This is part five of the restoration of
my buddy Mike’s Yamaha wave Raider. The original problem had something to do
with the starter. It wouldn’t start. I don’t remember – It’s been so long. I
thought you’d hit it and sometimes it would turn, sometimes it wouldn’t. Mostly it
wouldn’t. I took the starter out, took it down to the auto shop and had it tested.
Now they have a bench down there that all you have to do is put the make and
model of the car and then they’ll hook some power to it and run it for you. That’s
great but they don’t have anything for jetski. So I told them it was a 62
Volkswagen Beetle. It turn turns just fine so we’ve got a good starter – a known
good starter. I painted it up, cleaned it up a little. It’s been a couple years. Of course
it’s more complicated than that. Because, well, isn’t it always? the starter mounts
to the motor right here. It has bolt here and here and both of these bolts sheared
off when I took them out. Now since then I’ve taken a drill drilled out these two
holes, tapped them out. Now we’re ready to reinstall the starter. Piece of cake, just
two bolts and you’re off to the races. But then as I said, things aren’t always
that easy, are they? Check this out: Output shaft from the motor turns fine. Input
shaft to the jet pump turns not at all, thank you very much. Let’s take a look
underneath this baby and see what’s causing that shaft not to turn. All right, tell me about this highly
modified car. See we got a rocket. Yeah, what do you suppose is gonna happen here
when you push that button mister? I have a feeling that rocket’s goin to go straigh down that line into the Browns’ house. Are you sure that do the Browns
know about this? Now why did that thing stop? All right, let me see. Very good let
me see. The rocket is sticking out the end of the car now. Tha, my friends, is a true story. I
remember the string disappearing I don’t remember it being a big deal at the time
but now that it’s shown back up on this ski it all comes back to me. I had to go
dig up that video. I think it’s hilarious. Anyway, I don’t think that’s causing the
problem. You can see we cut the string off of the shaft and then you saw
me put the wrench on there and try to wiggle it. It looks like the impeller’s
probably jammed on the wear ring kind of like the problem we had on the SeaDoo a while back. So what I’d like to do next is let’s go ahead and pop that jet
pump off and see where it’s binding. Well there you go. That’s two for two. Four
bolts hold that thing on. I pulled two of them so far and two of them are broken off. Gotta love a saltwater ski. Honestly I want to be grumpy right now. I really
want to be grumpy. If I might state the obvious, get parts off a fresh water ski
anytime you can. There’s two that didn’t break off. I tried prying those pump sections
apart. There’s some tabs on the side. You Jam a screwdriver in there and flick it and they come apart. The steering jet came off the other sections ,they’re not
coming apart. We need to move on to, you know, plan B.you’ve seen this before. This is fun. Max, you think you can pull this jet pump off? All right, let’s see if Max
can pull it off. He’s gonna need a little help. That’s right. You have seen this before.
We did this at nighttime last time in the driveway in the old house. I’m not
gonna lie, every time that happens I am just amazed that is the right procedure.
But it comes right off. Amazing. And you guys know how much I love
getting packages. This one I paid for but it’s still fun to get it. What the heck? Utah Crankshaft and Short Block. Cool,got a sticker for my toolbox. One Yamaha wear ring. Let’s see if we can get this bad boy on. Yeah, that wear ring fits pretty good. Here’s here’s the problem right here. You see
the surface? See how it’s flat nice and flat like
that? It’s not supposed to be nice and flat. It’s supposed to be pointy kind of like that. Pointier than that. It’s
supposed to be a really small small tapered surface here that fits flush up
against the edge. See that space in there? Okay? What’s going on it’s this: Let me
show you. This is the stock wearing and as you can see it’s made out of metal.
Yeah, it is not a Delrin wearing so I guess it’s technically not a wearing.
It’s just a ring. That ring has swollen. There’s some bulges in the surface of
that metal there. That’s what’s causing the problems. I’ll be honest, I didn’t see
that coming. I expected the Delrin wearing. I didn’t
expect a metal wear ring. Who knew, huh? Who would put a metal wear ring in there?
That thing absolutely chewed up the impeller. So I’ve got another impeller on
order already. We’ve got the Delrin 144 millimeter wear ring all ready to go. We
should be able to just put this thing back together as soon as I figure out
how to get that metal wear ring out. Like you saw in episode one and two and three
and four and five, if you don’t mind working on this stuff and you get some
enjoyment out of it, hey, stay with these old skis. Evbentually we’re gonna get this
bad boy running. If it drives you crazy, just give up and buy a new one. Thanks
for sticking with me. I hope you enjoy these. Like or subscribe if you feel it.
I’ll be back at you soon as we get the new impeller. Thanks for watching.