Sea-Doo Fault Codes

Sea-Doo has been an industry leader in the field of jet skis and watercraft for more than 25 years. The company is a Canadian brand that offers an exciting range of personal watercraft or PWC’s.

Their mission statement is simple – ‘to give all our customers a memorable and enjoyable water experience’.

Sometimes this means making sure their customers are safe and can figure out what is wrong with their Sea-Doo when there is a problem. That’s where Sea-Doo fault codes come into play.

What are sea doo fault codes? Sea-Doo fault codes are trouble-shooting codes that are stored on your jet ski’s onboard computer or EMS (Engine Management System). The EMS will activate an error or fault code on your handlebar display if you have a problem with any of your jet ski systems. 

While Sea-Doo tries to ensure the quality of all their watercraft, there may be frustrating times when a ‘fault’ occurs.

If you find that your jet ski is acting up or you’re having engine problems, don’t panic, there is a way for you to check for an error or fault code which will help you fix the problem. 

The problem can be something as simple as needing to refuel, a faulty sensor or something more complicated like a faulty injector or fuel pump.

In the unlikely event of a problem, the combination of your display gauge and the fault codes are there to help you identify your issue. 

How Do I Check for a Fault Code on a Sea-Doo? 

If you are having problems with your Sea-Doo jet ski, first check the display gauge on your handle-bar.

When a fault occurs the Engine Management System will send a visual or audible alarm.

There are some recognizable standard alarms and indicators for simple problems that you also find on your car.

The symbols for temperature indicators and oil pressure alarms should all be familiar to you.

Not so familiar indicators are the ‘Check Engine’ or ‘Limp Home’ modes.

These messages will notify you if there is a minor (check engine) or more serious (limp home) problem with your engine.

Models with the exclusive Sea-Doo iBR or Intelligent Brake and Reverse system have their own specific warning light.

For more complicated problems you will need to access your fault codes.

Accessing Your Fault Codes

If your Sea-Doo jet ski is showing an error message or fault code that you can’t immediately identify, you will need to access the onboard computer to find out what the problem is. 

To do this press the MODE or SET button several times to access the fault code menu.

There may be more than one code displayed, but this is quite normal. Scroll up and down until END appears.

Scrolling will bring up the full list of faults enabling you to find the ones you need. To exit the menu, press the MODE button (source).

NB: If you encounter an unusually long list of fault codes, this could be down to a burnt-out fuse (or fuses).

How Do I Clear the Fault Code on a Sea-Doo?

For minor faults, the fault message or beeper alarm will clear as soon as the problem has been addressed.

For more serious faults, once you have identified and fixed the problem, you will need to take your jet ski into your local dealership – only an authorized Sea-Doo dealer can clear the fault. 

Sea-Doo designed The EMS (Engine Management System) to remember the codes once they have warned you of a problem.

The EMS will need to be reset by an expert using the right tools, to clear the fault code. Otherwise, the system will remember the fault code even after your Sea-Doo has been fixed and switched off!

But don’t worry, your Sea-Doo jet ski is backed by your dealership warranty and a network of authorised and specially trained dealers who are there to provide you with the service, parts, or accessories you require.

A Condensed List of Sea-Doo Fault Codes

The following list gives examples of some of the Sea-Doo fault codes and their meanings to help you with standard display faults that may occur.

To find a full list of all the Sea-Doo 4-stroke jet ski fault codes, please refer to the manufacturers manual written for your specific model (source).

Exhaust and Manifold Fault Codes:

P0106The Manifold Atmospheric Pressure (MAP) sensor is out of range.
P0107The Manifold Atmospheric Pressure (MAP) sensor or the Manifold Barometric Pressure (MBP) sensor may have shorted to the ground.
P0108Manifold Atmospheric Pressure sensor or Manifold Barometric Pressure sensor has shorted to a 12V or open circuit.
P0111The air Intake Manifold Temperature sensor is faulty.
P0112The Intake Manifold sensor has shorted to ground.
P0113The Intake Manifold has shorted to a 12V or open circuit.

Engine Sensor Fault Codes:

P0116The engine temperature sensor is faulty.
P0117The engine temperature sensor has shorted to ground.
P0118The engine temperature sensor has shorted to a 12V or open circuit.

Throttle Fault Codes:

P0122TPS (Throttle Position Sensor) is out of range – short to ground?
P0123TPS out of range – short to 12V or open circuit?

Fuel pump and Injector Fault Codes:

P01231The fuel pump shorted to ground or open circuit.
P0232The fuel pump has shorted to a 12V circuit.
P0261#1 injector short to ground or open circuit.
P0262#1 injector shorted to a 12V circuit.
P0264#2 injector short to ground or open circuit.
P0265#2 injector shorted to a 12V circuit.
P0267#3 injector short to ground or open circuit.
P0268#3 injector shorted to a 12V circuit.

Crankshaft and Camshaft Fault Codes:

P0336Crankshaft Position Sensor (CPS) – the wrong RPM detected
P0337No CPS signal, but the Camshaft Position Sensor (CAPS) signal detected
P0339Crankshaft signal fault not plausible with a camshaft signal.
P0344 The camshaft phase sensor signal is missing.

Ignition Fault Codes:

P0351Ignition coil #1 open circuit or shorted to ground or to 12V
P0352Ignition coil #2 open circuit or shorted to ground or to 12V
P0353Ignition coil #3 open circuit or shorted to ground or to 12V

Fuel Indicator Fault Codes:

P0461Fuel level sensor circuit out of range
P0462Fuel level sensor shorted to the ground.
P0463Fuel level sensor circuit shorted to a 12 volt or open circuit.

Miscellaneous Codes:

P0505DLA output stage cutoff memory circuit or output stage fault or open circuit or short to 12V
P0513Incorrect DESS key (Digital Encoded Security System)

The above lists are by no means complete as every component has been assigned more than one fault code to address specific problems.

The intention of these lists is to provide an example of how the codes will be displayed and how to read them. 

To find the exact meaning of each individual code, you will need to refer to the manufacturer’s Owner’s Manual.

You also have the option of contacting your nearest friendly Sea-Doo dealer for assistance.

Your Safety and Enjoyment are Sea-Doo’s Priority

While Bombardier Recreational Products, the manufacturer and distributors of Sea-Doo, strive to provide you with a top-quality jet ski, nothing is perfect.

To get the most out of your new Sea-Doo, be sure to take the time to read the manual provided. 

In taking the time to read the manual, you will gain valuable knowledge on how to operate your jet ski, know your checks for pre-ride and post-ride maintenance, as well as information on when to perform essential and routine engine maintenance. 

Other handy information to know includes tips for docking, beaching and anchoring in those articles on this site.

The manual also provides information on additional accessories you can purchase as well as where to locate the components listed in the fault codes (source).

Routine Maintenance

The primary focus of this article is to assist you in understanding the Sea-Doo fault codes. However, it is undoubtedly better if you could avoid these fault codes altogether! 

Routine maintenance will help you spend more hours on the water than in your garage. Always follow the guidelines for routine servicing in your manual. 

Remember to always rinse and clean your jet ski after each use, this is especially important if you use it in saltwater. 

If you are unsure about maintaining or operating your new jet ski, contact your nearest dealer. 

Following these simple guidelines will ensure that you get the most out of your jet ski. 

Final Thoughts

Owning and operating a Sea-Doo jet ski takes commitment and a certain amount of dedication. Perform all the necessary maintenance and upkeep. Maintenance equals hours of fun. Consider getting the right accessories for your particular uses.

To get the full benefits from owning and operating your Sea-Doo jet ski it is highly recommended that you take a boat safety course.

Your local authority should be able to provide you with the details.

Of course, the essential component of owning a jet ski is to get out there and have fun on the water!


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Tim Conner, M.D.

Tim Conner, M.D. started boating in 1974. He has been involved in recreational boating continuously since then. Dr. Conner has been active in boating and watersports safety education for decades. He rode his first jet ski in 1997, and rejoined the personal watercraft arena in 2012 with a Sea-Doo GTX 155, followed by 2 supercharged SeaDoos. Scuba certification came in 1988, and he and the family have traveled the world snorkeling and scuba diving for decades. The family has recently taken up paddle boarding. Click the photo for a lot more.

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