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David Ratusnik posted 09-26-2001 08:37 AM ET (US)   Profile for David Ratusnik   Send Email to David Ratusnik  
I have recently begun flushing my Johnson 225 with a product claiming to fight salt deposits in engines subjected to heavy salt water use. My Outrage is in and out of the water 80-100 times per year (Port Canaveral-KSC area). Question- Does this stuff really work? Any data or anecdotal experience with salt water flush? Thanks
where2 posted 09-26-2001 05:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
No specific data, but certainly ANY water flush whether with or without the rinse-agent is better than no rinse at all. With salt water useage, the better you rinse the engine off, the more salt you wash away. If you start with a table spoon of salt in an empty glass, and pour a quart of water through the glass, some salt will remain. If you pour another quart through the glass, less salt will remain. Rinse the engine liberally with fresh water. I've got a 1967 9.5hp Evinrude that I used in salt water pushing 200 times a year throughout high school. Always rinsed liberally, it fired right up after sitting for the last 5 years. Still runs like a top. (West Palm Beach, FL)
David Ratusnik posted 09-28-2001 11:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
Where2 Thanks for reply. Yes, I rinse liberally with fresh water thru the muffs. I was simply curious as to possible improved results with this new salt eliminator that I picked up at Boat USA a couple months ago. You know, alot of health improvement products are snake oil items and maybe salt eliminator flushes fall into this category. I appreciate your reply. David
ALAN G posted 10-06-2001 07:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for ALAN G  Send Email to ALAN G     
David, I concur that good fresh water rinsing is all that is needed. There are a lot of products that claim to do great things. Normally if the manufacturer does not recommmend it or some independent testing lab (like Underwriters Lab or equal) has not tested it....why spend your money? I guess if you really wanted corrosion protection, you could run the engine in a big drum of WD-40 or Corrosion Block after the fresh water. Then if you did, what excuse would you ever have to buy a new engine? :)

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