Your boat is certainly the go-to asset when you want to go out and have fun in the waters during summer. When winter sets in, the cold conditions force you to keep the boat away for long periods until the weather is friendlier for fishing and other activities. Beware though! Storing the boat inappropriately during winter can easily damage its motor and plunge you into costly repairs. Here is a checklist that will save your motor from deteriorating during the storage in the cold season:
Examine the Hoses and Wires
Your boats motor has a maze of wires to transfer power and other utilities to and from the motor. Pull off motor' cover for a better view of the network of the hoses and wires. Examine them closely for any signs of damage, cracks and loose connections. These fractures and damage points are the entry points for frost and attacking the inner parts of the motor. Any cracked or damaged wire and hose in the motor should be replaced immediately before storing it away for winter.
Clean the Motor
Over time, dirt and grime builds up in the motor. Sticks, leaves and other debris accumulate in the motor with every trip that you take at sea. Storing the motor with all these uninvited guests won't do you any good by the time you want to use it. The secret is to clean it before you store it for all those months. Flash the motor with a jet of clean, pressured water to remove any dirt that has built up in the course of use. After cleaning the motor, position it in an upright position so all the remaining water can drain out. In fact, you can improvise a hair dryer and blow a stream of hot air into the motor to remove any droplets of water overhanging inside the motor.
Flush the Motor's Cooling Unit
Just like many other powering units, your boat's motor has a cooling unit to prevent overheating when the boat runs for too long. Some manufacturer's design cooling units that use water while others use coolants. Either way, you must flush the cooling system to prevent freezing of the coolant when the temperatures drop significantly. You need to buy a flushing kit for you to do this effectively. After removing the coolant or water, add some fresh antifreeze fluid into the cooling unit. It's now ready for storage.Share
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