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Old 10-05-2003, 08:49 PM
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I took my outlaw to the Marina to be winterized on saturday. The guy did 3 Things:

1) He started the motor on the hose (ears) and let it run for about 10 minutes.

2) He then switched ears to some that were hooked up to a bilge pump submerged in a horse trough full of -100 degree antifreeze (exposed to the elements and all the water that was coming out of my exhaust). He started it up and let it run for about 3 - 4 minutes.

3) He dumps a unmeasured amount of generic stabil (says mercury put out a memo saying do not use stabil brand) and says I am good to go.

Is this a complete job??? What else do I need to do. This is a Tyler Crockett motor that I have alot of money into, I do not want to take any chances

How much would you pay for the above services???

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Old 10-05-2003, 08:57 PM
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I would pull the plugs and spray some FOGING agent in each cylinder and put the plugs back in tight. Rag's
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Drain a little of the antifreeze from your block and test it to see if the freeze protection is adequate. You can buy a tester at NAPA or most auto parts stores. Check out this thread:
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Old 10-05-2003, 09:13 PM
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Rags

I have aluminum heads so I am always paranoid about messing with the plugs

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Old 10-05-2003, 10:18 PM
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guess changing the oil, plugs filters and pulling the drive to grease and check alignement is not important to this marina
I feel you should post WHAT marina it is so no one else will be shafted..

Follow the list, check everything twice and do it yourself.
If you paid mor then 100 bucks for that you got ripped IMHO.

He only used at best 40 bucks you price of antifreeze and for 15 min of work at 80 bucks/hour gave him a profit margin of over 40 bucks.
That forty is not worth the extras that you will have to have done agian.
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This is what I do:

1. Add name brand of fuel stabilizer to at least 3/4 tank of fresh fuel Run engine till oil temp is above 170 degrees(approx) and of course on muffs or better yet take it out for a run, this gets the drive oil nice and heated up.

2. Drain the engine crankcase and drive unit of oils and replace oil filter and fuel seperator. Refill both units with approved fluids I use nothing but Mercruiser 25w40 motor oil and hi perf gear oil for the drive.

3. My brother in law made up a 5 gallon bucket with a spigot in the side at the bottom for the hose and muffs to attach to. I take out the thermostat and drain the block of any water. Fill the bucket with RV antifreeze and have a few ready to top off the bucket. Fire up the engine with the muffs hooked up to the bucket full of A/Freeze, run until you put at least 8 gallons in the bucket and you can see Antifreeze coming out of the exhaust. Shut it off check all the fluid levels and top off if needed.

4. Loosen all drive belts to lessen side loading of any accesories.

5. Check bolt torque on all drive attaching nuts and gimbal ring clamp bolts(50 ft. lbs.)

6. Spray engine down with anti corrosive spray

7. Wash and wax boat. Put no-damps throughout interior and cockpit. Install cover

8. Walk to the starboard side and give the hull a big hug and walk away .....Don't Look Back!!! Spring will be here soon enough!!!!
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Hopefully #3 in your list was done before #1. If it wasn't the stablizer didn't reach your fuel system of the engine and isn't doing any good.

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Read all of #1......Add stabilizer and run engine till warm ....Common sense would have you hook up the hose or take it for a ride( which is what I did yesterday), with a full tank of treated fuel.
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If you don't want to pull the plugs to lube the cylinders, the next best thing is to fog the engine while running.

Start the and blast fogging oil down the carb or TB while trying to keep the engine running. Once it dies from the oil, leave it down and consider it lubed.

Now you just need to get the antifreeze in or make sure all of the water is out!
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read this thread from the tech forum http://www.offshoreonly.com/forums/s...threadid=60302
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