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handn posted 12-17-2004 11:20 AM ET (US)   Profile for handn   Send Email to handn  
The Kohler 4kw generator in my 305 Conquest is salt water cooled.
A person servicing the generator said it would last longer if it were flushed with fresh water periodically.
Does anyone flush their generators? What is the proceedure? I am concerned about getting water in the engine.
kglinz posted 12-17-2004 11:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for kglinz  Send Email to kglinz     
I flush my 5 KW Kohler at the end of the season. I normally drop my boat into fresh water to flush out all the systems, but if I can't, I pull the hose off the water pump inlet and install a short length of hose to the inlet. I put the open end of that hose into a 5 gallon bucket, which I fill with a garden hose, and run the generator. Keep the water level in the bucket below the generator level. With a water cooled exhaust you must be careful not to push water back through the exhaust valves into the engine. If you connect a pressurized water hose directly to the generator you can do this. After flushing I blow out the system to winterize it.
handn posted 12-18-2004 07:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for handn  Send Email to handn     
Thanks kglz. It all makes sense.

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