mode select button (13). This SET button until LON appears above the reverses the sequence so you can back up and WP mark.

  • Page 91: Determining The Coordinates Of Your

    GPS Mode Determining the Coordinates of Your Current Position 1. If your current position is not already marked, mark it (page 77). 2. Press and hold the WP SET button until the display begins blinking. 3. While the display is still blinking, press and hold the WP SET button again until the display shows LAT degrees and minutes.

  • Page 92: Compass Direction Indicator

    Compass Direction Indicator The compass direction indicator (1) shows The compass direction indicator displays 8 the direction of your PWC in any mode – possible directions: provided your PWC is moving (2 mph or faster). North North west South North east Your PWC must be moving to allow GPScape to calculate your present direction East...

  • Page 93

    Compass Direction Indicator If the receiver loses a position fix (because of If the receiver reacquires a position fix, the a large obstacle nearby or overhead), the compass direction indicator (2) will appear as compass direction indicator will disappear as shown in the illustration.

  • Page 94: Automatic Clock Adjustment

    Automatic Clock Adjustment Your PWC digital clock has an automatic adjustment function when the system’s satellite status is 3D Navigation (page 67). The system will adjust the digital clock display after receiving the basic UT (universal time, formerly referred to as Greenwich Mean Time) and then calculating your local time.

  • Page 95: Before Riding

    Are You Ready to Ride? ....88 your passengers and your Honda are all ready Protective Apparel ....88 to ride.

  • Page 96: Are You Ready To Ride

    PWC operator age is, and whether or not you • Know local boating and PWC laws. need proof of training in order to operate a PWC. Honda recommends that operators are Before each ride, be sure: at least 16 years old before operating this •...

  • Page 97

    Are You Ready To Ride? PFDs Additional Riding Gear Any time you board your PWC, you should In addition to a PFD, we also recommend: wear a Coast Guard-approved Type I, II or III • A wetsuit bottom to protect yourself against PFD.

  • Page 98

    Are You Ready To Ride? Helmets You should decide for yourself whether or not A helmet can offer some head protection in a to wear a helmet when riding your PWC. collision or impact, but it can also cause Think about the conditions and environment severe injuries in other situations.

  • Page 99: Operator Training

    Are You Ready To Ride? We urge all riders to take a certified course Operator Training approved by the U.S. Coast Guard or U.S. Developing your riding skills is an on-going Power Squadron, or by your state. For process. Even if you have ridden other boating safety course information in your PWCs, take time to become familiar with area, call your nearest U.S.

  • Page 100: Is Your Pwc Ready To Ride

    Is Your PWC Ready To Ride? Before each ride it’s important to inspect your Pre-ride Inspection PWC and make sure any problem you find is Check the following items before starting the corrected. A pre-ride inspection is a must, not engine: only for safety, but because having a problem on the water can be a major inconvenience.

  • Page 101

    Is Your PWC Ready To Ride? Throttle Bilge Look for water, oil or fuel in Check the freeplay and adjust the engine compartment. if necessary. Pull the throttle Drain, if necessary. lever to make sure it moves smoothly without sticking, Leaks Look for signs of leaking fuel and snaps shut automatically...

  • Page 102

    Is Your PWC Ready To Ride? Loose Parts, Reverse Pull the reverse lever to make Look for anything that Latches System sure it moves smoothly appears unusual. Check that without sticking. Check that all latches (including the seat) the bucket drops over the jet are secure.

  • Page 103

    Is Your PWC Ready To Ride? Check these items which require starting and Engine Oil Check the level and add oil if flushing the engine on shore (see Flushing needed (page 162). Procedure, page 189. If necessary, these procedures may be performed with your Off-throttle Check that the OTS PWC on calm water):...

  • Page 104

    Remember, be sure to take care of any problem you find, or have your Honda PWC dealer correct it before you ride. Before Riding...

  • Page 105: Load Limits & Guidelines

    However, exceeding the weight limit can 524 lbs (238 kg) seriously impair your PWC’s handling and includes the weight of the operator, all stability. Non-Honda accessories, improper passengers, all cargo. modifications, and poor maintenance can also reduce your safety margin.

  • Page 106: Loading Guidelines

    Load Limits & Guidelines Follow these guidelines whenever you carry Loading Guidelines passengers or cargo: Your PWC is primarily intended for • Do not place cargo on the seat, deck, or any transporting you and one or two passengers. where else other than the storage compartment or a glove box.

  • Page 107: Cargo Compartments

    Cargo Compartments FRONT Glove Box The glove box (1) is used for storing the owner’s manual and small, light articles. Don’t store breakable objects in this compartment. To open, turn the knob (2) counterclockwise and raise the glove box lid (3). To close the glove box, lower the glove box lid and turn the knob clockwise.

  • Page 108: Front Storage Compartment

    Cargo Compartments Front Storage Compartment The front storage compartment may be used Storing fuel in the front storage to store safety equipment such as towing compartment can cause a fire or rope, signal flares, or other small articles. explosion that can result in injury or Breakable objects should never be stored in death.

  • Page 109

    Cargo Compartments To open the front storage compartment (1), FRONT pull the hood latch (2) and lift the hood (3). To close the storage compartment, lower the hood. Check that the latch is secure. Cargo in the front storage compartment should not exceed: 22 lbs (10 kg) If the compartment is flooded, remove the...

  • Page 110: Fire Extinguisher Compartment

    Your PWC is not delivered with a fire extinguisher as standard equipment. To obtain a suitable fire extinguisher, consult your Honda PWC dealer, a marine supply store or a fire extinguisher manufacturer in your area. To open the lid (2), turn it counterclockwise until the index mark (3) on the lid aligns with the OPEN position.

  • Page 111: Basic Operation & Riding

    Basic Operation & Riding This section gives basic riding instructions, Safe Riding Precautions ....104 PWC Propulsion ....105 including how to start and stop your engine, Navigation Rules .

  • Page 112: Safe Riding Precautions

    Safe Riding Precautions Before riding your PWC for the first time, please review the PWC Safety section beginning on page 1, and the Before Riding section beginning on page Even if you have ridden other PWCs, take time to become familiar with how your PWC works and handles.

  • Page 113: Pwc Propulsion

    PWC Propulsion Your PWC is water-jet propelled. The engine is connected to a driveshaft that rotates an impeller, located within the jet pump housing underneath the PWC. Water, drawn through the intake grate by the spinning impeller, reaches a venturi in the jet pump steering nozzle, which accelerates its flow to increase thrust.

  • Page 114: Navigation Rules

    Navigation Rules Your PWC is classified as a Class A inboard The information in this section provides the boat. Because of this, you need to know and basic rules. We highly recommend that you obey the rules of the waterway. They’re like get more information about navigation from traffic rules, and establish who has the right your state when you register your personal...

  • Page 115

    Navigation Rules On to the basics: When two boats are on the water, one boat has the right-of-way and is called the “stand-on” vessel; the other boat must yield or give way and is called the “give-way” vessel. In the illustration, you are the larger PWC in the center.

  • Page 116

    Navigation Rules Meeting: If you are approaching another Crossing: If you and another vessel are vessel head-on and are close enough to risk crossing paths close enough to risk collision, collision, neither of you has the right of way. and the other vessel is on your right Both of you should change course to avoid a (starboard), you should yield or stay out of collision.

  • Page 117

    Navigation Rules Overtaking or Passing: If you are passing Non-motorized Vessels: Non-motorized another vessel, you are the give-way vessel. vessels such as sailboats and canoes always The other vessel is expected to maintain its have the right of way except: course and speed.

  • Page 118: Starting & Stopping The Engine

    Starting & Stopping the Engine Always follow the proper starting procedure Preparation described below. Before starting, confirm the following: For your safety, avoid starting or operating • Make sure your PWC is in at least 3 feet (90 the engine in an enclosed area such as a cm) of water that is free of debris and garage.

  • Page 119: Starting Procedure

    Starting & Stopping the Engine 1. Board your PWC, place your feet on the Starting Procedure footboard. Make sure all passengers are on board and no one is behind the PWC. When the engine is running, long hair, PFD straps or loose clothing can be sucked into the intake grate and become entangled in the impeller.

  • Page 120

    Starting & Stopping the Engine 2. Attach the safety lanyard (1) to your left wrist. 3. Insert the lock clip (2) in the engine stop button/switch (3). Be sure the lanyard is not caught or tangled on anything. 4. Punch in your ID number to cancel the ID lock system (page 43), if necessary.

  • Page 121: Flooded Engine

    Starting & Stopping the Engine 6. Immediately after the engine starts, release Flooded Engine the engine start button. The jet pump will be producing thrust and the PWC will If the engine fails to start after repeated move slowly. attempts, it may be flooded with excess fuel. 7.

  • Page 122: How To Stop The Engine

    Starting & Stopping the Engine How to Stop the Engine NOTICE To stop the engine, be sure there is at least 3 Starting or stopping the engine in less than feet (90 cm) of water so that debris or weeds three feet of water can damage the jet pump if can’t be drawn into the water inlet system.

  • Page 123

    Starting & Stopping the Engine Wait until the engine is idling, then press the engine stop button/switch (1). (Once the engine stops, you will have no directional control.) If you are leaving the PWC, activate the ID lock system, remove the lock clip (2) from the engine stop button/switch and take the safety lanyard with you.

  • Page 124: Launching & Boarding Your Pwc

    Launching & Boarding Your PWC How you board your PWC is affected by Launching from a Ramp water depth and whether or not you plan to carry a passenger or two. Once you (and any 1. Complete the pre-ride inspection (page passengers) are on board, check that your 92).

  • Page 125: Boarding From A Dock

    Launching & Boarding Your PWC Boarding from a Dock 1. Place one foot on the footboard nearest the dock. 2. Hold the handlebar. 3. Transfer your weight to balance the PWC as you place your other foot on the footboard. 4.

  • Page 126: Boarding In Shallow Water

    Launching & Boarding Your PWC 2. Board from the rear. Balance your PWC as Boarding in Shallow Water you climb aboard. 1. Make sure the engine is off and your PWC is in at least 3 feet (90 cm) of water. NOTICE Starting or stopping the engine in less than three feet of water can damage the jet pump if...

  • Page 127: Boarding In Deep Water

    Launching & Boarding Your PWC (ARX1200T3DX) Boarding in Deep Water Practice in shallow water before attempting to board in deeper water. Make sure the engine is off. (ARX1200T3/N3) 1. Move to the rear of the PWC. The boarding step is intended only for boarding the PWC in water.

  • Page 128

    Launching & Boarding Your PWC 4. Bring your other knee onto the rear deck. 7. Place your feet on the footboards. 5. Move forward, being careful to balance 8. Sit on the seat. your PWC. 6. When possible, grasp the handlebar for support.

  • Page 129: Boarding With Passengers

    Launching & Boarding Your PWC 2. The passengers should hold the PWC to Boarding with Passengers steady it as the operator grasps the grab rail For more information on riding with to climb on. passengers, see page 131. 3. The operator should get in position on the seat, but not start the engine.

  • Page 130

    Launching & Boarding Your PWC 5. The operator should slide forward to give 8. Both the operator and the passenger should the passenger more space. concentrate on balancing the PWC as the 6. (ARX1200T3DX) next passenger boards. The spring-loaded, pull down boarding step 9.

  • Page 131: Your First Ride

    Your First Ride Check your path is clear of other boats, Try turning gradually. Pay attention to the swimmers, or other obstacles in the water. connection between throttle input and the use of the handlebar. Remember, steering with the We recommend use of the limit mode until handlebar will not turn the PWC unless you the PWC operator is familiar with operating are applying some throttle.

  • Page 132: Turning

    Turning Turning your PWC requires two actions: Your PWC will not turn if you are not • Turning the handlebar (in the direction you applying some throttle. Jet thrust is necessary want to go). to change your direction. • Using the throttle lever (to maintain thrust). throttle OFF throttle ON Before turning, always check to make sure...

  • Page 133

    Turning Your PWC requires thrust to turn, so you must pull on the throttle lever while you turn the handlebar. The more you pull on the throttle lever, the more thrust your PWC will have and the sharper your turns will be. To turn at higher speeds, you should first reduce speed by gently releasing the throttle a little.

  • Page 134: Off-throttle Steering (ots)

    Turning Off-Throttle Steering (OTS) Your PWC is equipped with an Off- Throttle Steering (OTS) System. At cruising speeds and faster, your PWC’s OTS will activate if you let go of the throttle and turn the handlebar all the way to the left or right. OTS will provide some turning thrust but you can turn sharper if you apply the throttle.

  • Page 135: Reverse Operation

    Reverse Operation Before selecting reverse, look around and behind you, and slow your PWC to idle speed. Shifting to reverse at higher forward speeds may cause abrupt deceleration. You and your passengers could be thrown forward or off of the personal watercraft and be seriously injured.

  • Page 136

    Reverse Operation 1. Squeeze the trigger and pull the reverse lever toward you. This drops the reverse bucket over the jet pump steering nozzle, diverting the thrust forward to push the PWC backward (page 50). 2. Turn the handlebar opposite the direction you want.

  • Page 137: Stopping/docking/beaching

    Stopping/Docking/Beaching Your PWC has no brakes. Please keep this in mind whenever you are planning to stop. The drag of the water will slow it to a stop after the throttle is closed. Running at full speed, your PWC may require up to 130 yards (120 m) to stop after the throttle is released.

  • Page 138

    Stopping/Docking/Beaching Stop Your PWC • Push the engine stop button or pull the lock • Check that there are no other boats, clip and moor your PWC to the dock swimmers, or obstacles in your path. securely. • Slow the PWC by releasing the throttle lever as you approach the stopping area.

  • Page 139: Riding With Passengers Or Cargo

    Riding with Passengers or Cargo Your PWC is designed to carry you and up to Tell your passengers to hold on firmly to the two passengers. Whenever you add person in front of them or the seat strap, lean passengers or cargo, you must be careful not with you in the turns, and keep their feet on to exceed the total load limits (Load Limits, the footboards at all times, even when the...

  • Page 140: Towing A Water Skier

    Towing a Water Skier Your PWC can be used to tow a single water skier. If you will be towing a skier, you must also have a passenger onboard to act as a Towing a skier, another personal spotter (1) to communicate between the skier watercraft, or other heavy items (2) and the operator (3).

  • Page 141

    Towing a Water Skier Consider the following recommendations when you use your PWC for water skiing. • Store the water skiing tow rope and ‘‘skier down” flag in the front storage compartment. Both are commercially available at marine shops. • Before launching, the operator, spotter and skier get familiar with each other’s duties and skill levels and decide on signals for speed and direction.

  • Page 142: Post-ride Maintenance

    Post-ride Maintenance After you finish riding your PWC, always NOTICE perform post-ride maintenance to keep your PWC in good operating condition. Operating the engine out of water at high rpm or for longer than 15 seconds at a time 1. Remove your PWC from the water. may cause severe engine and/or exhaust 2.

  • Page 143

    For system is cool, then spray a water- prolonged storage, refer to Storing Your displacement corrosion-proof lubricant Honda on page 208. (without Teflon or molybdenum additives, such as CRC 6-56 or equivalent) on the engine, electrical wiring and jet pump assembly.

  • Page 144

    Basic Operation & Riding...

  • Page 145: Servicing Your Honda

    “certified” to EPA standards. maintenance tasks. You’ll also find important safety precautions, Before You Service Your Honda information on fuels and oils, and tips for The Importance of Maintenance ..140 keeping your Honda looking great.

  • Page 146: Service Procedures Fluids, Filters & Lubricants

    Servicing Your Honda Service Preparations Hull Component Locations ....148 Bilge Drain System ....192 Tool Kit .

  • Page 147

    Servicing Your Honda The following table summarizes the three types of inspections and servicing recommendations for your PWC. Both the pre-ride inspection and the scheduled maintenance at the recommended intervals are necessary to assure safe and dependable performance. * unless you have the proper tools and service data and are mechanically qualified...

  • Page 148: The Importance Of Maintenance

    Maintenance Schedule in this section. If your PWC submerges or is involved in a crash, be sure your Honda PWC dealer inspects all major parts, even if you are able to make some repairs. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 149: Maintenance Safety

    Some of the most important safety precautions follow. However, we cannot warn you of every conceivable hazard that can arise in performing maintenance. Only you can decide whether or not you should perform a given task. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 150: Important Safety Precautions

    To ensure the best cool before touching. quality and reliability, use only new genuine Honda parts or their equivalents for repair Injury from moving parts. Do not run the and replacement. If you have the tools and engine unless instructed to do so.

  • Page 151: Maintenance Schedule

    We control. recommend that you have your Honda PWC dealer perform these tasks unless you have The service intervals in this Maintenance advanced mechanical skills and the required Schedule are based on average riding tools and equipment.

  • Page 152

    Honda parts PWC dealer. or their equivalents for repair or replacement to ensure the best quality and reliability. * Should be serviced by your Honda PWC dealer, unless you have the proper tools Perform the pre-ride inspection (page...

  • Page 153

    ** In the interest of safety, we recommend these items be serviced only by your Honda PWC dealer. NOTE: • Some items will need more frequent service if you ride in salt water or at full throttle. Consult your Honda PWC dealer for recommendations applicable to your individual needs and use.

  • Page 154

    Maintenance Schedule Should be serviced by your Honda PWC dealer, unless you have the proper tools and service data and are mechanically qualified. Refer to the official Honda Service Manual (page 258). ** In the interest of safety, we recommend these items be serviced only by your Honda PWC dealer.

  • Page 155: Maintenance Record

    10 hours initial maintenance, is considered a normal owner operating cost and will be charged for by your dealer. Use the space under Notes to record anything you want to remind yourself about or mention to your dealer. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 156: Component Locations

    Component Locations fuel tank throttle front seat rear seat tool kit compartment fuel fill cap handlebar reverse lever owner’s manual storage bag Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 157

    Component Locations air box drain tube bilge strainer fuse box oil filter oil filler cap/dipstick spark plugs (FRONT) (REAR) air filter throttle adjuster maintenance oil drain battery joint pipe cap Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 158

    Component Locations reverse bucket flushing connector bilge drain plugs Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 159: Tool Kit

    • 5 mm hex wrench the tools contained in the kit. • standard/Phillips screwdriver • screwdriver handle UNDER REAR SEAT • pliers • spark plug wrench • tool bag • water resistant bag (1) tool kit (2) tool kit compartment Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 160: Owner's Manual Storage

    (and other documents) in the plastic storage bag (1) in the glove box (2) (page 99). Be careful not to flood this area when washing your PWC. (1) owner’s manual storage bag (2) glove box Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 161: Seat Removal

    (3) front seat latch (5) front seat prong (4) front seat (1) rear seat latch (6) rear seat prongs 3. Release the front seat latch (3). (2) rear seat 4. Pull the front seat (4) back and up. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 162

    1. Position the front seat prong (5) and press on the front seat until the latch closes. 2. Position the rear seat prongs (6) and press on the rear seat until the latch closes. 3. Make sure to tighten the latches securely. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 163: Fuel

    Avoid getting dirt, dust, or water in the fuel plug deposits and extends exhaust system tank. life. Your engine is designed to use gasoline that has a pump octane number of 91 or higher. Gasoline pumps at service stations normally display the pump octane number. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 164

    WARNING lamp flash and the beeper sounds. (1) front hood (3) fuel fill cap (2) front storage box 1. Pull on the front hood latch and lift the front hood (1). Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 165

    You can be burned or seriously injured when handling fuel. • Stop the engine and keep heat, sparks and flame away. • Handle fuel only outdoors. • Wipe up spills immediately. (4) filler tube neck (5) hole Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 166: Engine Oil & Filter

    Therefore, the oil level in the oil tank does not lower immediately after warming up and stopping the engine. The oil in the oil tank moves toward the engine body (crankcase). Oil level with the engine stopped right after warming up. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 167

    Changing oil helps get rid of dirt and deposits in the engine. Operating the engine with old or dirty oil can damage your engine. Running the engine with insufficient oil can cause serious damage to the engine. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 168

    SAE 10W-40 (weight) JASO T 903 MA or MB standard suggested oil Pro Honda GN4,HP4 (without molybdenum additives), or HP4M (with NOT RECOMMENDED molybdenum additives) 4-stroke oil, or an equivalent motorcycle oil. Suggested oils are equal in performance to SJ oils that are not labeled as energy conserving on the circular API service label.

  • Page 169

    Oil conforming to the standard has the following classification on the oil container. PRODUCT MEETING JASO T 903 COMPANY GUARANTEEING THIS MA PERFORMANCE: (1) code number of the sales company of the oil (2) indication of classification of oil Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 170

    (page 227). 2. Remove the oil filler cap/dipstick (1) and wipe it clean. 3. Insert the oil filler cap/dipstick until it seats, but do not screw it in. (2) oil drain pipe cap (3) oil drain pipe Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 171

    10°C (50°F), let it 8. Reinstall the oil filler cap/dipstick. Make idle for an additional 5 minutes (a total of sure the cap is tightened securely. 10 minutes). (cont’d) Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 172

    4. Stop the engine and wait a few minutes. 4. Stop the engine and get off your PWC. 5. Remove both seats (page 153). 5. Remove both seats (page 153). This procedure continues with Step 6 on page 165. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 173

    (Do not overfill.) Wipe up any spilled oil immediately. (5) oil filler cap/dipstick 9. Reinstall the oil filler cap/dipstick. (6) upper level mark (7) lower level mark 10.Check for oil leaks. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 174

    Your PWC’s oil filter has very specific your Honda PWC dealer. performance requirements. Use a new genuine Honda oil filter or a filter of equal quality specified for your model. NOTICE Using the wrong oil filter may result in leaks or premature engine damage.

  • Page 175

    3. Using a commercially-available fluid evacuator, drain the oil from the oil filler cap hole (3) and the oil drain pipe (4). (1) oil filler cap/dipstick (3) oil filler cap hole (2) oil drain pipe cap (4) oil drain pipe (cont’d) Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 176

    (page 214). 6. Pour the drained oil into a suitable container and dispose of it in an approved manner (page 214). NOTICE Improper disposal of drained fluids is (5) oil filter harmful to the environment. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 177

    4.2 US qt (4.0R) 9. Using an oil filter wrench attachment and a torque wrench, tighten the new oil filter to the specified torque: · · · 20 lbf ft (26 N m, 2.7 kgf (cont’d) Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 178

    15. Stop the engine. could cause severe damage. 16. Check that the oil level is at the upper level mark on the oil filler cap/dipstick (page 162). 17. Check that there are no oil leaks. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 179: Air Filter

    Service the air filter more frequently if you repairs, low engine power, poor gas mileage, ride in salt water or at full throttle. Your and spark plug fouling. Honda PWC dealer can help you determine the correct service interval for your riding NOTICE conditions.

  • Page 180

    5. Discard the air filter. 6. Install a new air filter. 7. Install the removed parts in reverse order of removal. 8. Make sure the air box cover is completely latched. (1) springs (2) air box cover (3) air filter Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 181

    6. Install a new air filter. 7. Install the removed parts in reverse order of removal. 8. Make sure the air box cover is completely latched. (1) springs (4) filter holder rods (2) air box cover (3) air filter Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 182: Lubrication

    Provide lubrication when moving parts do not RIGHT HANDLEBAR work smoothly. Also lubricate as per the maintenance schedule (page 145). Consult your Honda PWC dealer for more information about lubrication procedures. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 183

    Lubrication ENGINE COMPARTMENT ENGINE COMPARTMENT (1) maintenance joint (2) joint hole A (3) joint hole B Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 184

    4. Spray the lubricant into joint hole A (2) for 3 seconds. 5. Operate the throttle lever slowly, from fully ON to fully OFF, 3 times. 6. Repeat steps 2-5 again. 7. Perform the same lubrication procedure for joint hole B (3). Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 185

    Lubricate the steering cable, cable ball joint, Lubricate the steering nozzle and reverse shift cable ball joint and shift guide roller as bucket pivots as shown in the following shown in the following illustrations. illustration. ABOVE FUEL TANK REAR REAR Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 186

    Lubrication Lubricate the steering pivot shaft as shown in the following illustrations. • To remove the handle cover, remove the six screws (1) and two clips (2). HANDLEBAR PIVOT SHAFT (1) screws (2) clips Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 187

    (especially the illustration. wastegate link) as shown in the following • To remove the boarding step cover (1), illustration after confirming the engine is remove the clip (2). cool. REAR ENGINE COMPARTMENT (1) boarding step cover (2) clip Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 188: Throttle

    Throttle Inspection Throttle Freeplay Check freeplay at the throttle lever (1). Refer to Safety Precautions on page 142. Freeplay: 1/8–3/16 in (3–5 mm) RIGHT HANDLEBAR If necessary, adjust to the specified range. (1) throttle lever Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 189

    3. Turn the adjuster (3). 4. After adjustment, check for smooth operation of the throttle lever from fully ON to fully OFF in all steering positions. 5. Reinstall the sleeve. (2) sleeve (3) adjuster (4) lock nut Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 190

    2. Check for smooth operation of the throttle lever from fully ON to fully OFF in all steering positions. If there is a problem, see your Honda PWC dealer. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 191: Engine Idle Speed

    The engine must be at normal operating temperature and your PWC must be in the water for accurate idle speed adjustment. If the idle speed differs from the following value, see your Honda PWC dealer. Idle speed: 1,200 ± 100 rpm Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 192: Spark Plugs

    To prevent damaging the iridium coating of the center electrode, never use a “leaf-type feeler gauge.” NOTICE Using spark plugs with an improper heat range can cause engine damage. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 193

    Refer to Safety Precautions on page 142. 1. Remove both seats (page 153). 2. Disconnect the ignition connectors (1) and remove the bolts (2). NOTICE Getting the ignition connectors wet can damage the ignition system. (1) ignition connectors (2) bolts (cont’d) Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 194

    3. Remove the ignition coils (3) from the 4. Using the spark plug wrench (4) provided spark plugs. in the tool kit, remove the spark plugs. ENGINE COMPARTMENT ENGINE COMPARTMENT (3) ignition coils (4) spark plug wrench Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 195

    9. Reinstall the ignition coils and bolts, and replace the plug with a new one. connect the ignition connectors. 7. With the plug washers attached, thread the 10. Install both seats. spark plugs in by hand to prevent cross- threading. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 196: Engine Cooling System

    You may also use the flushing procedure to provide engine cooling when you are running the engine out of the water for maintenance purposes. The flushing connector is located in the jet nozzle cavity (page 189) at the rear of your PWC. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 197

    Check that the stern is lower than the bow. 1. Pull the reverse lever to lower the reverse (1) garden hose (3) hose adapter bucket (page 50). (2) flushing connector (cont’d) Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 198

    NOTICE outlet, turn off the water and the engine. Start the engine before turning on the water Contact your Honda PWC dealer. to prevent flow through the exhaust pipe back 6. Let the engine idle for about 10 minutes into the engine where it could cause severe while continuing the water flow.

  • Page 199

    15 seconds at a time may cause severe engine and/or exhaust system damage. 9. Stop the engine. 10. Disconnect the garden hose from the flushing connector. 11. Push the reverse lever to pull up the reverse bucket. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 200: Bilge Drain System

    Be sure to remove the lock clip from the engine stop button/switch. 1. Remove both seats (page 153) and the rear tray (page 227) to access the engine compartment. 2. Push out the bilge strainer (1) while sliding (1) bilge strainer Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 201

    7. Install the bilge strainer. pump. If the bilge strainer or other parts of the bilge drain system are clogged or damaged, replace as necessary. See your Honda PWC dealer. 5. Remove the bilge drain plugs to drain the engine compartment (page 52).

  • Page 202: Off-throttle Steering System

    1. Insert the lock clip in the engine stop switch to turn on the display. 2. Switch the multi-function meter (1) to the tachometer mode by pushing the MODE button (2). 3. Perform the flushing procedure (page 189). (ARX1200T3/N3) (1) multi-function meter (2) MODE button Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 203

    6. With the handlebar turned, check that the left and right segments (3) alternate rapid flashing as illustrated, and the engine is reving up. (ARX1200T3/N3) (3) segments Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 204: Battery

    If your battery seems weak and/or is leaking is removed. electrolyte (causing slow starting or other electrical problems), see your Honda PWC dealer. WARNING: Battery posts, terminals and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds.

  • Page 205

    30 days (see Battery Charging, page 199) . Before you remove the battery for the first time, be sure to read all the information that follows. After removing the battery, be sure to read the information on the battery label. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 206

    4. Release the rings and remove the rubber bands (1) . (1) rubber bands (2) negative (–) terminal lead (black) 5. Pull the battery (4) out of the battery tray. (3) positive (+) terminal lead (red) (4) battery Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 207

    13. Slow charge the battery (see following instructions on the battery. Improper charging section) once every 30 days. may damage the battery. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 208

    However, do not intentionally leave the charger connected longer than the time period recommended in the charger's instructions. Avoid using an automotive-type battery charger. An automotive charger can overheat a PWC battery and cause permanent damage. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 209: Appearance Care

    • To clean your PWC, you may use: service. – mild, neutral detergent and fresh water. – marine boat wax (for use on fiberglass gelcoat) Periodically, the engine compartment should be cleaned by your Honda PWC dealer to remove fuel/oil/electrolyte deposits and mildew. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 210

    PWC or automobiles. 3. Rinse the engine and the engine compartment with fresh water. Dry with clean rags and spray a water-displacement corrosion-proof lubricant (without Teflon or molybdenum additives, such as CRC 6-56 or equivalent) on the engine. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 211

    6. Dry your PWC with a chamois or a soft towel. Leaving water on the surface to air If the fiberglass is damaged, see your Honda dry can cause dulling and water spots. As PWC dealer. you dry, inspect for chips and scratches.

  • Page 212

    Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 213: Tips

    Tips Here's a few helpful tips on how to store and Storing Your Honda ....206 transport your Honda, and how to be an Transporting Your PWC .

  • Page 214: Storing Your Honda

    • Stop the engine and keep heat, storage. sparks and flame away. • Handle fuel only outdoors. We recommend that the following storage • Wipe up spills immediately. procedures be performed by your Honda PWC dealer. Tips...

  • Page 215

    • Prepare approx. 5 liters of a 50/50 51.2 inches solution of antifreeze (Use Pro Honda HP (130 cm) coolant or an equivalent). • Following the flushing procedures for the...

  • Page 216

    Storing Your Honda 4. To prevent rusting the inlet valves, proceed NOTICE as follows after confirming the engine is cool. Avoid running the engine without water flow • Remove both seats (page 153). for more than 15 seconds to prevent severe •...

  • Page 217

    Storing Your Honda 5. To prevent rusting in the cylinders, perform 6. Spray a water-displacement corrosion- the following: proof lubricant (without Teflon or • Disconnect the ignition coil connectors molybdenum additives, such as CRC 6-56 and ignition coils from the spark plugs.

  • Page 218

    Storing Your Honda 8. Rinse the outside of the engine. Dry with a 14.After the engine compartment is dry, soft clean cloth and spray with a water- reinstall both seats (page 154). displacement corrosion-proof lubricant 15.Keep your PWC as level as possible and (without Teflon or molybdenum additives, cover it with a porous material.

  • Page 219

    Storing Your Honda Removal from Storage Refer to Safety Precautions on page 142. Starting the engine without ventilating the engine compartment 1. Uncover and clean your PWC. can cause a fire or explosion and 2. If your PWC has been stored for more than you or others could be seriously four months –...

  • Page 220

    Storing Your Honda 7. Perform the engine flushing procedure (page 189). 8. Check all hoses for cracking, and looseness. • Continue flushing until the antifreeze solution stops coming out. • Use containers to collect the solution and dispose of it in an approved...

  • Page 221: Transporting Your Pwc

    Transporting Your PWC Your PWC should be carried on a trailer designed for its hull design and weight. Check that the trailer meets all local regulations. Before transporting your PWC, make sure all compartments, covers, and both seats are secure and the reverse bucket is up. Use tie downs on the bow and stern eyelets to secure your PWC to the trailer.

  • Page 222: You & The Environment

    You & The Environment Owning and riding a PWC can be enjoyable, • Refuel Carefully. If you pump gasoline at a but you must do your part to protect nature. dock, take care not to spill any. Gasoline in When you show respect for the waterways, the water can poison wildlife and people.

  • Page 223

    You & The Environment • Recycle Wastes. It's illegal and thoughtless to put used engine oil in the trash, down a drain, or on the ground. Used oil, gasoline, coolant, and cleaning solvents contain poisons that can hurt refuse workers and contaminate our drinking water, lakes, rivers, and oceans.

  • Page 224

    Tips...

  • Page 225: Taking Care Of The Unexpected

    Taking Care of the Unexpected This section discusses the more common General Guidelines ....218 problems that can occur with your PWC If Your Engine Quits or Won't Start ..219 while you're riding.

  • Page 226: General Guidelines

    Taking Care of the Unexpected Should you ever have a problem while riding, General Guidelines please follow these guidelines: • Always put personal safety first – head back Keeping your PWC well-maintained is the to land. best way to reduce the possibility of having a •...

  • Page 227: If Your Engine Quits Or Won't Start

    If you have a problem starting the engine – or start symptom. experience poor engine performance – the following information may help you. If you can't correct the problem, see your Honda PWC dealer. While some checks and procedures can be performed on the water, most require returning to land.

  • Page 228

    113) . loose or unconnected ignition coil Install the ignition coil connectors and ignition coils securely. If connectors and ignition coils the engine still won't start, see your Honda PWC dealer. loose battery cables Tighten the battery terminal bolts. weak battery...

  • Page 229

    SYMPTOM: Engine starts, but runs poorly. POSSIBLE CAUSE WHAT TO DO idles roughly, too fast, stalls See your Honda PWC dealer. overheating Check the cooling water bypass outlet. If water is not flowing, shut off the engine. Refer to If Your Engine Overheats, page 222.

  • Page 230: If Your Engine Overheats

    If Your Engine Overheats If your engine overheats, the multi-function If the engine cooling water temperature display will show a warning message, the reaches a certain level, engine revs are engine cooling water temperature indicator automatically limited to 3,000 rpm to prevent and the WARNING lamp will flash, and you damage.

  • Page 231

    PWC (under 3,000 rpm). Monitor the engine cooling water temperature indicator. If the engine still overheats, shut off the engine. Transport your PWC to a Honda PWC dealer (page 213). NOTICE Continuing to ride with an overheated engine can cause serious engine damage.

  • Page 232: If The Low Oil Pressure Indicator Lights

    If the Low Oil Pressure Indicator Lights If you check your engine oil level regularly, If the oil pressure drops below a certain level, you should never see the low oil pressure engine revs are automatically limited to 3,000 indicator while riding. rpm.

  • Page 233

    If the indicator goes off and there is no leak — resume riding. If there is a leak — do not ride the PWC until the leak is repaired by a Honda PWC dealer. NOTICE Continuing to ride with low oil pressure can cause serious engine damage.

  • Page 234: If A Fuse Blows

    If a Fuse Blows All of the electrical circuits on your PWC Recommended Fuses have fuses to protect them from damage caused by excess current flow (short circuit main fuse 30 A or overload) . other fuses 5 A, 7.5 A If something electrical on your PWC stops To prevent an accidental short circuit, remove working, the first thing you should check for...

  • Page 235

    If a Fuse Blows Main Fuse Access: REAR 1. To access the main fuse (1), remove the rear seat (page 153) and rear tray (2) to access the engine compartment. 2. Remove the fuse box cover (3). ENGINE COMPARTMENT (2) rear tray 3.

  • Page 236

    If a Fuse Blows Circuit Fuse Access: ENGINE COMPARTMENT 4. To check or replace a circuit fuse, pull the old fuse out of its retaining clips. Look for a burned wire inside the fuse. If the fuse is blown (4), replace it with a spare fuse (6) of the same rating or lower.

  • Page 237

    If the replacement fuse of the same rating burns out in a short time, there is probably a serious electrical problem on your PWC. Leave the blown fuse in that circuit and have your PWC checked by your Honda PWC dealer. Taking Care of the Unexpected...

  • Page 238: If You Have A Collision

    PWC person or vehicle is involved in the accident. thoroughly checked by a Honda PWC dealer as soon as possible. If you decide it is possible to ride safely, carefully inspect your PWC for damage and determine if it is safe to ride.

  • Page 239: If Your Pwc Must Be Towed

    If Your PWC Must Be Towed If you run out of fuel, have engine problems, NOTICE or have collision damage, you can attach a tow line to the bow eyelet so your PWC may Towing your personal watercraft at speeds be towed to shore.

  • Page 240: If You Capsize

    If You Capsize Your PWC is designed to resist capsizing. 1. Make sure the engine is off. If the lock clip However, if your PWC does turn over, it will is still in the engine stop button/switch, remain capsized until you right it again. remove it.

  • Page 241

    4. Make sure the area is clear of people and water from the engine compartment, then passengers, then grab the intake grate (2) take your PWC to your Honda PWC with both hands and pull the PWC over dealer. toward you while pushing down on the side –...

  • Page 242: If Your Pwc Is Submerged

    Reconnect the ignition coil connectors and 6. Disconnect the injector connectors. the injector connectors. 7. Open the throttle fully. Take your PWC to your Honda PWC dealer as soon as possible. Taking Care of the Unexpected...

  • Page 243

    If Your PWC Is Submerged Letting your PWC sit overnight with water in the engine, especially with more corrosive salt water, may cause severe engine damage. If a Honda PWC dealer is not available: 1. Change the engine oil and filter (page 167).

  • Page 244: If The Intake Or Propulsion System Is Clogged

    If the Intake or Propulsion System Is Clogged If riding over water heavy with weeds is Before attempting to clean the intake/ unavoidable, vary throttle input to reduce the propulsion system, always remove the lock chances of clogging the intake system. clip from the engine stop button/switch to prevent accidental engine starting.

  • Page 245

    If the Intake or Propulsion System Is Clogged 6. Check and, if necessary, clean all Cleaning the Intake/Propulsion components (intake grate, driveshaft, System on the Shore impeller, jet pump steering nozzle) of the water intake/propulsion system. 1. After shutting the engine off, remove your 7.

  • Page 246: If Your Battery Is Low (or Dead)

    PWC's electrical system. Do not charge the battery while it is installed in the PWC. If you can't charge the battery or it appears unable to hold a charge, contact your Honda PWC dealer. Taking Care of the Unexpected...

  • Page 247: Technical Information

    Technical Information This section contains dimensions, capacities, Vehicle Identification ....240 and other technical data, plus information on Specifications ..... .243 government requirements and how to break- Break-in Guidelines .

  • Page 248: Vehicle Identification

    Vehicle Identification The registration (or primary) identification Serial Numbers number (1) is located on both sides of the PWC. The registration (or primary) identification number, hull identification number (HIN) , and engine number are required when you LEFT AND RIGHT SIDE register your PWC.

  • Page 249

    Vehicle Identification The hull identification number (HIN) (2) is The engine number (3) is stamped on the top located on the hull at the rear of the PWC. of the oil tank. REAR UNDER FRONT SEAT (2) hull identification number (HIN) (3) engine number Technical Information...

  • Page 250

    Vehicle Identification Color Label & Code The color label (4) is attached behind the front hood. The color code is helpful when ordering replacement parts. You may record the color and code in the Quick Reference section at the rear of this manual. BEHIND FRONT HOOD (4) color label Technical Information...

  • Page 251: Specifications

    Specifications Dimensions overall length 126.0 in (3,200 mm) overall width 49.0 in (1,245 mm) overall height 41.7 in (1,060 mm) Weight dry weight ARX1200T3DX : 796 lbs (361 kg) ARX1200T3 : 791 lbs (359 kg) ARX1200N3 : 745 lbs (338 kg) Fuel &...

  • Page 252

    API service label. SAE 10W-40 JASO 4T Standard MA or MB Pro Honda GN4, HP4 or HP4M 4-stroke oil or an equivalent motorcycle oil lubricant Water-displacement corrosion-proof lubricant (without Teflon or molybdenum additives, such as CRC 6-56 or equivalent)

  • Page 253

    Specifications Engine engine type four-stroke displacement 75.3 cu-in (1,235 cm bore & stroke 3.11 x 2.48 in (79.0 x 63.0 mm) spark plug IMR9D-9H valve clearance (cold) intake : 0.006 in (0.16 mm) exhaust : 0.01 in (0.26 mm) spark plug gap 0.031 –...

  • Page 254

    Specifications Propulsion System jet pump type Axial flow, single stage 3 feet (90 cm) minimum level for jet pump operation impeller 3-blade stainless steel Hull hull material fiberglass reinforced plastic Electrical battery 12 V-18 AH generator 0.31 kW/5,000 rpm Fuses main 30 A other fuses...

  • Page 255: Break-in Guidelines

    Break-in Guidelines Help assure your PWC’s future reliability and During the remainder of the first full fuel performance by paying extra attention to how tank: you ride during the first tank full of fuel. • Vary the operating speed often, do not continue running for a long time at any one During the first 5 minutes: speed.

  • Page 256: Emission Control Systems

    The following instructions and procedures must be followed in order to keep the emissions from your Honda engine within the emission standards. Technical Information...

  • Page 257

    Carbon monoxide does not react in the same way, but it is toxic. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. utilizes various systems to reduce carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen, and hydrocarbons. (1) vehicle emission control information label...

  • Page 258

    If you are aware of any of the following going into the engine. It then controls how symptoms, have the vehicle inspected and much fuel to inject under all operating repaired by your authorized Honda PWC conditions. dealer. Ignition Timing Control System...

  • Page 259: Star Label

    Star Label A star label was applied to this PWC in accordance with the requirements of the California Air Resources Board. The Star Label means Cleaner Marine Engines This engine has been certified as a: The Symbol for Cleaner Marine Engines: Cleaner Air and Water - for healthier lifestyle and environment.

  • Page 260

    Star Label One Star Two Stars Low Emission Very Low Emission The one-star label identifies engines that meet The two-star label identifies engines that the Air Resources Board’s Personal meet the Air Resources Board’s Personal Watercraft and Outboard marine engine 2001 Watercraft and Outboard marine engine 2004 exhaust emission standards.

  • Page 261

    Star Label Four Stars Super Ultra Low Emission Three Stars The four-star label identifies engines that meet the Ultra Low Emission Air Resources Board’s Sterndrive and Inboard The three-star label identifies engines that marine engine 2009 exhaust emission standards. meet the Air Resources Board’s Personal Personal Watercraft and Outboard marine engines Watercraft and Outboard marine engine 2008 may also comply with these standards.

  • Page 262: Oxygenated Fuels

    Oxygenated Fuels Some conventional gasolines are being The following are the EPA-approved blended with alcohol or an ether compound. percentages of oxygenates: These gasolines are collectively referred to as oxygenated fuels. To meet clean air ETHANOL (ethyl or grain alcohol) 10% by standards, some areas of United States and Volume Canada use oxygenated fuels to help reduce...

  • Page 263

    Oxygenated Fuels METHANOL (methyl or wood alcohol) 5% Fuel system damage or performance by Volume problems resulting from the use of an You may use gasoline containing methanol oxygenated fuel containing more than the containing up to 5% methanol by volume as percentages of oxygenates mentioned above long as it also contains cosolvents and are not covered under warranty.

  • Page 264

    Technical Information...

  • Page 265: Consumer Information

    Warranty Service ....262 Contacting Honda ....263 Your Honda PWC Dealer .

  • Page 266: Authorized Manuals

    Service Manual. Also available, but not necessary, to service your PWC is the Honda Common Service Manual, which explains theory of operation and basic service information for various systems on this PWC.

  • Page 267

    By completing this form you can order the materials desired. You can pay by check or money order, or charge to your credit card. Mail to Helm, Inc. at the address shown on the back of this order form. Canada: See your Honda PWC dealer to order authorized manuals. Publication item No. Item Description Qty.

  • Page 268

    Authorized Manuals NOTE: Dealers and Companies please provide dealer or company name, and also the name of the person to whose attention the shipment should be sent. Customer Name Attention Street Address - No P.O. Box Number Apartment Number City State Zip Code Daytime Telephone Number (...

  • Page 269: Warranty Coverage

    Honda Protection Plan. Please read the Warranties Booklet given to For more information, see your Honda PWC you by your Honda PWC dealer at the time of dealer. purchase. Be sure to keep your Honda owner's card with your Warranties Booklet.

  • Page 270: Warranty Service

    Additionally, your to talk to the service manager of your Honda warranty does not apply to the normal wear PWC dealer.

  • Page 271: Contacting Honda

    • dealer name and address differences at the dealership level. We will likely ask your Honda PWC dealer to If you wish to comment on your experiences respond, or possibly acknowledge your with your Honda or with your Honda PWC comments directly.

  • Page 272: Your Honda Pwc Dealer

    The parts department offers Genuine Honda parts, Pro Honda products, Honda Genuine accessories. The same quality that went into your Honda can be found in Genuine Honda replacement parts. You'll also find comparable quality in the accessories and products available from the parts department.

  • Page 273: The Honda Rider's Club (usa Only)

    ATV or PWC from a participating owners. U.S. Honda dealer entitles you to a • One full year of the Honda Red Rider complimentary one-year membership in the magazine or Honda Red Rider ATV (for Club. There are hundreds of HRCA Chapter ATV purchasers).

  • Page 274: Reporting Safety Defects

    However the U.S.C.G. cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your Honda PWC dealer, or American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Consumer Information...

  • Page 275

    Consumer Information...

  • Page 276: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents The following presents the contents of each Digital Clock (ARX1200T3/N3) ..37 section of your owner's manual. Controls & Features ....39 ID Lock System .

  • Page 277: Manual

    Table of Contents GPScape SYSTEM (ARX1200T3DX only) BEFORE RIDING ....87 ........57 Are You Ready to Ride? .

  • Page 278: Manual

    PWC Propulsion ....105 SERVICING YOUR HONDA ..137 Navigation Rules ....106 Before You Service Your Honda Starting &...

  • Page 279: Manual

    Specifications ..... . 243 Storing Your Honda ....206 Break-in Guidelines .

  • Page 280: Manual

    Warranty Service ....262 Contacting Honda ....263 Your Honda PWC Dealer .

  • Page 281: Manual

    Table of Contents...

  • Page 282: Index

    ID No......30 American Honda, contacting ..263 ID SET .

  • Page 283

    Index maintenance ..... 148 number ......241 consumer information .

  • Page 284

    PGM-FI ......22 inspection, pre-ride ....92 Honda, intake/propulsion system, cleaning ..236 contacting .

  • Page 285

    Index locations, component, instruments and controls ... . . 13 maintenance ..... 148 jet pump, lubrication .

  • Page 286

    Index post-ride maintenance ....134 pre-ride inspection ....92 problems, unexpected .

  • Page 287

    Index safety ......2 specifications ..... . 243 safety precautions .

  • Page 288

    Index tool kit ......151 WP SET button ..... 27 training, rider .

  • Page 289: Quick Reference

    How To Avoid Costly Repairs collection of information you need to know about your Honda. You'll also find space to The engine of your Honda can be the most record important notes. expensive component to repair. Proper maintenance, especially the use of the recommended fluids and filters, prevents premature wear and damage.

  • Page 290

    Quick Reference • Bilge drain plugs: Check both plugs are secure before each ride to avoid possible engine damage from water (especially salt water) in the engine compartment. • Jet pump water intake: Avoid debris such as sand, weeds, or rocks which can damage the propulsion system.

  • Page 291

    Quick Reference Registration No. Hull Identification No. Engine Identification No. Color Label Owner's Name Address City/State Phone Dealer's Name Address City/State Phone Service Mgr. Quick Reference...

  • Page 292

    API Service Classification SG or higher except oils labeled as energy conserving on the API service label. SAE 10W-40, JASO 4T Standard MA or MB, Pro Honda GN4, HP4 or HP4M 4-stroke oil or equivalent Maximum Weight 524 lbs (238 kg)

This manual also for:

Arx1200t3dxn3, Aquatrax f-12x

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