When the cold season is right around the corner, you had better believe you must winterize your machine. It’s very important to take proper care of your personal watercraft [PWC]. Winterizing your PWC protects it during storage time. When it gets warmer, you’ll be ready to hit the waves!
If you don’t take your personal watercraft to a pro shop for winterizing, use the tips in this article. If you can do it yourself, you’ll save some serious money. Make sure to review your owner’s manual and compare with our tips.
Drain Your Engine
Draining your engine is the first thing you should do when you store your PWC. Tilt your trailer when the craft is at the loading dock. Make sure the stern is lower than the bow.
Start the engine and let it run for about 30 seconds. While the engine runs turn the handle back and forth.
Clean Your Machine
Wash your personal watercraft using carwash soap. Make sure to remove all the build-up. It may seem tough to remove algae and grime but it is much easier to clean now instead of later.
Make sure the interior and exterior are completely dry. If you want extra protection, finish the wash with a wax and lube metal surfaces.
Gas Up Your Machine
Get a full tank of gas and mix in stabilizer. This prevents condensation during the storage period. During the storage period, remember to start up the engine a few times for about 30 seconds.
Add Your Fogging Oil
Spray fogging oil through your PWC’s carburetors and spark plug cylinders. Remove your air cleaners, start the engine, and spray the oil directly into the carburetor’s throat.
Now, ground your wires, remove the spark plugs, and spray oil into each spark plug hole.
Next, remove the spark plugs, making sure to ground the wires and spray fogging oil into each hole for a couple seconds.
Remove the Battery
Disconnect the negative terminal then the positive terminal. Store your battery in a warm place like a shed or garage. Attach a trickle charger to the battery every month during storage and check it’s water level.
Follow these easy tips and you’ve winterized your personal watercraft!
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