How to Clean Out the Water Pickup on a Kawasaki Jet Ski

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How to Clean Out the Water Pickup on a Kawasaki Jet Ski
Jet skis should always be cleaned and rinsed after use. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Originally known for its high-powered motorcycles, Kawasaki first developed its powerful range of jet skis in 1973. An exciting way to speed over lakes, reservoirs, and open water, personal watercraft generally require very little maintenance. Jet skis function by sucking in water through a water pickup gate on the hull and passing it through a powerful propeller that forces the water out at speed to create thrust. After use, jet skis should always be washed and rinsed, a process called "flushing," particularly if they have been in saltwater, which can cause corrosion to the engine, hull and moving parts.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Water
  • Hose
  • Dry towel or cloth

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Push or lift the jet ski out of the water immediately after use. If you have a trailer, ensure you place the back of the jet ski at the lower of the two ends so that water drains away more quickly from the personal watercraft.

  2. 2

    Connect a hose to a water supply and thoroughly rinse the jet ski's hull. Pay particular attention to the bottom of the hull at the rear of the machine, where the water pickup gate is located, as sand, dirt or salt may have accumulated there.

  3. 3

    Remove any visible debris such as vegetation of plastic packaging with your hands from the water pickup gate and rinse the area again.

  4. 4

    Turn off the hose and dry the entire body of the jet ski with a clean towel or cloth.

  5. 5

    Check that there is no dirt or debris left inside the jet ski. You may wish to roll the machine on its side to get a better look at its water pickup gate.

Tips and warnings

  • In addition to cleaning the jet ski's water pickup, owners should flush out the personal watercraft's engine and inner components by connecting the hose to the flush intake valve and running the engine for 10 to 15 seconds.
  • Never start the jet ski's engine when the machine is out of the water, apart from when it is being flushed.
  • Ensure that the jet ski is turned off while you are removing dirt and debris from the water pickup gate area.

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