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Runner posted 01-07-2003 12:41 PM ET (US)   Profile for Runner   Send Email to Runner  
I have a 3 year old 'Zuki 60 HP 4-Stroke and live in upstate NY. For a variety of reasons we have not winterized the motor (kept outside). What is the worst case that can happen? The motor is an upright position so it shouldn't have any residual water. Thanks in advance.
diamondjj posted 01-07-2003 09:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for diamondjj    
Will you ruin the engine ? Probably not this time, but if you can get a can of fogging oil, pull the plugs and empty the whole can in all the cylinders and put the plugs back. If you can turn the engine over, all the better. The ROT when storing any engine for an extended period of time is to put oil in the cylinders. Being in upstate NY and not near the ocean, helps.
diamondjj posted 01-07-2003 10:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for diamondjj    
On another note, being a four stroke the engine should always be stored over the winter with fresh motor oil to reduce the chances of the corrosive effects of old motor oil sitting in an engine. So, if you can change the oil, that would be good as well. If you cannot, then the corrosive effect mentioned above is your worse case scenario, depending on how old the oil is and when the oil was last changed. I go through this every year when I put my bike up for the winter (in northern Vermont).
jimh posted 01-08-2003 10:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
What is "ROT"?
Runner posted 01-09-2003 07:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Runner  Send Email to Runner     
I assume ROT = rule of thumb
diamondjj posted 01-09-2003 09:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for diamondjj    
That's what it is.

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