It’s important to remember the reason for winterizing, we want to protect the engine and its systems from freezing, rust and corrosion. It is better to do your routine maintenance at the end of the season rather than beginning as any problems encountered will have lots of time to be fixed in. (Pictures below, click to enlarge.) Special thanks to my hubby Mike for his help on this article! As always, if something doesn’t make sense, talk with your marine engine mechanic.
Side note: It’s better to change the engine and transmission oil at your fall lay up because the old oils will most likely contain harmful acids and other contaminants and you don’t want them working on your engine all winter long!
If your boat has a heater (yes many of us water sports lovers have heaters on our boats….it’s cold up here!) or if you have a shower then follow this next section also. Remember we want to also protect from freezing weather, so it’s important to remove any water hiding in the hoses. These next steps will drain/remove the water from engine and lines to the heater and shower.
Be sure to leave yourself a note (on the steering wheel near the ignition key?) to remind yourself in the spring of what you need to reconnect and tighten up!
Side note: If your boat has a transmission cooler, it might be helpful to unhook both hoses (in take and out flow) and back flush on the out flow with a garden hose. We (meaning my hubby) have found trash hiding there over the years. This can cause overheating in your transmission.
Please remember to help out if you can.
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