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Old 09-02-2010, 11:23 AM
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winterization supplies

I won't be winterizing for a while but I wanted to get ahead of the game and gather supplies. I don't have much experience with engines but I'm determined to learn how to winterize and do reasonably easy maintenence on my own. I have the following 3 questions.

Boat: 1994 Prostar 190
Engine: Chevy 350 tbi 275 hp (I beleive)
Transmission: Powerslot.

1.) While at the Farm and Fleet hardware store (awesome store btw), I couldn't find and solvent for cleaning the flame arrestor. What should I be looking for? Does it come in a spray can?

2.) What oil should I be using? I don't need the best, just something adequate.

I had a worker look up the oil type for a 1994 chevy 350 truck and he said 5w30. Searching this forum I saw a recomendation for 5w40 diesel. Is that right that Diesel engine oil is ok? I did see a big jug 5w40 diesel that was resonably priced.

3.) Any suggestions on Transmission fluid? The owners manual says Dextron II. However, the manual was written in 1994 so I'm wondering if that is still my best option? Is Dextron III ok?

Thanks for the help.
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Old 09-02-2010, 12:03 PM
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1. Carburetor Cleaner Spray for the Flame Arrestor.

Something like this ...

http://www.jcwhitney.com/jcwhitney/s...76115_CL_1.jpg

2. Oil. I would suggest Valvoline VR-1 20w50, which still has the levels of ZDDP needed for what I believe was still a flat tappet cam in the 94 TBI. If you have an LT-1 with a roller cam, some Rotella 15W40 should be fine.

3. Dexron III is fine.
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Old 09-03-2010, 09:12 AM
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Winterizing around here is usually an early November activity
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Old 09-03-2010, 09:17 AM
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I winterize in late October.
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Old 09-03-2010, 09:28 AM
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Your all bumming me out talking about winterizing. Leave it alone for now..... PLEASE!!!!
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Old 09-03-2010, 09:56 AM
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Your all bumming me out talking about winterizing. Leave it alone for now..... PLEASE!!!!
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Old 09-03-2010, 10:33 AM
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Thanks for the info! I have no idea what a flat tappet cam is though I doubt I'll ever need to know.

I'll probably winterize mid to late October. Just reading up and gathering supplies ahead of time since it will be my first time doing it.
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Old 09-03-2010, 10:48 AM
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LOL I just cant help visualizing some form of the Monty Python skit...

MC Owner: WINTERIZE!

Knights 1 and 2: Oooh! He said it!!

MC Owner: What? Winterize?

Knight 1: Ohh! He said it again!!!
Knight 2: What? Winterize?
Knight 1: Oh, now you've gone and said it soon.

Knight 2: Bloody right, it'll be snowing on your sorry a$$ before you know it.
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:43 PM
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I have another question related to spark plugs. It is a different topic but I don't want to keep opening threads. I was told that my engine was missing by someone who heard me drive away from their dock. I changed the plugs to hopefully fix the problem.

I simply pulled out an old plug and went to the hardware store to get the same ones. The existing plugs were AC CR43TS. I've now noticed that the owners manual calls for AC MR43T.

My questions:

1.) Are the AC CR43TS's ok?
2.)Any opinions as to why these would have been used by the previous owner (or original to the boat)?
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Old 09-10-2010, 01:29 PM
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Your all bumming me out talking about winterizing. Leave it alone for now..... PLEASE!!!!
I'm already winterized........
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