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Old 08-30-2006, 12:35 PM
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Labor Day Trip- Boat Tune-up

1996 Prostar 205 5.7L EFI - 285HP

Definitely not an engine buff like some of you on here so I was hoping to get some tips on a "home" tune-up before taking off to Kentucky Lake this weekend... Oil is a little low, but not dangerously low (I don't think) . The boat has been running well all summer. Any tips are appreciated.
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Old 08-30-2006, 01:06 PM
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Add a little oil, check the battery, hoses, and belts. I've always done a quick check of oil, fuel, battery and all the accessories before I head out. I also do a quick check of my trailer, making sure the tires are good and at right pressure, etc.

Oh and make sure you don't forget the boat keys.
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Old 08-30-2006, 01:36 PM
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I'd make sure the trailer wheel bearings are well greased too. @ two weeks ago one of my ins. client rolled a 34 ft camper, a brand new Suburban, three kids, and a wife down the interstate. All because one back wheel on the camper locked due to lack of grease. (Believe it or not nobody got hurt).
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Old 08-30-2006, 02:05 PM
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While by the tires you might as well check your lug nuts and make sure they are on tight. We almost had a tire fly off once. Rick hadn't checked to make sure the lug nuts were on tight for a while (that isn't in my job description) and a couple fell off. The pressure on the bolts that were still held tight with lug nuts was too much and it actually broke a bolt. Rick noticed the tire wobbling in the mirror and we pulled over. Could have been ugly.
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Old 08-30-2006, 03:42 PM
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Take oil with you and check it on the water. Pick up a spare impeller and take a spare prop and puller if you've got them.

If you're looking for something easy to do that probably hasn't been done in a while, take off your flame arrestor and spray it from the inside out with carb cleaner. Do this away from all things important and make sure it's completely dry before you reinstall it.

In addition to all the trailer tips already mentioned, make sure you have brake fluid to the fill line.
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Old 08-30-2006, 04:28 PM
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Thanks... I'm taking notes.
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Old 08-30-2006, 04:43 PM
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A set of jumper cables and a emergency 6-pack is nice to have.

Check the transmission fluid while you're at it. If it's pink or foamy, change it. Only takes a few minutes with a drill pump or siphon.

If you haven't recently, checking the raw water hose at the transmission cooler for excessive debris will keep you from overheating.
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Old 08-30-2006, 05:23 PM
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My suggestion for those who prefer NOT to carry a toolbox on board....Leatherman..Nuf said.
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Old 08-31-2006, 04:36 PM
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1996 Prostar 205 5.7L EFI - 285HP

as for adding a little oil, what type of oil do you guys recommend/prefer. it's a little low, 1 qrt, 2 qrts?
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Old 08-31-2006, 04:38 PM
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Only add what it needs. Don't want to overfill.

Indmar recommends 15W-40 currently. Brand would be more preference than anything.
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