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Kevin 89MC
10-21-2005, 10:06 AM
Whoever came up with the idea of using 2 paint can openers to pull the impeller is a genius! After struggling with the impeller removal every fall for the last 9 years, I used that trick last night. I had it out about 1 second later, and no scraped/smashed nuckles from using pliers and hitting the pylon. :D It's like those openers were designed perfectly for that chore. I then used the other end of one to open a beer! :toast:
Also the brass drain valves from Ski-Dim that I installed worked great, too. I go lots of flow out of them, and so much easier than fighting with those plugs on the manifolds, and watching the water drip from the old engine sillcocks, wondering if all the water is out.
Changed the oil, fogged the cylinders, drained the hoses, added 1 gal of antifreeze and it's winterized quicker than ever before.
This board is so great! :dance:
Kevin

east tx skier
10-21-2005, 10:15 AM
Good deal, glad it wasn't a chore. I'd say we have another month here if I had to guess.

erkoehler
10-21-2005, 10:25 AM
Sorry to hear you are winterized :( , but happy to hear it has gotten easier for you. :D

Hopefully 1 month more for me.... :cool:

RickDV
10-21-2005, 11:20 AM
Kevin - coulda used your post a couple days earlier. Sure wish I knew that last Saturday. Thanks for the tip. I wil have to remember to include one of these in my boat tool box.

Tenderfoot
10-27-2005, 12:23 PM
Does everyone always remove the impeller each year for winterization? I have a 2005 197 and the front mounted pump does make it easy. However, my previous boat had a GT40 with the belt driven pump and I never pulled the impeller in the winter. Only went through 2 impellers in 1200hrs. Always kept a spare and some tools under the seat so each time was 15 minutes of down time on the water.

east tx skier
10-27-2005, 12:30 PM
Since I run my boat once a month just to keep things from sitting too long, I leave it in and replace it in the Spring. If you have no intention of running it over the winter, I'd take it out so there's less likelihood of the the veins staying in one position for months on end without moving. I would suspect it weakens them.

No matter how many people tell me they've had impellers last hundreds of hours, I will replace mine every Spring without fail. It's cheap insurance. I don't worry about overheats and fishing chunks of impeller out of all my engine's nooks and crannies.

RickDV
10-27-2005, 12:32 PM
Since I run my boat once a month just to keep things from sitting too long, I leave it in and replace it in the Spring. If you have no intention of running it over the winter, I'd take it out so there's less likelihood of the the veins staying in one position for months on end without moving. I would suspect it weakens them.

No matter how many people tell me they've had impellers last hundreds of hours, I will replace mine every Spring without fail. It's cheap insurance. I don't worry about overheats and fishing chunks of impeller out of all my engine's nooks and crannies.

An additional benefit to this is that you can keep last year's impeller in the toolbox as your emergency spare in case you need to make a repair out on the water.

east tx skier
10-27-2005, 12:34 PM
Exactly. The downside is, if you're like me, you have to clean house every couple of years and end up tossing about 4 near new impellers because you're too lazy to ebay 'em. ;)

Lee Phillips
10-31-2005, 10:05 AM
I did the full winterization this weekend. When I took out the boat to run the fuel stabilizer through it, I developed a sound up near the impeller pump, or somewhere around the alternator/pulley system that sounded like a bad bearing. It is somewhat intermittant. The impeller only had 10 hours on it, and I didn't pull it when I winterized it. Is that a bad idea, should I replace it again in the spring? Any other thoughts what could cause this sound. Thanks

bigmac
10-31-2005, 10:14 AM
I did the full winterization this weekend. When I took out the boat to run the fuel stabilizer through it, I developed a sound up near the impeller pump, or somewhere around the alternator/pulley system that sounded like a bad bearing. It is somewhat intermittant. The impeller only had 10 hours on it, and I didn't pull it when I winterized it. Is that a bad idea, should I replace it again in the spring? Any other thoughts what could cause this sound. Thanks



When I hear a bad-bearing-like noise from an engine, the first thing I ever think of is alternator bearing. I suppose it could also be raw water pump bearing.

Naturally, I'm assuming that you were running your boat with a water source attached to the raw water intake somehow, and that it was providing adequate flow (water coming out the exhaust).

Lee Phillips
10-31-2005, 11:06 AM
Yes, actually put it in the drink for a 20 min. run to mix the fuel stabilizer. Not sure how to attach a water source to the raw water intake, so I just drop in the H20.