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2004 VLX died yesterday

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Had something weird happen to me on the lake yesterday. Was on the water for a couple hours and cruising at about 30 MPH. All of a sudden the engine went putter putter for about 15 seconds then died. It will turn over but it won't start. Initially I was thinking fuel pump or fuel filter. I took it over to my mechanic and that is not the problem. It is definitely getting fuel. Had to leave it with him but he is thinking it isn't getting a spark. Anyone seen this before? I am hoping it is just a loose wire somewhere.


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Wasn't a choppy day. Gauges still work. Going to check all connections today.

If it ends up being the Ignition Module, where is the best place to order online?

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That kill switch should also be on your list to check. Its easy to wire around it (but maybe not legal in your state).

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Are your gauges dead too? Was it a choppy day? Check your lanyard and its connections.


When is the last time you changed your fuel filter?

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Fuel filter this year. The engine is getting fuel. I checked the kill switch and that is not the problem either. I have taken it to a mechanic to check the ignition control module.

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Forgive me for my newer model ignorance, but does your boat have a safety lanyard? My 00 Sunsetter has one of those safety lanyard that you are supposed to wear around your wrist, ala jetski. I had the same thing happen to me. Putt'n along and then the engine died. It would still turn over but it would not start. Checked fuses, fuel, filter, etc. I remembered the lanyard. I wiggled the lanyard switch and then it fired right up.

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Talked to the mechanic just now. He says everything points towards the ignition module. He is putting a new one in late tomorrow.

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