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    Jet Ski Winterizing

    Hey guys

    if you can keep your skis in a garage all winter - why can't you just start them up for about 10 seconds every week or so instead of doing the complete winterizing thing?


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    Yep thats the aussie way, as we dont freeze over lol actually its not often in winter the ski doesnt get used

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    52 weeks of the year.... even on 5 degree C mornings ...... start it regulary and run on the hose for a while and u will be fine

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    If your spending big dollars on a ski , then it should not be stuck in a garage. Get a wetsuit and ride it or atleast connect a hose and run it for a minute.

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    Winterized is a bad word. Please don't say that word until December. I'm from the north east. I personally think running it for ten seconds is not enough plus the engine can't get hot and cause condensation in the engine. Definally run the hose on it on one of the warmer days the. Put it away after burping the throttle a couple times of course


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    10 seconds isn't even enough to get the oil flowing and your going to cause unnecessary wear, just fog it out if your not going to ride it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris288 View Post
    10 seconds isn't even enough to get the oil flowing and your going to cause unnecessary wear, just fog it out if your not going to ride it.
    Agree - running the ski for a short period, even a minute, in cold climates isn't enough to get the oil to temperature, and you end up with a condensation in the oil. Running on the hose is better, but I would just do the full winterization for cold climates where it gets below freezing for extended periods

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Arnaut View Post
    Hey guys

    if you can keep your skis in a garage all winter - why can't you just start them up for about 10 seconds every week or so instead of doing the complete winterizing thing?
    Starting the engine like that does absolutely nothing but create condensation in the oil and excessive engine start-up wear as most engine wear occurs on cold engine start-up. Just put in some Stabil in the fuel and run the engine a bit so it gets in the system, change the oil, fog the supercharger, take the battery out and put it on a trickle charger and wait till spring. No need to start it up periodically. The reason you change the oil is that over time, old oil can get acidic and you do not want acidic oil sitting in your ski for the storage months. Doing so can actually harm metals and seals.

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    If the gas will sit more than about 4 months it's better to just drain the tank. Stabilizers don't do much for excessive water in the gas and modern gasolines have so much ethanol in them it can be a bad combination in terms of phase separation

    Thankfully it's still high 80s here in NC in October - I'll get a few more rides in!

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    Thanks guys for all you responses - I will get the oil changed and fog it up and put it in storage - too bad we can't turn them into snow mobiles -

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