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2009
Honda ARX1500T3DX/T3/N3
AQUATRAX F-15X with GPScape/F-15X/F-15
OWNER'S MANUAL

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    2009 Honda ARX1500T3DX/T3/N3 AQUATRAX F-15X with GPScape/F-15X/F-15 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 http://powersports.honda.com/, or call Customer...

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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. •...

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    These pages give an overview of the contents GPScape System (ARX1500T3DX only) · · · · · · · · · · · · 59 of your owner’s manual. The first page of each section lists the topics covered in that Instructions for use of your PWC Navigation System.

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    Contents Servicing Your Honda · · · · · · · · · · · · · · 141 Technical Information · · · · · · · · · · · · · · 241 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 mishap 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 110).

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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 99), and do not remove any...

  • 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. PWC Safety...

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    Safety Labels PWC Safety...

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    Safety Labels PWC Safety...

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    Safety Labels (USA only) (ARX1500T3DX only) PWC Safety...

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    PWC Safety...

  • Page 19: Table Of Contents

    Low Battery Voltage Indicator ..34 Fuel Gauge, Low Fuel Indicator and Available Cruising Hour Meter ..35 Digital Clock (ARX1500T3DX) ..37 Digital Clock (ARX1500T3/N3) ..39 (cont’d)

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    Grab Rail ......56 Seat Strap ......56 Boarding Step (ARX1500T3DX) ..58 Instruments & Controls...

  • Page 21: Component Locations

    Component Locations (ARX1500T3DX) (ARX1500T3/N3) front hood latch front hood latch multi-function multi-function display control display display control display buttons buttons rearview rearview mirror rearview rearview mirror mirror mirror start button throttle throttle lever lever engine stop start button safety lanyard...

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

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    Component Locations rear seat latch rear storage compartment glove box grab rail stern eyelet front seat latch stern eyelets boarding step sponson (ARX1500T3DX 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 cooling water bypass outlet exhaust outlet reverse bucket flushing connector bilge drain plug jet pump steering nozzle bilge drain plug Instruments & Controls...

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    Component Locations ARX1500T3DX/T3 oil filter spark plugs bilge strainer oil filler cap/dipstick fuse box (FRONT) (REAR) air box drain tube air filter engine dipstick throttle maintenance battery adjuster port cap Instruments & Controls...

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    Component Locations ARX1500N3 oil filter air filter oil filler cap/dipstick bilge strainer engine dipstick fuse box (FRONT) (REAR) spark plugs throttle maintenance battery adjuster port cap Instruments & Controls...

  • Page 28: Multi-function Display

    (11) high engine cooling water temperature indicator (12) low battery voltage indicator (16) (13) speedometer (14) MODE button (15) (15) WP SET button (ARX1500T3DX) (14) SET button (ARX1500T3/N3) (13) (12) (11) (10) (16) – (minus) button (ARX1500T3DX) (ARX1500T3/N3) (17) + (plus) button (ARX1500T3DX)

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    (Canada only). After the check is complete, you will see the normal displays. 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 Instruments & Controls...

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    (6) There is any abnormality in the PGM-FI system. (7) The battery voltage is low (below approx. 11.5 V). (8) The engine charging pressure and intake pressure is excessive. (ARX1500T3DX/T3) If the indicator flashes, immediately take the shortest route to land.

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    Multi-function Display fuel gauge Shows approximate fuel supply available (page 35). When segment F goes on, the fuel tank capacity is: 18.49 US gal (70.0R) When segment E flashes while riding, fuel remaining in the tank is about: 4.10 US gal (15.5R) low fuel indicator Flashes when the fuel remaining in the tank is about: 4.10 US gal (15.5R)

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    To reset the tripmeter to zero (0), press and hold the SET (WP SET) button for more than 2 seconds. mileage to a waypoint Shows the mileage to a waypoint. (ARX1500T3DX) tachometer Shows the engine speed in revolutions per minutes (rpm).

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    Multi-function Display ID No. button Selects or changes the ID number (page 41). Also used to switch the display to the set up condition of the ID number (page 41). ID SET button Enters or cancels the ID number. Also used to activate the ID lock system. PGM-FI malfunction indicator Flashes when there is some abnormality in the lamp (MIL)

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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 226 for instructions and cautions. This indicator is usually off. high engine cooling water Flashes when the engine cooling water temperature temperature indicator...

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    (Canada) per hour. MODE button Selects the mode of the multi-function meter: digital clock, time meter, available cruising hour meter, tripmeter, mileage to a waypoint (ARX1500T3DX), tachometer and hourmeter. Selects ON or OFF for the limit mode. WP SET button...

  • Page 36: Wp Set Button (arx1500t3dx)

    Multi-function Display WP SET Button (ARX1500T3DX) SET Button (ARX1500T3/N3) The WP SET button is used to set the digital The SET button is used to set the digital clock (page 37) and input a waypoint or to clock (page 39).

  • Page 37: Mode Button (arx1500t3dx)

    Multi-function Display MODE Button (ARX1500T3DX) digital clock The MODE button is also used to switch between 7 displays (digital clock, time meter, time meter available cruising hour meter, tripmeter, mileage to a waypoint, tachometer and available cruising hourmeter). To switch from one display to hour meter another, push the button.

  • Page 38: Mode Button (arx1500t3/n3)

    Multi-function Display MODE Button (ARX1500T3/N3) digital clock The MODE button is also used to switch between 6 displays (digital clock, time meter, time meter available cruising hour meter, tripmeter, tachometer and hourmeter). To switch from one display to another, push the button. available cruising hour meter The MODE button is also used to select the...

  • Page 39: 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 41). The ID SET button is also used to activate and deactivate the ID lock system. ID No.

  • Page 40: Low Oil Pressure Indicator

    The engine automatically slows to prevent Continuing to ride with low oil pressure can damage. cause serious engine damage. (ARX1500T3DX) (ARX1500T3DX) To stop the warning beeper, press and hold any one of the six control buttons (WP SET, MODE, ID SET, or ID No., +, or –) for more than 2 seconds.

  • Page 41: High Engine Cooling Water Temperature Indicator

    The engine automatically slows (ARX1500T3DX) to prevent damage. (ARX1500T3DX) To stop the warning beeper, press and hold any one of the six control buttons (WP SET, MODE, ID SET, ID No., +, or –) for more...

  • Page 42: 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 (ARX1500T3DX) warning beeper sounds.

  • Page 43: Fuel Gauge, Low Fuel Indicator And Available Cruising Hour Meter

    Multi-function Display (ARX1500T3DX) Fuel Gauge, Low Fuel Indicator To stop the warning beeper, press and hold and Available Cruising Hour Meter any one of the six control buttons (WP SET, MODE, ID SET, ID No., +, or –) for more The fuel gauge display (1) shows the than 2 seconds.

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    Multi-function Display (ARX1500T3DX) (ARX1500T3/N3) The indicated available cruising hour is calculated based on the cruising conditions, and the indicated figure may not always be the actual available hour. When the fuel gauge nears E or when the E segment flashes, promptly refuel your PWC.

  • Page 45: Digital Clock (arx1500t3dx)

    Multi-function Display Digital Clock (ARX1500T3DX) 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 44).

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    Multi-function Display 4. To set the hour, push the + (plus) button (4) or – (minus) button (5) until the desired hour appears. • Quick setting – press and hold the + (plus) button or – (minus) button until the desired hour appears.

  • Page 47: Digital Clock (arx1500t3/n3)

    Multi-function Display Digital Clock (ARX1500T3/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 44). 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 49: Controls & Features

    Controls & Features (ARX1500T3DX) 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.

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    Controls & Features (ARX1500T3DX) 3. To fix first digit of ID number. Press and hold the ID No. button (1) until the desired number is displayed. 4. To fix second digit of ID number. Tap (do not hold) the ID No. button until the desired number is displayed.

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    Controls & Features (ARX1500T3/N3) (1) ID No. button (3) ID SET button Instruments & Controls...

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    Controls & Features (ARX1500T3DX) To Activate the Lock System 1. With the engine OFF, press and hold the ID SET button (3) for more than 2 seconds when the multi-function display goes on. The key mark (4) will start flashing.

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    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. (cont’d) Instruments & Controls...

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    Controls & Features (ARX1500T3/N3) Instruments & Controls...

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    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 more than 2 seconds. The display will switch to the change mode with the ID No.

  • Page 56: 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 ARX1500T3DX/T3 (approx. 42 mph (67 until the LIMIT MODE indicator goes off. km/h)) (ARX1500T3DX) ARX1500N3 (approx.

  • Page 57: Start Button

    Controls & Features LEFT HANDLEBAR Start Button The green start button (1) is used for starting the engine. See Starting Procedure, page 115. 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 58: 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 59: 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 60: 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 61: 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 62: Bilge Drain Plugs

    Controls & Features Bilge Drain Plugs Flushing Connector The bilge drain plugs (1) are used to drain The flushing connector (1) is used for water from the engine compartment. This attaching a garden hose to flush the engine cooling system (page 193). operation should be performed with your PWC out of the water and the engine off.

  • Page 63: 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 & Controls...

  • Page 64: 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.

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    Controls & Features FRONT (3) bow eyelet Instruments & Controls...

  • Page 66: Boarding Step (arx1500t3dx)

    Controls & Features Boarding Step (ARX1500T3DX) 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...

  • Page 67: Gpscape System (arx1500t3dx Only)

    GPScape System (ARX1500T3DX only) This section explains the GPScape navigation Introduction ......60 system. Instructions for the topics listed on Important Safety Information .

  • Page 68: Introduction

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

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    Introduction Longitudes, also called meridians, are vertical LONGITUDE 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) (international date line) the Earth into the Eastern and Western 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 judgement. 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 71: 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 judgement in deciding how to safely reach...

  • Page 72: System Information

    System Information There are two situations in which the 2nd Situation: When operating in reverse, direction to a waypoint indicator (activated because the sensing mechanism only works with speeds of 2 mph (3.2 km/h) or faster) while operating in a forward direction. (The will provide an inaccurate display.

  • Page 73: 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 74: System Start-up

    System Start-up If your PWC is transported for over 60 miles Position Fix (100 km) or if your PWC is not started for at least three months, we recommend that you The GPScape System uses satellite 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 75: 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 1 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 cannot obtain a position fix after performing this procedure, see your Honda PWC dealer. GPScape System...

  • Page 77: Satellite Status

    Satellite Status The satellite status (1) 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...

  • Page 78

    Satellite Status If the GPS mark (2) and WARNING lamp (3) flashes as shown in the illustration and the warning beeper resounds, see your Honda PWC 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 more...

  • Page 79: 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 80

    GPS Mode The GPS mode (1) shows the shortest Push the MODE button (3) to switch between distance to your selected waypoint. And, the GPS mode and the other six modes: when your PWC is moving (2 mph (3.2 digital clock, time meter, available cruising km/h) or faster), the GPS mode also displays hour meter, tripmeter, tachometer, and an electronic arrow (2) to indicate the...

  • Page 81

    GPS Mode GPS mode In any mode other than GPS (compass direction) tachometer time meter hourmeter available cruising hour meter digital clock tripmeter GPS mode GPScape System...

  • Page 82: 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 distance to...

  • Page 83: 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 79. To select a waypoint number (1): •...

  • Page 84: Direction To Waypoint Display

    GPS Mode When your PWC approaches within about 33 Direction to Waypoint Display feet (10 m) of the waypoint, the direction to a The direction to a waypoint display (1) uses waypoint display will change from a an electronic arrow to point to your directional arrow to an eight-point star (2) as destination –...

  • Page 85

    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 appear as direction to waypoint display will disappear shown in the illustration. as shown in the illustration and the antenna mark (3) will flash.

  • Page 86: 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 0.00 –...

  • Page 87: Basic Waypoint Selection

    GPS Mode There are two methods for marking about 1.5 seconds, until the waypoint waypoints. number and distance to waypoint (5) • Basic (to select your current position) flashes. Then release the button. • Advanced (to input desired destinations) Basic Waypoint Selection To Mark Your Present Position: 1.

  • Page 88

    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 89: 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 (degrees) (degrees) - - ’ - - ’ (minutes) (minutes) (seconds) (seconds) (1) waypoint number...

  • Page 90

    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) button or –...

  • Page 91

    GPS Mode 8. To enter the displayed value into the 10.To select and enter the seconds (10) – 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 92

    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 button (14). This reverses SET button until LON appears above the the sequence so you can back up and make a WP mark.

  • Page 93: Determining The Coordinates Of Your Current Position

    GPS Mode Changes or modifications not expressly Determining the Coordinates of Your approved by the party responsible for Current Position compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment. 1. If your current position is not already marked, mark it (page 79). 2.

  • Page 94: 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 (3.2 km/h) or faster). North North west South North east Your PWC must be moving to allow...

  • Page 95

    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 (3) will appear as compass direction indicator will disappear as shown in the illustration.

  • Page 96: 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 69). The system will adjust the digital clock display after receiving the basic UT (universal time, formerly referred to as Greenwich Mean Time) and then calculate your local time.

  • Page 97: Before Riding

    Are You Ready to Ride? ....90 your passengers and your Honda are all ready Protective Apparel ....90 to ride.

  • Page 98: 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 99

    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 wet suit bottom to protect yourself against PFD.

  • Page 100

    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 101: 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 102: 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 103

    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 104

    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 seats) the bucket drops over the jet are secure.

  • Page 105

    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 167). Procedure, page 193. If necessary, these procedures may be performed with your Off-throttle Check that the OTS PWC on calm water):...

  • Page 106

    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 107: Load Limits & Guidelines

    However, exceeding the weight limit can 525 lbs (238.5 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 108: 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 compartments or a glove box.

  • Page 109: Cargo Compartments

    Cargo Compartments FRONT Glove Box The glove box (1) is used for storing the owner’s manual and small, light articles. Breakable objects should never be stored in this compartment. To open the glove box, turn the knob (2) counterclockwise and raise the glove box lid (3).

  • Page 110: 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 111

    Cargo Compartments To open the front storage compartment (1), FRONT pull the hood latch (2) and lift the hood (3). To close the front 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 112: 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 access the fire extinguisher compartment,...

  • Page 113: Rear Storage Compartment

    Cargo Compartments REAR Rear Storage Compartment The rear storage compartment (1) may be used to store small and light articles. Breakable objects should never be stored in this compartment. To open the rear storage compartment, remove the rear seat (page 158). To close the rear storage compartment, install the rear seat (page 159).

  • Page 114

    Before Riding...

  • Page 115: Basic Operation & Riding

    Basic Operation & Riding This section gives basic riding instructions, Safe Riding Precautions ....108 PWC Propulsion ....109 including how to start and stop your engine, Navigation Rules .

  • Page 116: 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 89. Even if you have ridden other PWCs, take time to become familiar with how your PWC works and handles.

  • Page 117: 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 118: 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 119

    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 120

    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 121

    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. You must stay out of its way until you are clear of it.

  • Page 122: 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 123: 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 124

    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 45), if necessary.

  • Page 125: Flooded Engine

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

  • Page 126: 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 3 feet (90 cm) of water can damage the jet feet (90 cm) of water so that debris or weeds can’t be drawn into the water inlet system.

  • Page 127

    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 128: 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 94).

  • Page 129: 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 130: 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. 3 feet (90 cm) NOTICE Starting or stopping the engine in less than 3...

  • Page 131: Boarding In Deep Water

    • Do not use the step when the deck. PWC is in motion. 3. (ARX1500T3DX) • Do not use the step to pull anyone Boarding may be easier if you use the or anything.

  • Page 132

    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 133: Boarding With Passengers

    (ARX1500T3/N3) and holding on. • All riders should wear a wet suit bottom or equivalent. 1. (ARX1500T3DX) The spring-loaded, pull down boarding step may also be used to make boarding easier. (cont’d) Basic Operation & Riding...

  • Page 134

    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. (ARX1500T3DX) next passenger boards. The spring-loaded, pull down boarding step 9. Once the second passenger is seated, the may also be used to make boarding easier.

  • Page 135: 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 136: 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 137

    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 138: 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 139: 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 NOTICE deceleration. You and your passengers could be thrown Provide lubrication when moving parts do not forward or off of the personal work smoothly.

  • Page 140

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

  • Page 141: 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 142

    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 using swimmers, or obstacles in your path. bow and stern eyelets securely. •...

  • Page 143: 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 144: 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 145

    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 146: 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 147

    High pressure water (or air) can damage (pages 180-181). certain parts of your personal watercraft. 11.ARX1500T3DX/T3 only: Spray a water- displacement corrosion-proof lubricant 7. Remove the bilge drain plugs to drain any (without Teflon or molybdenum additives water.

  • Page 148

    Basic Operation & Riding...

  • Page 149: Servicing Your Honda

    “certified” to EPA standards. You’ll also find important safety precautions, Before You Service Your Honda information on fuels and oils, and tips for The Importance of Maintenance ..144 keeping your Honda looking great.

  • Page 150: Service Procedures Fluids, Filters & Lubricants

    Servicing Your Honda Service Preparations Hull Component Locations ....152 Bilge Drain System ....196 Tool Kit .

  • Page 151

    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 152: 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 153: 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 154: Important Safety Precautions

    Let the engine and exhaust system to maintain and repair it. To ensure the best cool before touching. quality and reliability, use only new Honda Genuine Parts or their equivalents for repair Injury from moving parts. Do not run the and replacement.

  • Page 155: 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 156

    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 94) and and service data and are mechanically owner maintenance (page 149) at each qualified.

  • Page 157

    ** 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 158

    ** 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 159: 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 160: 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 161

    Component Locations ARX1500T3DX/T3 bilge strainer fuse box oil filter oil filler cap/dipstick spark plugs (FRONT) (REAR) air box drain tube air filter battery engine dipstick maintenance port cap throttle adjuster Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 162

    Component Locations ARX1500N3 oil filler cap/dipstick oil filter air filter bilge strainer engine dipstick fuse box (FRONT) (REAR) spark plugs throttle maintenance battery adjuster port cap Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 163

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

  • Page 164: Tool Kit

    The tool kit (1) is stored in the tool kit REAR SEAT compartment (2) attached on the rear seat (page 158). An optional, larger tool kit may be available. Check with your Honda dealer’s parts department. (1) tool kit (2) tool kit compartment Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 165: Owner's Manual Storage

    (and other documents) in the plastic storage bag (1) in the glove box (2) (page 101). Be careful not to flood this area when washing your PWC. (1) plastic storage bag (2) glove box Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 166: 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 167

    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. Don’t rest against the seats. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 168: Fuel

    Your engine is designed to use any premium 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 169

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

  • Page 170

    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 171: Engine Oil & Filter

    The oil in the oil tank drains to the engine crankcase after the engine is stopped. Oil level with the engine stopped right after warming up. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 172

    Changing oil helps to 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 173

    • Do not use API SH or higher oils labeled as energy conserving on the API service label. NOT RECOMMENDED Suggested oils are equal in performance to SJ oils that are not labeled as energy conserving on the circular API service label. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 174

    Oil conforming to the standard is labeled on the oil container. For example, the following label shows the MA classification. PRODUCT MEETING JASO T 903 COMPANY GUARANTEEING THIS MA PERFORMANCE: (1) code number of the sales company of the oil (2) oil classification Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 175

    Perform this pre-check procedure on shore. 1. Remove both seats (page 158). 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) engine dipstick (cont’d) Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 176

    50°F (10°C), let it 9. Reinstall the oil filler cap/dipstick. Make idle for an additional 5 minutes (a total of sure the cap is tightened securely. 10 minutes). Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 177

    4. Stop the engine and wait 2 – 3 minutes. 4. Stop the engine, wait 2 – 3 minutes and get 5. Remove both seats (page 158). off your PWC. 5. Remove both seats (page 158). This procedure continues with Step 6 on page 170. (cont’d) Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 178

    (Do not overfill.) Wipe up any spilled oil immediately. 9. Reinstall the oil filler cap/dipstick. (1) oil filler cap/dipstick (4) upper level mark 10.Check for oil leaks. (5) lower level mark 11.Install both seats. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 179

    Your PWC’s oil filter has very specific your Honda PWC dealer. performance requirements. Use a new Honda Genuine oil filter or a filter of equal quality specified for your model.

  • Page 180

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

  • Page 181

    (page 217). 7. Pour the drained oil into a suitable container and dispose of it in an approved manner (page 217). NOTICE Improper disposal of drained fluids is (5) oil filter harmful to the environment. (cont’d) Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 182

    12. Fill the oil tank with the recommended oil slowly (page 165). If the oil filter was replaced, use approximately: • ARX1500T3DX/T3 4.5 US qt (4.3R) • ARX1500N3 4.2 US qt (4.0R) If the oil filter was not replaced, use...

  • Page 183

    16. Stop the engine. could cause severe damage. 17. Check that the oil level is at the upper level mark on the oil filler cap/dipstick (page 167). 18. Check that there are no oil leaks. 19. Install both seats. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 184: 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 185

    Air Filter UNDER FRONT SEAT Replacement (ARX1500T3DX/T3) 1. Remove both seats (page 158). 2. Unhook the springs (1). 3. Remove the air box cover (2). 4. Remove the air filter (3). 5. Discard the air filter. 6. Install a new air filter.

  • Page 186

    7. Install a new air filter. 8. Install the removed parts in reverse order of removal. (2) (3) 9. Make sure the air box cover is completely latched. Install both seats. (1) springs (2) air box cover (3) air filter Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 187: Lubrication

    Provide lubrication when moving parts do not RIGHT HANDLEBAR work smoothly. Also lubricate as per the maintenance schedule (page 149, 150). Consult your Honda PWC dealer for more information about lubrication procedures. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 188

    Lubrication ENGINE COMPARTMENT ENGINE COMPARTMENT (1) maintenance port cap (2) maintenance port Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 189

    3 seconds. 6. Operate the throttle lever slowly, from fully ON to fully OFF, three times. 7. Repeat steps 3-6 again. 8. Install the maintenance port cap and make sure it is tightened securely. 9. Install both seats. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 190

    REAR ABOVE FUEL TANK Lubricate a water-displacement corrosion- proof grease (Unilite M No.2 Grease or an equivalent) the area as shown in the REAR following illustration. REAR Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 191

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

  • Page 192

    Lubrication ARX1500T3DX only: Lubricate the boarding ARX1500T3DX/T3 only: Lubricate and step spring as shown in the following rustproof the turbocharger (especially the illustration. wastegate link) as shown in the following • To remove the boarding step cover (1), and illustration after confirming the engine is remove the clip (2).

  • Page 193: Throttle

    Throttle Inspection Throttle Freeplay Check freeplay at the throttle lever (1). Refer to Safety Precautions on page 146. 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 194

    4. After adjustment, check for smooth operation of the throttle lever from fully ON to fully OFF in all steering positions. 5. Tighten the lock nuts. 6. Reinstall the sleeve. (2) sleeve (4) lock nuts (3) adjuster Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 195

    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 196: Spark Plugs

    NOTICE • Do not adjust the spark plug gap. If the gap Using spark plugs with an improper heat is out of specification, replace the spark range can cause engine damage. plug with a new one. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 197

    Refer to Safety Precautions on page 146. 1. Remove both seats (page 158). 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 198

    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 199

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

  • Page 200: 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 193) at the rear of your PWC. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 201

    (2), but do not turn on the water. Refer to Safety Precautions on page 146. An optional, connection hose (3) may be available. Check with your Honda PWC dealer’s parts department. When running the engine on land, hot water and steam can spurt from...

  • Page 202

    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 203

    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 204: Bilge Drain System

    1. Remove both seats (page 158) and the rear storage box (page 229) to access the engine compartment. 2. Remove the band (1). 3. Push out the bilge strainer (2) while sliding (1) band (2) bilge strainer Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 205

    If the bilge strainer or other parts of the 10. Install both seats and rear storage box. bilge drain system are clogged or damaged, replace as necessary. See your Honda PWC dealer. 6. Remove the bilge drain plugs to drain the engine compartment (page 54). Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 206: 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 193). (ARX1500T3/N3) (1) multi-function meter (2) MODE button Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 207

    6. With the handlebar turned, check that the left and right segments (3) alternate rapid flashing as illustrated, and the engine is reving up. (ARX1500T3/N3) (3) segments Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 208: 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 209

    30 days (see Battery Charging, page 204) . Before you remove the battery, 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 210

    (1) negative (–) terminal lead (black cover) (2) . (2) positive (+) terminal lead (red cover) 5. Release the rings and remove the rubber (3) rubber bands (4) battery bands (3) . 6. Pull the battery (4) out of the battery tray. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 211

    13. Clean the battery tray after removing the battery for storage. Dry the battery tray and, if paint is missing, re-paint the area. 14. Slow charge the battery (see following section) once every 30 days. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 212

    An automotive charger can overheat a PWC battery and cause permanent damage. (1) “trickle” charger Be sure to read the information that came with your battery charger and follow the instructions on the battery. Improper charging may damage the battery. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 213: Appearance Care

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

  • Page 214

    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 215

    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 216

    Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 217: Tips

    Tips Here's a few helpful tips on how to store and Storing Your Honda ....210 transport your Honda, and how to be an Transporting Your PWC .

  • Page 218: 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 219

    Storing Your Honda 1. Flush the engine cooling system (page NOTICE 193). After flushing, disconnect the garden hose. Avoid running the engine without water flow for more than 15 seconds to prevent severe 2. Remove the bilge drain plugs to drain any water.

  • Page 220

    Storing Your Honda 4. To prevent rusting in the cylinders, perform 5. 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 221

    Avoid such as CRC 6-56 or an equivalent). using plastic or similar non-breathing, (ARX1500T3DX/T3 only: Also rinse and coated materials that restrict air flow and dry the turbocharger, and spray it with the allow heat and moisture to accumulate.

  • Page 222

    Storing Your Honda Removal from Storage Refer to Safety Precautions on page 146. 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 223

    Storing Your Honda 7. Perform the engine flushing procedure (page 193). 8. Check all hoses for cracking, and looseness. 9. Install the bilge drain plugs. Check they are secure. 10. Check that the fire extinguisher is not beyond its expiration date and charge or replace, if necessary.

  • Page 224: 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 225: 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 226

    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 227: Taking Care Of The Unexpected

    Taking Care of the Unexpected This section discusses the more common General Guidelines ....220 problems that can occur with your PWC If Your Engine Quits or Won't Start ..221 while you're riding.

  • Page 228: 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 229: 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 230

    See Flooded Engine (page 117) . 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 204) .

  • Page 231

    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 224.

  • Page 232: If Your Engine Overheats

    (ARX1500T3DX) To stop the warning beeper, press and hold • Return to shore immediately and shut off any one of the six control buttons (WP SET, the engine.

  • Page 233

    PWC (under 3,000 rpm). Monitor the high engine cooling water temperature indicator. If the engine still overheats, shut off the engine. Transport your PWC to a Honda PWC dealer (page 216). NOTICE Continuing to ride with an overheated engine can cause serious engine damage.

  • Page 234: Lights

    • After adding oil, start the engine, and check that the low oil pressure indicator (ARX1500T3DX) goes off. Check for a possible leak. To stop the warning beeper, press and hold any one of the six control buttons (WP SET, MODE, ID SET, ID No., +, or –) for more...

  • Page 235

    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 236: 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 15 A, 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 237

    If a Fuse Blows REAR Main Fuse Access: 1. To access the main fuse (1), remove the rear seat (page 158) and rear storage box (2) to access the engine compartment. 2. Remove the fuse box cover (3). ENGINE COMPARTMENT (2) rear storage box 3.

  • Page 238

    If a Fuse Blows Circuit Fuse Access: ENGINE COMPARTMENT 4. To check or replace a circuit fuses (6), 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 fuses (7) of the same rating.

  • Page 239

    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 240: If You Have A Collision

    PWC person or vehicle is involved in the collision. 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 241: 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 242: 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 243

    Get towed to shore. Refer compartment. to If Your PWC Is Submerged, page 236. See your Honda PWC dealer immediately to avoid possible severe engine damage. Taking Care of the Unexpected...

  • Page 244: If Your Pwc Is Submerged

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

  • Page 245

    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 171). 2. Using the flushing procedure (page 193),...

  • Page 246: 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 247

    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, and jet pump steering nozzle) of the water intake/propulsion system. 1. After shutting the engine off, remove your 7.

  • Page 248: 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 249: Technical Information

    Technical Information This section contains dimensions, capacities, Vehicle Identification ....242 and other technical data, plus information on Specifications ..... .245 government requirements and how to break- Break-in Guidelines .

  • Page 250: 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 251

    Vehicle Identification The hull identification numbers (HIN) (2) is The engine number (3) is stamped on the top located on the hull at the rear of the PWC, and of the oil tank. inside the hull on the left side of the PWC. UNDER FRONT SEAT REAR LEFT SIDE...

  • Page 252

    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 253: Specifications

    49.0 in (1,245 mm) overall height 42.3 in (1,075 mm) Weight dry weight ARX1500T3DX: 842 lbs (382 kg) ARX1500T3: 838 lbs (380 kg) ARX1500N3: 813 lbs (369 kg) Fuel & Lubricants fuel recommendation premium unleaded gasoline, pump octane number of 91 or higher 18.49 US gal (70.0 R)

  • Page 254

    API service label. SAE 10W-30 JASO T903 standard MA Pro Honda GN4 4-stroke oil (USA & Canada) or Honda 4-stroke oil (Canada only), or an equivalent motorcycle oil Water-displacement corrosion-proof lubricant (without Teflon or molybdenum lubricant...

  • Page 255

    100 rpm Performance ARX1500T3DX/T3: 147.1 kW (197.3 HP)/6,500 rpm maximum output ARX1500N3: 114 kW (153 HP)/7,500 rpm ARX1500T3DX/T3: 17.07 US gal/hour (64.6R /hour)/6,500 rpm fuel consumption ARX1500N3: 11.89 US gal/hour (45R /hour)/7,500 rpm cruising range ARX1500T3DX/T3: 1.08 hours (at full throttle) ARX1500N3: 1.47 hours (at full throttle)

  • Page 256

    Specifications Propulsion System jet pump type axial flow, single stage minimum level for 3 feet (90 cm) 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 257: Break-in Guidelines

    Break-in Guidelines Help assure your PWC’s future reliability and performance by paying extra attention to how you ride during the first tank full of fuel. During the first 5 minutes: • Use the lowest possible speed. During the remainder of the first full fuel tank: •...

  • Page 258: Emission Control Systems

    EPA and California regulations require all manufacturers to furnish written instructions describing the operation and maintenance of 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 259

    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 260

    Emission Control Systems Exhaust Emission Control System Crankcase Emission Control System The exhaust emission control system The engine is equipped with a closed includes a PGM-FI system. crankcase system to prevent discharging crankcase emissions into the atmosphere. Blow-by gas is returned to the combustion PGM-FI System The PGM-FI system uses sequential chamber through the air cleaner and the...

  • Page 261

    Problems That May Affect PWC Exhaust Emissions If you are aware of any of the following symptoms, have the vehicle inspected and repaired by your authorized Honda PWC dealer. Symptoms: 1. Hard starting or stalling after starting 2. Rough idle 3.

  • Page 262: Star Label (usa Only)

    Star Label (USA only) A star label was applied to this PWC in accordance with the requirements of the California Air Resources Board. The Symbol for Cleaner Marine Engines: Cleaner Air and Water - for healthier lifestyle and environment. Better Fuel Economy - burns up to 30-40 percent less gas and oil than conventional carbureted two-stroke engines, saving money and resources.

  • Page 263

    Star Label (USA only) 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 264

    Star Label (USA only) Four Stars Super Ultra Low Emission Three Stars Ultra Low Emission The four-star label identifies engines that meet the 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...

  • Page 265: 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 266

    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 267: Consumer Information

    Warranty Service ....264 Contacting Honda ....265 Your Honda PWC Dealer .

  • Page 268: Authorized Manuals

    (USA only, Canada: See your Honda dealer to order authorized manuals.) 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 269

    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 (USA only). Canada: See your Honda PWC dealer to order authorized manuals. Publication Item No. Item Description Qty.

  • Page 270

    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 / P. O. BOX Apartment Number City State Zip Code Daytime Telephone Number ( Check or money order enclosed payable to Helm Inc.

  • Page 271: Warranty Coverage

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

  • Page 272: Warranty Service

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

  • Page 273: Contacting Honda

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

  • Page 274: Your Honda Pwc Dealer

    Parts, Pro Honda products, Honda Genuine Accessories (USA only), and Honda accessories and products (Canada only). The same quality that went into your Honda can be found in Honda Genuine replacement parts. You'll also find comparable quality in the accessories and products available from the parts department.

  • Page 275: The Honda Rider's Club (usa Only)

    The Honda Rider’s Club (USA only) You may be eligible for a Honda Rider’s Club of America (HRCA) membership with the purchase of your new Honda. You can log on to the HRCA Clubhouse website for details at www. hrca. honda. com.

  • Page 276: Reporting Safety Defects (usa Only)

    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 277

    Consumer Information...

  • Page 278: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents The following presents the contents of each Digital Clock (ARX1500T3DX) ..37 section of your owner's manual. Digital Clock (ARX1500T3/N3) ..39 Controls & Features ....41 PWC SAFETY .

  • Page 279

    BEFORE RIDING ....89 (ARX1500T3DX only) ....59 Are You Ready to Ride? ....90 Introduction .

  • Page 280

    Navigation Rules ....110 SERVICING YOUR HONDA ..141 Starting & Stopping the Engine ..114 Before You Service Your Honda Preparation .

  • Page 281

    Specifications ..... . 245 Storing Your Honda ....210 Break-in Guidelines .

  • Page 282

    Warranty Service ....264 Contacting Honda ....265 Your Honda PWC Dealer .

  • Page 283

    Table of Contents...

  • Page 284: Index

    ID No......31 American Honda, contacting ..265 ID SET .

  • Page 285

    Index maintenance ..... 152 oil ......162 consumer information .

  • Page 286

    ... . . 26, 32, 226 Honda, PGM-FI ......25 contacting .

  • Page 287

    Index intake/propulsion system, cleaning ..238 load limits ......99 loading guidelines ....100 locations, component, instruments and controls .

  • Page 288

    Index pre-ride inspection ....94 problems, unexpected ....219 propulsion, PWC .

  • Page 289

    Index safety precautions ....108 speedometer ......27 with passengers or cargo .

  • Page 290

    Index tool kit ......156 WP SET button ..... 28 training, rider .

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    Index...

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    Index...

  • Page 293: 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 294

    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 295

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

  • Page 296

    Engine Oil API Service Classification SG or higher except oils labeled as energy conserving on the circular API service label. SAE 10W-30, JASO T 903 standard MA, Pro Honda GN4 4-stroke oil or equivalent 525 lbs (238.5 kg) Maximum Weight...

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