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Teachers Pet posted 11-05-2007 07:16 PM ET (US)   Profile for Teachers Pet   Send Email to Teachers Pet  
I haven't used my boat in a few months. I have a new starter on it. Last time I used it the entire boat got soaked unfortunately. I recently tried to start it to winterize it and it just acts like the starter can't move the motor. I also noticed the positive battery teriminal is hot. Tried another battery; that did not help. Separate question is there a way to winterize a I/O without starting it?
Bella con23 posted 11-05-2007 08:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bella con23  Send Email to Bella con23     
I wouldn't rest easy until I got the engine to roll over. If you have water in the combustion chambers, it may have done damage.

Try a socket and breaker bar on the harmonic balancer (front flywheel). If you can't get it to budge with this method, you have bigger problems. Good luck.

rtk posted 11-05-2007 08:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for rtk  Send Email to rtk     
Did the starter get submerged or soaked with water? Could have rusted up and won't turn if that is the case.

If the starter is easy to remove, I'd probably take it out and see if it will turn with no load, eliminate the starter as the problem.

Is the starter solenoid integrated with the starter or is it separate? A bad or corroded solenoid may cause the problem also. A bad solenoid will not allow the high amps required to turn the starter get to the starter.

Condition/age of battery cables and connections to battery, solenoid and starter? If they are old and corroded that could possibly cause the problem.

If you determine that the start circuit- key switch, solenoid, starter, battery cables and battery are all operating correctly, then it would appear to me that the engine itself won't turn.

If that is the case, remove the spark plugs and see if you can turn the engine by hand. If not,the engine may be seized up. You may have to disconnect some belts.

It's tough to properly winterize the engine if you can't at least turn it with the starter, as far as getting lubrication to the cylinders. You can squirt some fogging fluid in the cylinders through the spark plug holes and turn it by hand though.

Fresh water cooled or raw water? Fresh water cooled you will have to get antifreeze, if needed (cold climate), to circulate through the heat exchanger, risers and any other coolers. Raw water, the block will have to be drained then antifreeze circulated through the entire engine and manifolds.

I'd really recommend that you get the engine started to properly winterize it. You should run the engine with stabilized fuel and change the oil while warm prior to layup. The fogging process works better too.

The gremlins do their best work over the winter layup, especially if she is not put to bed right.


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