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mbradey
10-06-2004, 10:43 PM
This is my first attempt at winterizing my boat and I have a couple of questions. What oil, how much, what filter and how ofter does one change the oil in the PS tranny. I just got back from Canadian Tire and they have no listings for boats. Any help would be appreciated as this is my first post and I want to do it right.

Thanks

jimmer2880
10-07-2004, 06:48 AM
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Check your manual for type & amounts of fluids. The amount of tranny fluid is different from the 1:1 & powerslots. You'll need to suck the old tranny fluid out. I use a drill operated pump.

I got this from:
URL: http://www.skiboathelp.com/tech/winterize.html (http://www.skiboathelp.com/tech/winterize.html)

Here is a list of items to do to winterize your boat.

Change the oil.

I don't like my motor soaking up all the acids, etc. out of the used oil all winter long.

Fill the gas tank.

Filling the tank leaves no room for moisture to condensate - hence no water in the gas come spring.

Add Sta-bil to the gas tank and run the engine for about 15 minutes.

Running the engine gets the treated gas up into the carburetor and fuel lines. It also washes the newly changed oil onto the moving parts. If your boat is raw-water cooled, you may prefer to hook up the boat to a fresh water source using Flush-pro or the like. This will help flush any lake debris that may have entered the system during the summer. On my boat it's easy, I loosen the hose clamp for the inlet hose and stuff the garden hose into it and tighten the clamp. It happens to be a perfect fit.

Fog the engine.

Fog the engine until almost dead, usually with a fogger or Marvels Mystery oil. A light weight motor oil will aslo work. I do this to give the valve train a good coating of oil to help prevent rust. Remember, this is not a 2-cycle engine like outboards. One of the things that does the most damage after long storage is dry valve guides.

Drain the water out of the block and exhaust manifolds.
Fill block with "enviromentally safe" anti-freeze.

Add an RV (usually pink and pre-mixed) antifreeze to dilute the little remaining water in the block, and to fill up the block so condensation throughout the winter doesn't help promote rust inside the block. This can be done by removing the hose at the outlet side of the water pump.

Spray the engine down with silicone.

Use a silicone spray only. Do not use WD-40 or similar products as they are usually petroleum and solvent based products that will deteriorate wire insulation, hoses, and other plastic and rubber items. Read the label before use.

Remove the battery.

Store the battery somewhere warm, like maybe the basement. Freezing without use (like a car) can cause damage. Also, don't believe the old wives tale about putting it on a concrete floor.

Lubricate the rudder and steerage controls.
Shop-vac any water and debris in the bilge, clean the carpeting, upholstery, etc.
Spread around some dryer softener sheets, I've heard that mice hate the smell of them.

east tx skier
10-08-2004, 05:13 PM
Indmar currently recommends 15W40 Marine if I'm not mistaken
Check with www.skidim.com for the correct filter.
Tranny Fluid Change every 100 hours or seasonal.

Farmer Ted
10-08-2004, 08:25 PM
Here are some notes I jotted down when I spoke to Indmar about my engine (98 LT1)



I was told that the motor left the factory with a Penzoil PZ3 filter.
If I couldn't find that filter use a AC-Delco PF-454, if I couldn't find that one use as a last resort a Fram PH-13 or PH-30.

I also inquired about oil and was told to use Mobil1 15W-50 if the engine is broken in, if it's not broken in use regular oil because synthetic is too slick and will not allow the rings to seat properly.

Spark Plugs:
AC Delco MR43LTS gapped to .040"

or
AC Delco AC41-932, these are Platinum and will run about $4.50 each)


If you have a LT1 motor you don't need to use antifreeze, just drain the block and all the hoses inside the cowling (don't forget the tranny cooler)

JimN will certainly pipe in and offer some great advice.

Good luck!

Post some pictures of your rig!


T

NeilM
10-09-2004, 06:43 PM
This is my first attempt at winterizing my boat and I have a couple of questions. What oil, how much, what filter and how ofter does one change the oil in the PS tranny. I just got back from Canadian Tire and they have no listings for boats. Any help would be appreciated as this is my first post and I want to do it right.

Thanks
Download the 2004 owner's manual (see downloads here) if you don't have one with your boat. The engines are a little different, the process is the same.

.15w-40 CH-4 (API SJ) is what Indmar is recommending. You can find it (Quaker State or Castrol) at Canadian Tire, but the label says "Diesel" quite prominently on it, [and mentions 'also for gasoline engines']. It's exactly the same stuff as 'marine' at a fraction of the price.

.Pennzoil PZ-3 / Fram PH30 filter

.It doesn't hurt to do the tranny every year. Measure how much you pump out and put that much back in.

André
10-09-2004, 08:07 PM
Go to Canadian Tire...Lots of Mastercraft stuff there!!! :D :steering: