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Cold Weather Start Up, Shut Down & Operating Tips

COLD WEATHER START UP

1. Check oil
2. Check coolant
3. Inspect hoses, belts, etc.
4. Start engine and check for circulation of cooling water through exhaust manifolds. If no water flows through manifold petcocks shut off engine and find ice restriction;
CAUTION! CONTINUED RUNNING WITH NO WATER CIRCULATION COULD RESULT IN SEVERE OVERHEATING AND PERMANENT DAMAGE TO THE ENGINE.

COLD WEATHER SHUT DOWN

1. After removing boat from water, open bilge plug hole, open manifold petcocks to drain water (not required if equipped with self drain).
2. If engine cooling water lines are equipped with flush tees, remove caps and drain water.

OPERATING TIPS

1. Check oil and temperature gauge often.
2. After hard running, idle engine one minute before shut down.
3. Avoid backing off beach in excess of 1500 R.P.M.'S
4. Avoid over loading your boat.
5. Do not force controls. If reverse gate becomes stuck - lift reverse gate by hand. This will free sand that is sticking in gate.
6. If vibrates, clean debris from jet thru hand hole clean out.
7. Always flush jet and engine in fresh water after salt water use.
8. When stuck on sand or gravel bar, do turn power off. Sand and gravel will do extensive damage to jet, plus clog water line to engine causing extreme engine over-heating and possible severe damage.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Trouble Shooting
    • High Water Temperature
    • Low Oil Pressure
    • Engine Will Not Turn Over
    • Engine Turns Off But Won't Start
    • Shifter Control Will Not Move
    • Steering Frozen
    • Fuel Gauge Not Working
    • Buzz Light Low Oil High Water Temperature
    • Engine Starts But Runs Rich
    • Engine Starts But Runs Rough
    • Engine Starts and Runs WIth Hesitation In Midrange
    • Engine Will Not Reach Top RPM
    • Volt Meter Reads Low Scale
    • Tachometer Reads Low Scale - Engine O.K.
    • Tachometer Sluggish or Inconsistent
    • Navigation Lights Don't Work
    • Bilge Blower Does Not Operate
  • Preparation
    • Education
    • U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
    • U.S. Power Squadron
    • Weather
    • Fueling
    • Boat Capacity
    • Boat Ramp Etiquette
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