Every winter, as we prepare for the cold, snowy season ahead, one very important task that we must not forget is the winterization of our marine equipment. Marine equipment includes pontoons, jet skis, fishing boats, or any other inboard/outboard motor-equipped watercraft.
As with any watercraft repair, every model of motor has different winterizing procedures. There are many things that could potentially have adverse effects on many different aspects of your fuel tank, lines, and other engine components. As we already know, water has a funny property about it that causes it to expand when it freezes, which, in turn, could cause your pipes, tanks, hoses, and engine to crack and succumb to more serious, costly damages. The complacent engine oil may also become thicker as a result of colder temperatures, which will prevent proper lubrication when re-starting your engine at the beginning of the upcoming boating season. This is a great reason to leave it to your local professionals to winterize your equipment to ensure a proper, quality winterization is provided. This will not only save you thousands in costly repairs if the winterization is not done correctly, but it prolongs the overall life of your watercraft motor as well.
Winterizing your marine equipment yourself is always a fine option, but if you find yourself too busy to get around to the project before the winter cold hits, contact us to get a quote on winterizing your boat!
One of the first items we recommend servicing is a fuel system check. Over the off-season, any fuel left in the machine that was not treated at the end of the prior season could lead to the gas breaking down, and wreaking havoc in your fuel system. Typically, you can smell the difference between a good and bad gas smell. Water can compromise the fuel as well, which requires a full drain of the tank before adding fresh gas.
Another important item on the list is to clean the carburetors, and/or fuel injectors to prevent engine damage or poor running conditions.
Inspection of the drivetrain and rear suspension is important because there are a lot of moving parts; mostly bearings, springs, and shock absorbers.
The idler wheel bearings in the rear suspension need to be inspected as well. One bad wheel bearing can cause catastrophic damage to the track.
Your front suspension should be inspected for any bent or damaged components, along with the condition of your shock absorbers and springs.
The CVT system, which is your transmission, needs to be inspected and maintained periodically.