Winterizing your boat motor during the months you do not use the boat is a very important thing to do. Motors that do not get properly winterizied will give you problems and are prone to getting damaged along with the problems that occur from sitting around all winter without the proper care. So in order for you to protect your boat motor and to extend its lifetime follow this guide. This guide is targeted for kicker motors.
First off you will need some supplies for the motor (Link to best fogging oil)
- Fuel Stablizer
- Marine engine fogging oil
- Muffs (For water cooled motors)
All these products you can buy online or at any marine store. I recommend the fogging oil linked to. The stuff works great. Now comes the first part, stablizing your fuel. Pour the stablizier into the fuel and follow all directions on the bottle. Mix it around and run the motor long enough to have it work through the motor. You can do this at the marina before you take the boat out of the water for the last time. Fuel stablizier will help with corrosion in the gas tank and keep the gas from going bad on you and plugging up fuel lines.
Once you get your boat home you will want to flush out the cooling system. To do this you will need a hose and a set of muffs that fit your boat motor. The muffs are place on the bottom where the cooling system sucks water in. Flushing this can be done while doing the next step.
The next step involves fogging out either the carbs or the pistons themselves. If your motor is fuel injected the fuel stabilizer will already be in the fuel rails. But in carburated mtors fuel stablizer will not be enough to protect the motor. If you have a carburated motor remove the air filter and start the motor. While the motor is running spray the fogging oil into each of the carbs until the motor chokes out. This fogs the pistons and the carb at the same time. For fuel injected models, remove the spark plugs and crank the motor while spraying fogging oil into each cylinder. This will prevent oxidization of the motor. Now replace spark plugs.
Now that your motor is all fogged up, you should replace any filters and change all oils, including lower end gear oil. Once this is done your motor will be already for winter! For more information about getting boats ready for winter and more how to go to my web site at Teen Sailing .