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I have a 98 seadoo sportster and it will only start by jumping the solenoid and mashing the start button.

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Either the solenoid itself is shot or it's not getting power to the small wire which tells the solenoid to send power to the battery. Check for voltage at the small wire when mashing the starter, if it's good then the solenoid is the culprit

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Check these couple things out and report back. We will go on from there. Just post a comment to this question to get back to me.

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