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The Do-it-Yourself boat engine winterizing kit from Camco lets you flush and prepare your outboard and sterndrive (I/O) engines for winter storage with just 5 gallons of antifreeze and your flusher. Your engine can be winterized right up on the trailer. Easy and complete instructions included.
This is a great little system to allow the normal guy to put away his engine properly for the winter.
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I have a wooden boat with a intake in the boat bottom,can I hook it up to a fake a lake?
What is that
It should work. Just use the inboard device instead of the I/O device. turn the valve to bypass the antifreeze container and bring the engine up to operating tempaerature which opens the thermostat. Make sure the vent cap is off and then turn the valve to pull the antifreeze out of the container, into the engine block, etc. If you have a second set of hands, as the antifreeze container is almost empty, you can spray a heavy dose of engine fogging spray into the carburetor to kill the engine of just turn the engine off.
Yes, but you will have to disconnect the hose that is attached to the thru hull and attach it to the Camco connecter per instuctions.
Yes, but you will need an attachment to fit your intake; there are many types available depending on the type of intake.
Do you leave the antifreeze in the engine block all winter?
A Sharper View
We do not leave any antifreeze in the block during winterizing. The process we use is to drain all the water from the block and manifolds, leave the plugs in a plastic bag for installation in the spring. We then hook up the antifreeze winterizing kit and then run approximatly 2 gallons of marine antifreeze into the engine and manifolds allowing all to drain back out. This proceedure will treat any captured water with marine antifreeze but will also not allow any fluid to remain and potentually freeze. We have been using this proceedure for the past 30+ years winterizing well over 300 per year. As to date, not one freeze damage ever occure. Good luck Al
How do I get instructions on proper use??
The instructions should have came in the box with your shipment. If not, I would contact jtd and request a copy.
The instructions are inside the box. This was the first time I did it and it was easy to do. I warmed the engine up first. Then added the rv/ marine anifreeze. I used 5 gallons in the container and ran it into the motor until it came out the bottom.
Excellent "Tool" CAREFUL! Verify antifreeze is in the block
This is a great tool but I recommend you have the engine up to operating temperature so the thermostat is open and coolant is circulating. If it is not, you may not be removing the water in the block and freeze damage may occur. I used this system on a customer's Mercruiser 357 Magnum. When I removed the blue plastic petcocks on both sides of the lower block, only water came out. I'm glad I checked. Double check your work to be sure.
Shoreline All-Season Services
Worked as described. Nice product
Makes winterizing easy. Found that I was better off removing thermostat. Water temperature did not go above 140 degrees and it didn't open.
Great for engines and water systems
This system contains the tank, hoses and shut off valve necessary to flush antifreeze into an engine, head, or raw water system, minimizing spillage and waste.
The Flow is weak
Out flow is slow
Be sure to use Non-toxic biodegradable Ban Frost 2000, or similiar RV non-toxic antifreeze. What goes through the engine ends up on the ground.
Hudson Valley, NY
Almost Idiot Proof
I have been using this product for nearly 10 years and have never had a problem. I live in northern Utah and store my boat outside and I have never had any freezing problems with my outdrive or my Engine. I use this product on my 24' Sea Ray Sorento with a Alpha One Outdrive.
Living the Dream
NOT for raw water cooled IOs.....
I would not recommend this for a raw water cooled sterndrive (I/O) because of the fact that if the thermostat does not open all the way, the engine block/heads will still have raw water or mostly water and not that much antifreeze and you would risk freeze damage because all the raw water did not exit the block/heads. The other issue is it can cause wear to the impeller esp on engines with the impeller mounted on the engine (Volvos, Bravos) because of the distance the AF has to be sucked up to the engine. This can work on outboard and on engines with closed cooling but it is too risky for raw water cooled inboards or IOs. Do yourself a favor and do not take short cuts, drain everything manually as noted in the engine manual, if you want to use AF you can back fill the engine and manifolds through the hoses. Make sure to probe the drain holes because rust flakes can prevent draining. I tried one of these years ago, then checked the block drains, what came out, was not strong enough to not freeze if the temps went down to zero...
Long Island NY
works with little tweaking
i used on a 5.7 mercruiser and put the whole 5 gallons the unit held in and just wasnt positive it was pure antifreeze coming out of the exhaust. so i cut the top out of the jug while it was in the using position and i poured a total of 7 gallons through my motor. i just kept adding the antifreeze as it was running out, worked great and gave me piece of mind. if the unit would hold 6 or 7 gallons it would be much better design, and you wouldnt have to worry about it running out before all the water was out of engine.
Worked just as described. Very easy to use.
Great idea poor components.
Concept is great. I have found it frustrating when I use and may change out low quality components. Should work perfectly without user upgrades. Valves are junk. Threads are weak.