ok first time boat owner of this type merc cruiser 140 i/o motor what do i have to do to get it ready for the winter
i know draining the water from motor but do i put anti-freeze in it or leave it empty
thanks how to winterize my sea ray boat?
Each marina has their own way of winterizing. At our place, because we carry the Ontario "green marine" certification, we use no antifreeze. All freezeable fluids are either drained or pumped. For first-timers, i suggest you take it to a tech, spend the $150-200, and for an extra $50, or beer, he'll probably tell you exactly what he does. Here's a link to Mercs' 2cents on winterization. Good to here from you guys.
Since you are a first time boat owner and probably nil experience on basic mechanical skills (oil changing don't count), you absolutely must quickly take your boat to a certified Merc service shop and get it winterized. This is not a job for beginner do-it-yourselfers, only highly experienced individuals and marine techs should handle inboard or I/O winterization.
This is something not to take lightly or put off, all it takes is one good freeze to wreck your engine block if not winterized PROPERLY beforehand. This is a $6,000 to $9,000 replacement job to fix, no BS about that price tag. how to winterize my sea ray boat?
change the oil / filter 20w40
fog the engine
add gas stabilizer
change the fuel filter
change gear oil
grease the outdrive
pull all the drain plugs re install plugs remove one side of a hose and pour antifreeze into the block
lower the out drive
remove the battery store some place warm
clean the boat
make a list of what needs to be done in the spring (reinstall plug)
Its alot of work especially the first time trying to find everything
I have swapped out a lot of engines because of 1st timers. Take it to a Herc Dealer, and stick around ask ?s. We do not leave our engines dry, The air inside causes rust. Some people do their own, but pay the price later. So it is really pay now or pay me next spring, a whole lot more. By the way they do not make 140 truck blocks,which that is anymore. So you will have to re-power your boat$$$$$. how to winterize my sea ray boat?
the steve is overboard.... fog the engine drain the block (both sides) drain the risers...exaust manifolds both sides make sure there is no water in the lower unit you may have to drain your power stering pump cooler store with the drive down need help firstname.lastname@example.org
MAKE SURE WATER COMES OUT OF ALL PETCOCKS YOU MAY NEED TO USE A WIRE (COAT HANGER) TO CLEAN THEM OUT WATER SHOULD COME OUT OF ALL DRAINS