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    2004 Honda ARX1200N2 AQUATRAX R-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 manual contains a table of contents, a detailed people who appreciate Honda’s reputation for...

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    You may also want to visit our website at thoroughly so you understand the coverages www. 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 DANGER instructions. You CAN be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you don’t follow WARNING instructions. CAUTION You CAN be HURT if you don’t follow instructions. •...

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    Contents Before Riding · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · 51 These pages give an overview of the contents of your owner’s manual. The first page of The importance of wearing a personal each section lists the topics covered in that flotation device (PFD) and other protective section.

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    Contents Servicing Your Honda · · · · · · · · · · · · · 99 Technical Information · · · · · · · · · · · · 199 Why your PWC needs regular maintenance, Serial numbers, technical specifications, what you need to know before servicing and other technical facts.

  • Page 8: Pwc Safety

    PWC Safety Important Safety Information ...2 This section presents some of the most 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 you out of trouble (page 70).

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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 61), and do not remove any...

  • Page 13: 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 (cont’d) PWC Safety...

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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 PWC Safety...

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    PWC Safety...

  • Page 18: 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.

  • Page 19: Features

    Instruments & Controls Controls & Features ....34 ID Lock System ....34 Limit Mode .

  • Page 20: Component Locations

    Component Locations front hood latch multi-function display indicators trim lock lever display control buttons trim lever throttle lever start button engine stop button/switch lock clip safety lanyard Instruments & Controls...

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

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    Component Locations grab rail fuel fill cap seat latch glove box sponson stern eyelets reboarding groove 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 exhaust outlet cooling water bypass outlet reverse bucket flushing connector bilge drain plug jet pump steering nozzle bilge drain plug Instruments & Controls...

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

  • Page 26: Multi-function Display

    Multi-function Display (1) tachometer The multi-function display and beeper on (2) WARNING lamp your PWC keep you informed, alert you to (3) low battery voltage indicator possible problems, and make your riding more enjoyable. Refer to the display (4) engine cooling water temperature frequently.

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

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    Multi-function Display tachometer Shows engine speed in revolutions per minute (rpm). WARNING lamp Flashes under the following conditions: (1) The remaining fuel is low. (2) There is a fault in the fuel system. (3) The engine oil pressure is low. (4) The engine cooling water temperature is high.

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    Multi-function Display engine cooling water temperature Flashes when the engine cooling water temperature indicator is high enough to cause engine damage. If the indicator flashes, immediately take the shortest route to land, then see page 188 for instructions and precautions. This indicator is usually off.

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    Multi-function Display PGM-FI malfunction indicator Flashes when there is some abnormality in the lamp (MIL) PGM-FI (Programmed Fuel Injection) system. Occasionally, depending on the abnormality, engine revs may be limited to less than 3,000 rpm. In extreme cases, the engine will stop. If the indicator flashes, immediately take the shortest route to land.

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    Multi-function Display ID No. button Selects or changes the ID number (page 34). Also used to switch the display to the set up condition of the ID number (page 34). ID SET button Enters or cancels the ID number. Also used to activate the ID lock system. multi-function meter The meter includes the following functions: digital clock ( )

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    Multi-function Display low fuel indicator Flashes when the fuel remaining in the tank is about: 3.41 US gal (12.9R) fuel gauge Shows approximate fuel supply available (page 31). 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)

  • Page 33: Set Button

    Multi-function Display The MODE button is also used to select the SET Button limit mode. To select the limit mode, press The SET button is used to set the digital and hold the button for at least 5 seconds with clock (page 32).

  • Page 34: 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 34). The ID SET button is also used to activate the ID lock system. ID No. Button The ID No.

  • Page 35: Low Oil Pressure Indicator

    Multi-function Display Low Oil Pressure Indicator NOTICE Continuing to ride with low oil pressure can The low oil pressure indicator (1) and the cause serious engine damage. WARNING lamp (2) flash and the warning beeper sounds when engine oil pressure is low enough to cause engine damage.

  • Page 36: Engine Cooling Water Temperature

    Multi-function Display Engine Cooling Water Temperature NOTICE Indicator Continuing to ride with an overheated engine can cause serious engine damage. The engine cooling water temperature indicator (1) and the WARNING lamp (2) flash and the warning beeper sounds when the engine cooling water is over the specified temperature.

  • Page 37: Low Battery Voltage Indicator

    If the low battery voltage indicator and the (2) WARNING lamp WARNING lamp flash before leaving shore, charge the battery (page 162). If the indicator still flashes after charging, see your Honda PWC dealer. If the indicator and WARNING lamp flash and the beeper sounds while riding, immediately head for shore and see your Honda PWC dealer as soon as possible.

  • Page 38: Fuel Gauge And Low Fuel Indicator

    Multi-function Display Fuel Gauge and Low Fuel Indicator The fuel gauge liquid crystal display (1) shows the approximate fuel supply available. The fuel tank capacity is: 16.64 US gal (63.0R) (1) fuel gauge display When segment E (2), the low fuel indicator (3) and WARNING lamp flash and the warning beeper sounds, you should refill the tank as soon as possible.

  • Page 39: Digital Clock

    Multi-function Display Digital Clock 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 37). 2.

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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 41: Controls & Features

    Controls & Features To Create an ID number ID Lock System 1. Insert the lock clip in the engine stop Your PWC is equipped with an ID lock button/switch to turn on the display. system that prevents the engine being started 2.

  • Page 42: Features

    Controls & Features 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 43: Features

    Controls & Features 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 44: 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 45: 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 46: 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 47: Start Button

    Controls & Features LEFT HANDLEBAR Start Button The green start button (1) is used for starting the engine. See Starting Procedure, page 75. 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 48: 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 49: 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 50: Trim Lever

    Controls & Features LEFT HANDLEBAR Trim Lever The trim lever (1) adjusts the front/rear planing attitude of your PWC. Pulling the trim lever lowers the bow and improves: • acceleration from a standing start • turning performance • riding stability with a passenger aboard There is no clutch or brake function in the trim lever.

  • Page 51: Features

    Controls & Features The trim lever (1) can be locked. LEFT HANDLEBAR To lock, pull the trim lever and push the trim lock lever (2) forward. To unlock the trim lever, pull the trim lock lever. (1) trim lever (2) trim lock lever Instruments &...

  • Page 52: 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 53: 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 54: 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. This operation should be performed with your cooling system (page 152).

  • Page 55: 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. Turing the handlebar (2) turns the nozzle. FRONT / REAR (1) jet pump steering nozzle (2) handlebar Instruments &...

  • Page 56: Bow & Stern Eyelets

    Controls & Features FRONT Bow & Stern Eyelets The bow (front) and stern (rear) eyelets (1) (2) are used for mooring your PWC or securing it on its trailer. The bow eyelet can also be used if your PWC requires towing on water. (1) bow eyelet REAR (2) stern eyelets...

  • Page 57: Grab Rail

    Controls & Features REAR Grab Rail The grab rail (1) is used to assist boarding. The grab rail should not be used for towing, lifting the PWC, or for attaching tie downs. (1) grab rail Instruments & Controls...

  • Page 58: Before Riding

    Are You Ready to Ride? ....52 your passenger and your Honda are all ready Protective Apparel ....52 to ride.

  • Page 59: 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 •...

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    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: • A wet suit bottom to protect yourself against wear a Coast Guard-approved Type I, II or III PFD.

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    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 62: 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 area, call your nearest U.S.

  • Page 63: Is Your Pwc Ready To Ride

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

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    Is Your PWC Ready To Ride? Steering Look for water, oil or fuel in Check that there is no Bilge the engine compartment. sticking or looseness when Drain, if necessary. turning the handlebar. Look for signs of leaking fuel Throttle Check the freeplay and adjust Leaks or oil in the engine...

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    Is Your PWC Ready To Ride? Bilge Drain Check that the lanyard is in Check that the plugs are Safety Plugs good condition and the lock secure. Lanyard clip is securely attached. Replace if necessary. Jet Pump Check that nothing is Water Intake obstructing the intake grate of Insert the lock clip in the...

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    Is Your PWC Ready To Ride? Engine Oil Check these items which require starting and Check the level and add oil if flushing the engine on shore (see Flushing needed (page 125). Procedure, page 152. If necessary, these Off-throttle procedures may be performed with your Check that the OTS PWC on calm water): Steering...

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    If you are carrying a passenger or cargo, also Remember, be sure to take care of any check the following: problem you find, or have your Honda PWC dealer correct it before you ride. Load Limits Make sure you do not exceed the load limits (page 61).

  • Page 68: Load Limits & Guidelines

    However, exceeding the weight limit can 338 lbs (153.5 kg) seriously impair your PWC’s handling and includes the weight of the operator, stability. Non-Honda accessories, improper passenger, all cargo. modifications, and poor maintenance can also reduce your safety margin. maximum storage compartment weights: Front storage compartment = 6.6 lbs (3 kg)

  • Page 69: Loading Guidelines

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

  • Page 70: Cargo Compartments

    Cargo Compartments FRONT Glove Box The glove box (1) is used for storing small and light articles. Don’t store breakable objects in this compartment. To open, lower the tab (2) and pull the glove box lid (3). To close the glove box, push the glove box lid.

  • Page 71: Front Storage Compartment

    Cargo Compartments Front Storage Compartment The front storage compartment may be used Storing fuel in the front storage to store the owner’s manual and safety compartment can cause a fire or equipment such as towing rope, signal flares, explosion that can result in injury or or other small articles.

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    Cargo Compartments FRONT To open the front storage compartment (1), 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: 6.6 lbs (3 kg) If the compartment is flooded, remove the...

  • Page 73: 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 (1) fire extinguisher compartment a fire extinguisher manufacturer in your area. (2) lid To open the lid (2), turn it counterclockwise.

  • Page 74: Basic Operation & Riding

    Basic Operation & Riding Safe Riding Precautions ....68 This section gives basic riding instructions, PWC Propulsion ....69 including how to start and stop your engine, Navigation Rules .

  • Page 75: 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 51. Even if you have ridden other PWCs, take time to become familiar with how your PWC works and handles.

  • Page 76: Pwc Propulsion

    PWC Propulsion Your PWC is water-jet propelled. The engine Pulling the trim lever lowers the jet pump is connected to a driveshaft that rotates an steering nozzle. As a result, the bow is impeller, located within the jet pump housing lowered and your ride is made more stable.

  • Page 77: 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...

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    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.

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    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.

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    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 81: Starting & Stopping The Engine

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

  • Page 82: Starting Procedure

    Starting & Stopping the Engine 1. Board your PWC, place your feet on the Starting Procedure footboard. Make sure your passenger is on board and no one is behind the PWC. WARNING 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.

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    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 37), if necessary.

  • Page 84: 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 85: How To Stop The Engine

    Starting & Stopping the Engine How to Stop the Engine NOTICE Starting or stopping the engine in less than To stop the engine, be sure there is at least 3 three feet of water can damage the jet pump if feet (90 cm) of water so that debris or weeds debris or weeds are drawn in.

  • Page 86

    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 87: 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. Once you (and your 1. Complete the pre-ride inspection (page passenger) are on board, check that your path 56).

  • Page 88: 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 89: 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 90: Boarding In Deep Water

    Launching & Boarding Your PWC 2. Grasp the grab rail and reboarding groove, Boarding in Deep Water and pull yourself up until you can place Practice in shallow water before attempting to one knee on the rear deck. board in deeper water. 3.

  • Page 91

    Launching & Boarding Your PWC 4. Move forward, being careful to balance 6. Place your feet on the footboards. your PWC. 7. Sit on the seat. 5. When possible, grasp the handlebar for support. Basic Operation & Riding...

  • Page 92: Boarding With A Passenger

    Launching & Boarding Your PWC 1. The passenger should hold the PWC to Boarding with a Passenger steady it as the operator climbs on. For more information on riding with a 2. The operator should get in position on the passenger, see page 95.

  • Page 93

    Launching & Boarding Your PWC 4. The operator should slide forward to give 6. Once the passenger is seated, the operator the passenger more space. should check that the passenger is holding 5. The passenger should grasp the grab rail onto the waist of the operator and have and reboarding groove, and climb on in the placed both feet on the footboards.

  • Page 94: 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 95: 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 96

    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. If you pull the trim lever, the bow will lower and your PWC will turn more easyly.

  • Page 97: 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 98: Reverse Operation

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

  • Page 99

    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 45). 2. Turn the handlebar opposite the direction you want.

  • Page 100: 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 101

    Stopping/Docking/Beaching • Push the engine stop button or pull the lock Stop your PWC • 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 102: Riding With A Passenger Or Cargo

    Riding with a Passenger or Cargo Your PWC is designed to carry you and one Remember, you are responsible for the safety passenger. Whenever you add a passenger or of your passenger. Be sure they are wearing cargo, you must be careful not to exceed the PFDs and other protective apparel (page 52), total load limits (Load Limits, page 61).

  • Page 103

    Riding with a Passenger or Cargo Tell your passenger to hold on firmly to your WARNING waist, lean with you in the turns, and keep both feet on the footboards at all times, even If a passenger falls off the back of a when the PWC is stopped and idling.

  • Page 104: Post-ride Maintenance

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

  • Page 105

    For prolonged storage, refer to Storing Your water. Raise the bow (front) of your PWC Honda on page 168. about 1 foot to allow complete draining. 8. Wipe the engine compartment dry with dry, clean rags.

  • Page 106: Servicing Your Honda

    “certified” to EPA standards. maintenance tasks. Before You Service Your Honda You’ll also find important safety precautions, information on fuels and oils, and tips for The Importance of Maintenance ..102 keeping your Honda looking great.

  • Page 107

    Servicing Your Honda Service Preparations Hull Component Locations ....110 Bilge Drain System ....155 Rear Cover Removal .

  • Page 108

    When Performed Who Performs Pre-ride Inspection before every ride Post-ride Maintenance after every ride Maintenance Schedule interval on schedule your Honda PWC dealer* * unless you have the proper tools and service data and are mechanically qualified Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 109: 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 110: 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 111: 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 112: 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 113

    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 56) and and service data and are mechanically owner maintenance (page 107) at each qualified.

  • Page 114

    ** 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 115

    STEERING SYSTEM Inspect/Adjust/Lubricate 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 218). ** In the interest of safety, we recommend these items be serviced only by your Honda PWC dealer.

  • Page 116: Maintenance Record

    Date Performed By: Notes Hours or Months 100 or 6 200 or 12 300 or 18 400 or 24 500 or 30 600 or 36 700 or 42 800 or 48 900 or 54 1000 or 60 Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 117: Component Locations

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

  • Page 118

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

  • Page 119

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

  • Page 120: Rear Cover Removal

    2. Turn the knobs (1) to OPEN position and remove the rear cover (2). Installation Installation the rear cover and turn the knobs to CLOSE position. Make sure the rear cover is installed securely. (1) knobs (3) OPEN position (2) rear cover (4) CLOSE position Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 121: Rear Tray Removal

    2. Pull the knob (1) and remove the rear tray (2). Installation 1. Pull the knob, install the rear tray, and release the knob. 2. Push the knob until it locks. 3. Make sure the rear tray securely latched. (1) knob (2) rear tray Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 122: Tool Kit

    • 4 mm hex wrench • 5 mm hex wrench UNDER REAR COVER • Standard/Phillips screwdriver • screwdriver handle • pliers • spark plug wrench • tool bag • water resistant bag (1) tool kit (2) tool kit compartment Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 123: Owner's Manual Storage

    Store your owner’s manual (and other documents) in the plastic storage bag (1) in the glove box (2) (page 63). Be careful not to flood this area when washing your PWC. (1) owner’s manual storage bag (2) glove box Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 124: Seat Removal

    Refer to Safety Precautions on page 104. The seat must be removed for engine maintenance. Removal 1. Release the seat latch (1). 2. Pull the seat (2) back and up. (1) seat latch (3) seat prong (2) seat (cont’d) Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 125

    Seat Removal Place the removed seat as shown in following Installation illustration. 1. Position the seat prong (3) and press on the seat until the latch closes. 2. Make sure to tighten the latch securely. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 126: 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 127

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

  • Page 128

    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 129: Engine Oil & Filter

    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 130

    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 131

    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 132

    (page 113), and the rear tray (page 114). 2. Remove the oil filler cap/dipstick (1) and wipe it clean. 3. Insert the dipstick until it seats, but do not screw it in. (2) oil drain pipe cap (3) oil drain pipe (cont’d) Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 133

    8. Reinstall the oil filler cap/dipstick . Make 2. Let the engine idle for 5 minutes. If the air sure the cap is tightened securely. temperature is below 10°C (50°F), let it idle for an additional 5 minutes (a total of 10 minutes). Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 134

    4. Stop the engine and wait a few minutes. 4. Stop the engine and get off your PWC. 5. Remove the seat (page 117). 5. Remove the seat (page 117). This procedure continues with Step 6 on page 128. (cont’d) Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 135

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

  • Page 136

    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 137

    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 Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 138

    (page 176). 6. Pour the drained oil into a suitable container and dispose of it in an approved manner (page 176). NOTICE Improper disposal of drained fluids is (5) oil filter harmful to the environment. (cont’d) Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 139

    8. Install the new oil filter and tighten it by hand. 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 Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 140

    15. Stop the engine. could cause severe damage. 16. Check that the oil level is at the upper level mark on the dipstick (page 127). 17. Check that there are no oil leaks. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 141: 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 142

    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 completely latched. (1) springs (2) air box cover (3) air filter Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 143: Lubrication

    Provide lubrication when moving parts do not RIGHT HANDLEBAR work smoothly. Also lubricate as per the maintenance schedule (page 107). Consult your Honda PWC dealer for more information about lubrication procedures. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 144

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

  • Page 145

    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 the step 2-5 again. 7. Perform the same lubrication procedure for joint hole B (3). Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 146

    Lubrication Lubricate the trim lever link and trim handle cable as shown in the following illustration. LEFT HANDLEBAR Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 147

    Lubrication Lubricate the steering cable, cable ball joint, shift cable ball joint, trim cable ball joint and shift guide roller as shown in the following illustrations. REAR ABOVE FUEL TANK Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 148

    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 149

    Lubrication Lubricate the steering nozzle and reverse bucket pivots as shown in the following illustration. REAR Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 150: Throttle

    Throttle Inspection Throttle Freeplay Check freeplay at the throttle lever (1). Refer to Safety Precautions on page 104. Freeplay: 1/16–1/4 in (2–6 mm) RIGHT HANDLEBAR If necessary, adjust to the specified range. (1) throttle lever (cont’d) Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 151

    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 152

    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 153: 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 154: 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 155

    Refer to Safety Precautions on page 104. 1. Remove the seat (page 117). 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 Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 156

    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 (cont’d) Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 157

    (5). If the gauge fits in the gap, replace the plug with a new one. 7. With the plug washers attached, thread the spark plugs in by hand to prevent cross- threading. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 158: 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 152) at the rear of your PWC. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 159

    Check that the stern is lower than the bow. 1. Pull the reverse lever to lower the reverse bucket (page 45). (1) garden hose (2) flushing connector (3) hose adapter Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 160

    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 161

    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 162: Bilge Drain System

    1. Remove the seat (page 117), rear cover (page 113), and the rear tray (page 114) to access the engine compartment. 2. Push out the bilge strainer (1) while sliding (1) bilge strainer (cont’d) Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 163

    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 47).

  • Page 164: 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 152). (1) multi-function meter (2) MODE button (cont’d) Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 165

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

  • Page 166: 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 167

    30 days (see Battery Charging, page 162) . 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 168

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

  • Page 169

    Be sure to read the information that came 13. Slow charge the battery (see following with your battery charger and follow the section) once every 30 days. instructions on the battery. Improper charging may damage the battery. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 170

    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 171: Appearance Care

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

  • Page 172

    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. (cont’d) Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 173

    As marine use. Apply the wax to the hull and you dry, inspect for chips and scratches. deck according to the instructions on the container. If the fiberglass is damaged, see your Honda PWC dealer. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 174: Tips

    Tips Here’s a few helpful tips on how to store and Storing Your Honda ....168 transport your Honda, and how to be an Transporting Your PWC .

  • Page 175: 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 176

    • 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 177

    Storing Your Honda 4. To prevent rusting the inlet valves, proceed NOTICE as follows after confirming the engine is Avoid running the engine without water flow cool. • Remove the seat (page 117). for more than 15 seconds to prevent severe •...

  • Page 178

    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 179

    Storing Your Honda 8. Rinse the outside of the engine. Dry with a 15.Keep your PWC as level as possible and soft clean cloth and spray with a water- cover your it with a porous material. displacement corrosion-proof lubricant Avoid using plastic or similar...

  • Page 180

    Storing Your Honda WARNING Removal from Storage Refer to Safety Precautions on page 104. 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 181

    Storing Your Honda 7. Perform the engine flushing procedure (page 152). 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 manner (page 176).

  • Page 182: 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 the seat are secure and the reverse bucket is up.

  • Page 183: You & The Environment

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

  • Page 184

    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 185


  • Page 186: Taking Care Of The Unexpected

    Taking Care of the Unexpected This section discusses the more common General Guidelines ....180 problems that can occur with your PWC If Your Engine Quits or Won’t Start ..181 while you’re riding.

  • Page 187: 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 188: 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 189

    See Flooded Engine (page 77) . 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 Charge the battery (page 162) .

  • Page 190

    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 184.

  • Page 191: If Your Engine Overheats

    If the engine still overheats, shut off the engine. If the engine cooling water temperature Transport your PWC to a Honda PWC reaches a certain level, engine revs are dealer (page 175). automatically limited to 3,000 rpm to prevent damage.

  • Page 192: If The Low Oil Pressure Indicator Lights

    — resume riding. If there is a leak — do not the engine as soon as it’s safe to do so. ride the PWC until the leak is repaired by a Honda PWC dealer. To stop the warning beeper, press and hold any one of the four control buttons (SET, MODE, ID SET, or ID No.) for about 2...

  • Page 193: 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 194

    If a Fuse Blows Main Fuse Access: 3. Pull the main fuse out. 1. To access the main fuse (1), remove the If it is blown (3), install the spare main seat (page 117), rear cover (page 113), and fuse (4). the rear tray (page 114).

  • Page 195

    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 (3), replace it with a spare fuse (5) of the same rating or lower.

  • Page 196

    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 197: 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 198: 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 Towing your personal watercraft at speeds tow line to the bow eyelet so your PWC may exceeding 10 mph can cause water to flood be towed to shore.

  • Page 199: 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 200

    4. Make sure the area is clear of people and water from the engine compartment, then passenger, then grab the intake grate (2) take your PWC to your Honda PWC with both hands and pull the PWC over dealer. – If the engine compartment is not badly toward you while pushing down on the side of the hull nearest you.

  • Page 201: If Your Pwc Is Submerged

    4. Remove the spark plugs from the engine the injector connectors. and store them in a safe place and put the Take your PWC to your Honda PWC soft cloths on the plug holes. Do not dealer as soon as possible.

  • Page 202

    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 129). 2. Using the flushing procedure (page 152),...

  • Page 203: 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 204

    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 205: 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 206: Technical Information

    Technical Information This section contains dimensions, capacities, Vehicle Identification ....200 and other technical data, plus information on Specifications ..... .203 government requirements and how to break- Break-in Guidelines .

  • Page 207: 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 208

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

  • Page 209

    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 210: Specifications

    Specifications Dimensions overall length 120.6 in (3,062 mm) overall width 45.4 in (1,154 mm) overall height 40.8 in (1,036 mm) Weight dry weight 746 lbs (338.4 kg) Fuel & Lubricants fuel recommendation unleaded premium gasoline, pump octane number of 91 or higher fuel tank capacity 16.64 US gal (63.0R) engine oil capacity...

  • Page 211

    API Service Classification SG or higher. recommendation 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 212

    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 213

    Specifications 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 5 A, 7.5 A Torque Specifications oil filter 20 lbf·ft (26 N·m, 2.7 kgf·m) Technical Information...

  • Page 214: 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: • Vary the operating speed often, do not you ride during the first tank full of fuel. continue running for a long time at any one speed.

  • Page 215: 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 216

    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 The vehicle emission control information label (1) is attached on the cylinder head.

  • Page 217

    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 218: 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 a healthier lifestyle and environment.

  • Page 219

    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 220

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

  • Page 221: 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 standard, ETHANOL (ethyl or grain alcohol) 10% by some areas of United States and Canada use Volume oxygenated fuels to help reduce emissions.

  • Page 222

    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 223

    Technical Information...

  • Page 224: Consumer Information

    Warranty Service ....222 Contacting Honda ....223 Your Honda PWC Dealer .

  • Page 225: Authorized Manuals

    Service Manual, Owner’s Manual, videos, color wire diagrams and other related information, as well as a high-quality photocopy of the Service Manual. Also available, but not necessary, to service your PWC is the Honda Common Service Manual (Publications No. 61CM001), which explains theory of operation and basic service information for various systems on this PWC.

  • Page 226

    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 227

    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 228: 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 229: Warranty Service

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

  • Page 230: Contacting Honda

    • dealer name and address why it’s important to work to resolve any differences at the dealership level. We will likely ask your Honda PWC dealer to respond, or possibly acknowledge your If you wish to comment on your experiences comments directly.

  • Page 231: 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 232: 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 233: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents The following presents the contents of each Limit Mode ..... . . 39 section of your owner’s manual. Start Button .

  • Page 234: Manual

    BASIC OPERATION & RIDING ..67 Safe Riding Precautions ....68 SERVICING YOUR HONDA ..99 Before You Service Your Honda PWC Propulsion .

  • Page 235: Manual

    Air Filter ......134 Storing Your Honda ....168 Lubrication .

  • Page 236: Manual

    If Your Engine Overheats ... . 184 Contacting Honda ....223 If the Low Oil Pressure Indicator Lights . 185 Your Honda PWC Dealer .

  • Page 237: Index

    ID No......27 American Honda, contacting ..223 ID SET .

  • Page 238

    Index cooling water bypass outlet ... . 46 overheats ......184 customer service .

  • Page 239

    ..... 22, 39 Honda, low battery voltage ....21, 30 contacting .

  • Page 240

    Index locations, component, instuments and controls ... . . 13 maintenance ..... 110 jet pump, lubrication .

  • Page 241

    Index post-ride maintenance ....97 pre-ride inspection ....56 problems, unexpected .

  • Page 242

    Index gear ......53 spark plugs ......147 safety .

  • Page 243

    Index time meter ......24 PWC propulsion ..... 69 tool kit .

  • Page 244: 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 245

    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 246

    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 247

    Unleaded premium gasoline, pump octane number 91 or higher 16.64 US gal (63.0R) Engine Oil API Service Classification SG or higher, SAE 10W-40, JASO 4T Standard MA or MB, Pro Honda GN4, HP4 or HP4M 4-stroke oil or equivalent 338 lbs (153.5 kg) Maximum Weight Capacity...

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