Very difficult if you can't take it for a test ride. If sold without taking
it for a ride, it's almost impossible to tell what could be wrong, besides
basic engine tests. Compression test of course will tell you if there's any
leaks (not for everything, but you'll get a good idea). Look for oil in the
hull....but then again it could have been cleaned up real good. Check the
prop for damage if you can even see it. Cavitation happens with a bad prop.
Wear ring...check it out, but it's almost impossible to see. Two stroke
engines can go through hell, and they do run dirty when they run perfect, so
it's real hard to tell without a test ride. You can't test for cavitation
without water. Check the handlebars. If they are bent or out of wack, it's
probably used for wave jumping. Also, engine/motor mounts. If they look beat
up, broken or loose...maybe wave jumping also. Wave jumping with a PWC will
shorten it's life much quicker. If it's rode in salt water check in side the
hull for any salt water damage. Even though most things made on/in a PWC do
not rust...there's always some kind of salt damage some where. If there's an
unusual large amount in the hull, could have been under water...run away!
If able to test ride it...see how it starts up. Excessive smoke and what
color? Does it hesitate when punching the throttle? Does it stall out? Punch
it from idle, does it cavitate? Power band seem ok? Check the steering and
tracking. Use common sense also!!!
A well taken care of PWC will always start within one or two hits of the
start button. It will not smoke alot unless it's been fogged recently. Some
two stroke do more then others though. You also can tell if it's been taken
care. The small things that give it away. Good luck!
"gprimerib" wrote in message
> Hi gang,
> I'm new to PWC's but I've been considering a purchase for quite some
> time (2yrs). Rather than spend big bucks on a new one to see whether I
> like it or not, I've decided to save a few dollars and buy a used one
> to "test the waters" if you will. haha
> So can you PWC veterans offer advice on what to look for in a used PWCs
> as far as common problems, excessive wear parts, things to ask/check,
> etc?? (especially in a '95 Kawasaki ST) I'd appreciate any help on
> this subject.
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