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    screwed up today.

    Well I did the 10 hour oil change. I used an oil extractor that I use for my boat. It pulled 4 quarts of oil in a matter of a few minutes.

    Here is the screw up:

    After replacing the oil filter and adding oil, I started up the ski and then turned the water on. I shut the ski off and forgot to shut the water off first, so the water was on for 15-20 seconds with the ski off.

    I shut the water off and went to start the ski after realizing what I did and the ski started perfect. I turned the hose on and ran it a little and revved it up and everything seems fine.

    Did I hurt anything?


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    Quote Originally Posted by homesite View Post
    Well I did the 10 hour oil change. I used an oil extractor that I use for my boat. It pulled 4 quarts of oil in a matter of a few minutes.

    Here is the screw up:

    After replacing the oil filter and adding oil, I started up the ski and then turned the water on. I shut the ski off and forgot to shut the water off first, so the water was on for 15-20 seconds with the ski off.

    I shut the water off and went to start the ski after realizing what I did and the ski started perfect. I turned the hose on and ran it a little and revved it up and everything seems fine.

    Did I hurt anything?
    This is a guess on my part: Check your oil, make sure there isn't any water in it, or that it's not milky colored...

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    oil looks fine on the stick

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    That's all I'd know to do at this point - wait till morning; I'm sure you'll get some more professional answers by then.

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    Take out your spark plugs, hold the throttle wide open and try to crank the ski. Check if there is water coming out of the spark plug whole. If not then you might've gotten lucky and water stayed in your waterbox.

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    Imashark has the best test. Water in there is not good.

    If the oil is not contaminated, then I would go for a 1/2hr blast just to make sure all is dried out.

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    how much of water pressure do you put in the ski when flashing ?

    4/4 ?

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    I already had the ski started for a few minutes after this happened. It started right up and sounds like it always does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by homesite View Post
    I already had the ski started for a few minutes after this happened. It started right up and sounds like it always does.
    I would still check if there is any water by following what I posted above. If there is water in there it can lead to mayor engine failure like bending a rod and such.

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    If it immediately started and ran good, you are fine most likely. If there is water in the cylinders, it won't fire up and run good ... Honestly, many people have left the water on for 15 - 20 seconds and had no issues. It takes a little longer to force enough water up and into the motor. However, anytime you run the ski on the hose, it is ALWAYS smart to start the ski first, then turn water on, then turn water off, THEN turn off the ski. AND if you DO run the hose when the ski is not running, DO NOT TRY TO START THE SKI. DEFINITELY pull all the spark plugs before you even get the key near the post ... turn it over with no spark plugs in until no water sprays out at all. THEN put the plugs back in and run it.

    Once the ski has fired up and has run on all 3 cylinders, there is no water in the cylinders ... period. There MAY be some water in the crankcase, but that too is very unlikely if the ski fired immediately.

    Yes, its critical not to let water run on after shutoff, but you do get a few seconds of safety before there is an issue. Still, ANY time there is any question of water possibly in the motor, pull the plugs first and make sure.
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