Winterizing tips for the do-it-yourselfer
Knowing how to winterize a boat engine yourself is important, but sometimes you need help. US Boatworks is proud to help you when it comes to winterizing your sterndrive or outboard motor. We help by providing two choices for boat winterization. First off you can bring your boat in to be winterized and choose one of the three winterizing packages we offer. Or if you choose to do it yourself, we provide all the quality OEM supplies you need along with these valuable winterizing tips. Learn how to winterize your boat yourself below.
Winterizing Outboards and Inboards:
- Remove water from the engine & exhaust manifolds. Water left in the engine cooling system can freeze and crack the engine block.
- Remove water from your fresh water systems & live wells.
- Add fuel stabilizer to your fuel tank using a high-quality fuel stabilizer. Without stabilizer, the fuel can degrade over the winter months. Make sure the stabilizer you select is for your fuel type & motor type (2 stroke).
- Winterize the cooling system using ethyl-glycol antifreeze (pink RV-type). If water is left behind, it will mix with the antifreeze, which will keep it from freezing.
- Lower unit lubrication should be changed. This eliminates water or contaminants that could harm the unit over the long winter. While you are at it, check for leaks and the condition of your propeller.
- Lock your outboard or outdrive if necessary. Remove electronics and valuables.
- Check your trailer: Inspect bearings for rust and pitting. Replace them if necessary. Bearing seals should be well greased. Check the tires and trailer brakes.
- ***Always refer to the service manual before performing any service on your motor.***
One more tip — if you winterize your boat engine on your own, remember most insurance policies don’t cover damage caused by freezing, even if you did your best. Having a high-quality, qualified repair shop winterize your boat limits your responsibility if freezing damage occurs. If you live in the Kansas City area, call us at 913-342-0011 to have your boat professionally winterized by our trained marine mechanics.
Not in the Kansas City, Missouri or Kansas area? We can ship anywhere in the US. We know what your boat needs and we have excellent prices. Additionally, we have low shipping rates as we only charge you our cost to ship parts to you. Call us or send us an email at sales@BoatEngine.com.