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yep took the other kill my wallet challenge, gonna need to do winterize soon whats the best does n donts
 

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Once i pull my boat out, and pull all the drain plugs, i'll power wash all the scum ff that has built up all spring, summer and fall with starbrite hull cleaner, or slimy grimy. After its good and clean clean, it gets the tech shine treatment.
Outboard engine gets the lower unit gear oil change, plus the spark plugs are pulled and cylinders fogged...btw this is a 2 stroke, but i've do the same for a 4 stroke. I go over greasing the zerks related to the steering mech. If all looks ok from there its in the garage to sleep another winter.
 

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i have the anti freeze switch tank ,but from vids it still says to pull the block and manifolded plugs after done , wouldnt be better to leave the anti freeze in , and what about the outdrive ,need the sure path thanks
 

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cant get mine in the gerg , sleds and wheelers have that spot and lawn stuff ect ect has a new engine ie block cracked dont need that
 

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My 19 footer didn't fit my garage, so it sat on the front lawn all winter. Finally sold it year ago for a used 17 ft. boston whaler....fits perfect now.
 

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Put fuel stabilizer in it and run it for a bit to get it in the entire fuel system.
Lower the sterndrive and change the gearlube noting if it's milky or water is present.
Pull the engine and exhaust manifold drain plugs and drain all the water out of the block and exhaust manifolds. I always run a screwdriver into the drain holes to break up any debris that might block the water from draining and then cracking the block.
You could put the plugs back in and run RV antifreeze into the cooling system via the lower unit water intake if you had a bucket with a pump hooked up, but not necessary. Just remember to put the drain plugs in before you run it next year.
 

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Run stablizer through it, drain block, change oil, change lower end lube, run on anti freeze, drain block again, put plugs back in the block, unhook or remove battery for the winter.
 

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so i take it after antifreeze flush still drain the block , and manifolds, what about draining the drive is that necessary also
 

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Run the boat up to temp on the muffs ensuring that the thermostat would be open, switch the antifreeze until it spews pink out the exhaust. Pull block and manifold drains and to be safe I pull the lowest hose off circulating pump, oil cooler and raw water pump (if it’s a bravo boat). Always run a small screw driver or something similar up the drains to ensure they are clear.
I leave the plugs out for the winter time personally.
There is so many different ways to do it that everyone’s way will be a little different I’m sure, but most will work just fine. The antifreeze is more so to displace the water and flush it out rather than to replace the water so it doesn’t sit all winter. I personally like to have nothing sitting in the block. Air doesn’t freeze, and what little bit of antifreeze is still in there, you won’t have to worry about.
 

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When your engine has been warned up it would be a good time to change engine oil and filter. Acids in the dirty oil eches the
Crank bearings during long term storage.
Gear oil is easier to change after engine has warned up. Fuel filter/water separator should be changed. If fuel injected a little 2stroke oil in the fuel module when filter is being changed. If it has a carburetor fog the engine.
Grease gimbal bearing if it has a grease zert for it.
 

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I pull the drain plugs on the sides of the block. Use a stiff wire and twist it around in the plug hole to help drain all the water out of the block. Put the plugs back in. I also pull the drain plugs that are on the hoses under the exhaust manifolds. I then pull the large hose off the top of the thermostat housing and pour in RV antifreeze to fill the block with antifreeze. This will dilute any leftover water that may be trapped in the block and prevent the block from cracking. I tryed to just drain it one year without adding the antifreeze, Must not have gotten all the water out. The water that was left blew the freeze plugs and cracked the block. Lucky I was able to fix it with JB Weld and new frost plugs. That was 15 years ago. Still holding today. Never had an issue after I began using Anitfreeze.
 

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Also don’t for get to drain the exhaust. Most boats have 4 plugs. The reason you drain the block again is so you don’t forget and blow anti freeze into the lake on the first time out because you forgot. There is also nothing to drain on the lower unit. Just change the lube into to make sure there is no water in it. And don’t forget you fill the drive from the lower hole until it comes out the top hole.
 
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