Thread: washing off engine
04-17-2013, 01:13 PM #1
washing off engine
just purchased my 05 aquatrax r-12x this past weekend and love it! the guy i bought it from lived down south so he would ride in bracish water, was wondering if i can hose off the engine? i know on a regular car engine you can just without alot of preassure. same applies here?? thanks
04-17-2013, 01:59 PM #2
I hose of my engine only when I see small amounts of salt build up accumulating. I spray it lightly with my hose using Salt-Away solution, air dry with small leaf blower, wet-vac remaining water from bottom of hull, then coat engine with Fluid film.
04-17-2013, 02:46 PM #3
04-17-2013, 09:26 PM #4
Stunna perfect advice how to wash then dry, finish it off with a light coat of CRC656
04-18-2013, 12:35 AM #5
CRC or Fluid. Some of us prefer Fluid Film because it is a lanolin based corrosive protectant rather than a petro based lubricant. Don't get me wrong, I used CRC for years on my 2 smokes but these new skis have a lot more plastic plugs (electrical) and such. CRC can be hard over time on these electrical connections and other rubber/plastic.
Bottom line is anything is better than nothing.
If you ride in the ocean do as STUNNA has suggested, but ALWAYS make sure and spray the turbo and waste gate actuator with whatever lube/protectant spray you are using and also leave the seat off for the ride home. Put it in the back of the truck/suv, whatever. Let it air dry out.
You should spray the turbo/waste gate down after each day of riding, fresh or salt water. They are made of carbon steel and will rust, even if it is dry in there, they will. This will save you $$$ in the long run and make your R-12 a long lasting/running machine. The R-12 is a great little ski. Have fun and good luck.
04-18-2013, 09:10 AM #6
thanks for all the info! i will most def do these steps to protect it.
07-04-2013, 03:25 AM #7
After a ride I usually pull seat off, remove rear insert (F12X) pull out storage bin from front and sit our house fan in the hole so it blows through the hull for 24hrs or so then spray 556 all over everything. Engine still looks like new at 100 hours
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