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Eddie Mucciolo posted 03-11-2004 05:42 PM ET (US)   Profile for Eddie Mucciolo   Send Email to Eddie Mucciolo  
I was reading about flushing an engine. The author stated he used flush ears connected to a miracle grow fertilizer applicator with dawn dishwashing liquid to flush the salt away from the water passages in his engine. A gentleman responded that he uses a cut down 55 gal. plastic drum and fills it with dish soapy water and flushes. I think they maybe on to something.
Chuck Tribolet posted 03-11-2004 07:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Soap isn't going to help remove salt, which is quite water
soluble. What it will do is remove any film of oil, which
might be helping to prevent corrosion, or allowing some
part to slide on another part.

Bad idea.


Chuck

brisboats posted 03-12-2004 10:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for brisboats  Send Email to brisboats     
Not a bad idea. Guys have been installing impellers with dish soap around here for years as it aids in the installation and keeps the impeller slippery/pliable during storage. I think Dawn was used after the Valdez mishap to break up the terrible mess that disaster left on the shores and wildlife . There are no parts moving against each other in the water passages on an outboard. I can see where the soapy flush may help break up carbon deposits in the exhaust passages and tuner and that is a good thing. If I run an outboard in a cut down 50 gallon drum for any length of time. I too put dish soap in the drum, at the very least in helps in the cleanup of the oily fil and the scum line that inevitably develops on the mid section.

Brian

brisboats posted 03-12-2004 10:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for brisboats  Send Email to brisboats     
meant to say..oily film ...
tlynch posted 03-12-2004 10:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for tlynch  Send Email to tlynch     
There is a product called Salt-Away which claims to help flush the salt out. It comes with its own applicator.

Todd

Bigshot posted 03-12-2004 10:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Ok....I got in enough trouble when I gave my opinion on transom savers but this one takes the cake. Why not use car wash with wax to keep the passages all waxed up while you are at it?
brisboats posted 03-12-2004 01:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for brisboats  Send Email to brisboats     
Come on Biggie, give it a try whats the harm? You might be onto something with the wax.
Bigshot posted 03-12-2004 02:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Yeah but how do I know if my water passages are still beading up? Better yet if I use wax and the water beads....will my engine be cooled off enough being the beads are trapping air?

Teflon or regular wax? Woody Wax?

Morocco posted 03-13-2004 04:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Morocco  Send Email to Morocco     
Chicken soup makes a great outboard flush -- especially if you've been running rough.

ryanwhaler posted 03-13-2004 04:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
I like to use seafood soup, more naural for because its linked to the ocean.

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