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Engine Flush - To Muff or Not to Muff
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posted 09-05-2002 07:59 PM ET (US)
My 2000 Johnson 35 has the outlet for direct connection for the hose when flushing. Do I need to run this way or should I go back to the muffs and run it ?
posted 09-05-2002 08:31 PM ET (US)
I would take the advice of the owner's manual. What does the manual say on this topic?
posted 09-06-2002 09:59 AM ET (US)
My guess would be use the direct hose attatchment and DO NOT start your motor. It flushes this way.
posted 09-08-2002 08:58 PM ET (US)
The owners manual gives procedures for both running and not with the hose adapter. Just wondering if it gets past the thermostat with the motor not running. Thanks.
posted 09-09-2002 12:38 AM ET (US)
My question exactly.
My Merc manual stated run motor at idle. My friends Suzuki manual states, if I remember right, "Do not run engine."
posted 09-09-2002 12:42 AM ET (US)
Because my boat spends part of its life berthed in the salt, I use the flushing attachment with the motor tilted clear of the water, so as not to ingest any water through the lower unit water intake ports, with no fuel delivery problems. I thought the fuel would not flow right. So far, OK
posted 09-09-2002 12:47 AM ET (US)
Better yet,get a big enough barrel to lower the engine into. fill it with water with the garden hose running to keep it fresh. start the motor and disconnect the fuel line at the tank and let it run out of gas. This will also "muffle" the the engine keeping the neighbors happy. I've been doing this to my 40hp Merc since it was new in 1975! It's still going strong with (knock on wood) no repairs!
posted 09-09-2002 04:36 PM ET (US)
I was wondering too....my 1980 Merc 90 manual says NOT to run it when flushing with muffs.
I have always started and idled. I guess it's not necessay to run??
posted 09-10-2002 09:52 AM ET (US)
Hold up here.....with muffs you have to run it. Do you have water coming out the indicator with it off....no. So there fore no water ever reached the powerhead.
With the factory flusher on the stern of the engine, you do NOT run the engine. This is basically a backflusher and running the engine(although it may not ruin the impeller or effect the engine)will fight the flow of water.
posted 09-12-2002 03:03 PM ET (US)
....maybe Merc stated that so the motors wouldn't last as long. Ya never know....
I had to read it a couple times to believe it.
I would think to get past the impeller it would have to be running.
posted 09-12-2002 03:05 PM ET (US)
Hey had a thought.....Could I make a backflusher by running water in thru the telltale?? I'd rather not run the motor if I don't have to.
posted 09-12-2002 04:59 PM ET (US)
Bquick - I wouldn't think that you would get much flow through the telltale.
Huladick - check the brand of flushing unit. If it is the same one available at most marine centers, it has a pulse function that helps prevent / loosen deposits in the water jacket, preventing corrosives build up.
posted 09-12-2002 06:39 PM ET (US)
This is what my dealer told me:
If you trailer the boat, use the muffs. Even though the engine has the outlet for direct connection, it is best not to mess with it because certain undesirable outcomes may occur: 1. You might loose the plug or forget to put it back in. 2. You may not tighten up the plug enough. 3. You may over tighten and strip the threads on either the plug or the engine itself. Although these outcomes are probably very unlikely, Murphy’s Law sometimes catches up with you. By contrast, the muffs are pretty much fool proof.
If you slip your boat though, do you even have a choice? It would seem to be very difficult to get close enough to slip on the muffs. I imagine that would make the outlet direct connection method the only alternative.
posted 09-15-2002 07:38 AM ET (US)
Lots of good comments and suggestions. I have always used the muffs in the past, but now I have the built-in flush adapter. I have only ised the adapter up to this point, but still don't feel like it get in the power head when "back-flushing". Guess I'll go get another pair of muffs. Thanks for all the ideas..... Dick M.
posted 09-16-2002 11:16 AM ET (US)
Rmember that if muffs slip off....you roast the engine or waterpump. Backflushing is safer, plugs won't foul, neighbors don't care, etc. manufacturers did not install them for nothing.
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posted 03-28-2004 06:52 PM ET (US)
I was wondering the exact same question yesterday as I hooked my muffs up to my Honda 90. I just bought the boat (used) and have never used the hose attachement. My thinking on this is pretty simple...flush it the same way you cool it and in the same direction....fresh water in/salt water out. I guess the hose connection would work fine, but it seems like the lower ports might not get a good flush. I'll have to try it some time.
posted 03-29-2004 12:36 AM ET (US)
I've used the hose hookup on my Evinrude two stroke 90 just
about from new. I do carry a spare plug for it, and I make a
point of putting the plug IN the boat so if I forget to put it
back, it stays. Finger tight is fine. I don't run it on
the hose (owner's manual says you don't have to) because it's
A buddy's Merc 90 four-stroke has no plug. You screw the hose
posted 03-29-2004 07:59 AM ET (US)
I flush with the hose attachment on my Johnson. I was in the middle of Beaufort Inlet and my overheat alarm went off. I looked back and there was no stream through the telltale. The plug had come out and with out it there is not enough back pressure to cool the engine. The water coming out was a trickle and real hot.I carry a spare just for this reason. I put the spare in and restarted the engine. The water was hot at first and then cooled to the touch. This happened all in a matter of about a minute. Nice to know that all of the systems work the way they were designed. I was able to get out and fish but I did get skunked that day......
All that said, I still flush with the hose attachment. I just tighten it better now.
posted 04-21-2004 06:41 PM ET (US)
My Yamaha four stroke has a hose attachment for flushing; no 'plug' to lose, but I guess it might be easy to leave it unattached after flushing...I've been lucky so far. The dealer and the manual said NOT to turn on the motor while flushing this way...said you could burn out something in the bottom unit. I've used only this method of flushing since I bought the motor new one year/370 hours ago...simple, quiet, no complaints, and the motor runs like a top. Some of the old hands at the ramp have warned me against this method, and I really don't know whether it's as effective as flushing with earmuffs, but that's why there are warranties. By the way, 95% of my motor's use is in salt water, and I flush immediately after each use.
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posted 04-23-2004 11:53 AM ET (US)
Anywhere on-line I can read instructions for flushing Yamaha 40hp 4 stroke? use it all saltwater boston harbor.
It does have this attachment elaelap speaks of?
first boat, no manual with motor - out of luck, but i want to flush and keep motor running properly. many thanks for info.
posted 04-23-2004 04:23 PM ET (US)
Alright. I have been here before. You can flush it with the direct connection, but you need to do it when the engine is warm. That way the thermostats are open. If it is cold you are missing part of the engine.
posted 04-24-2004 08:49 AM ET (US)
I HAVE TWIN 2000 135 OPTIS.. JUST WONDERING IF IT IS OK TO LEAVE THE QUICK CONNECT FITTINGS IN? sould engine be up or down? there is a separate fitting in back for flushing
posted 04-24-2004 11:40 PM ET (US)
Interesting note. Here in San Francisco, there is an restaurant on a floating island, called "Forbes Island." They have a shuttle boat to and from Pier 39 with twin Yamaha 50 4 strokes. They keep water running through the flushing hose 24/7. The motors are tilted and a stream of water 8' is going everytime I stop by. A little overkill and a lot of waste!
P.S. Just a note. I just purchased a Tohatsu 9.8 4 stroke, and the flushing instructions are to use the supplied attachment, which connects to a garden hose. Next TAPE the water intakes, turn on water, then start motor. REMEMBER to remove tape when done! Good thing is it only weighs 81 lbs. Bah is that they cut out the iol filter.
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