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Like all pieces of mechanical equipment, sometimes it makes more sense to replace your jet ski rather than repair it. A cost/benefit analysis will determine which way the scales tip in favour of, and often the best long-term solution will be to replace your jet ski to avoid future repair costs. It’s always worth seeking specialist advice from a marine mechanic who will be able to diagnose the best course of action, based on the condition of your jet ski and the extent of the issue. When it comes to these six problems, however, it may mean it’s time you started thinking about replacing your jet ski sooner rather than later.

1. There is Extensive Hull Damage

Simple cracks in the hull may be easily repaired, but if there is extensive damage to the body of a watercraft – including a jet ski – it often means a replacement is on the cards. Whether you’ve hit a submerged floating log or an unexpected piece of rock, any repairs are likely to involve modifications, and a fairly costly repair bill. These may be extensive enough that it may be worth looking into a new or second hand replacement.

2. The Engine Has Flooded

When water has filled the engine bay, it can quickly render it useless. Especially if sea water has been sitting in the engine for a long time, it’s likely to lead to rust and other forms of corrosion. If the engine has flooded, draining ASAP and replacing spark plugs is a necessity. If the starter battery also has been submerged, all of the electrical components may be faulty and end up failing. The moral of the story: don’t let the engine flood. If it does, take immediate action, otherwise it’s a pretty sure sign to say goodbye to your jet ski.

3. Your Marine Mechanic Advised It

A jet ski specialist such as JSW Powersports or a team of marine mechanics will be able to assess the extent of your jet ski’s damage or engine troubles. Based on what parts are needed, the cost involved, and the chance of the problem reoccurring, you’ll be given a professional opinion. If that opinion is to retire your old wave runner to the scrapheap, it’s a pretty sure sign that a replacement is definitely something you should be considering.

4. The Battery has Been Improperly Installed

Something as simple as replacing a jet ski battery with the wrong battery type or an incorrect connection to battery terminals can singlehandedly fry the computer, engine and ignition system all at the same time. Furthermore, improper battery installation can compromise the electrical functionality of the wire harness in the jet ski. When it comes to your jet ski battery, it pays to always be very careful and have batteries fitted by a marine mechanic or jet ski specialist.

3. There is Lots of Rust

If the screws, bolts and other metalwork holding the structural integrity of your jet ski are rusted, it is going to mean a lot of work and expense to replace and repair. Whether around the engine, rust is easier to prevent than repair, so if your jet ski is officially a rust bucket, it may be time to cut your losses and start from scratch.

5. Your Jet Ski Leaks

If water is leaking inside the hull, it is likely that water could be leaking in or coming from the engine head or the exhaust. Not only can this be difficult to repair completely, but water leaks often cause further damage to components. If there is exhaust smoke leaking inside the hull, it’s another bad sign that your jet ski may fail on the open water, leaving you stranded.

Are there any other tell-tale signs that should be added to this list? Leave your answers in the comments section below.