I have a closed loop cooled 454 in my Baja, I have used the boat in fresh water, but, I believe the previous owner may have used it in salt water occasionally. I was wondering how I would go about "flushing/cleaning" the cooling system. It seems to work well, but, where I boat the water is pretty shallow [dirty] near my dock and even "fresh" water has crap floating around in it. I also dont have a sea strainer [no room in that tiny little boat]
I was thinking about doing this before I winterize the boat:
Pulling off the "outlet" hose off the raw water pump and filling it up with "CLR" or something similiar and letting it sit overnite, then hooking the hose back up, starting the boat on the muffs and flushing the "CLR" out with water. I was gonna put the outlet hose as high as I could to try and push the CLR through the system as far as I can, I doubt there would be enough pressure just from gravity to push the CLR into the heat exchanger completely, but, I figured it would get inside the cooler and partially inside the heat exchanger.
Is there something better than CLR? Do you guys think this would help? OR do I risk plugging the whole damn thing up with the crap that the CLR unattaches?
I have had a few people recommend using the muffs with "city water", but, the boat is at my cottage, which is on an Island, and we pull water out of a well, its filtered and drinkable, but, still not as "clean" as city water.
ANY input appreciated, thanks guys!