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    Sucking Grass into the Intake Grate

    Hi Guys- I'm a newbie, and this weekend I took my ski (2005 GTX SC) out for it's maiden voyages. Upon pulling back onto the trailer both days, I found copious amounts of eel grass and other saltwater plants hanging out of my intake grate.

    Besides pulling out what I could by hand from below, and squirting up there with the hose, is there anything I should do? Does it go into the jet and get chewed up and spit out like a blender? I thought I saw some sea lettuce in my jet nozzle too, but it was really hard to get my hand up there to get it out, so I (very gently) used the hose to rinse it out.

    Thanks for any help you can give!


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    Use the hose. Also remember to backflush your engine with some soapy water.

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    Mark-

    By "use the hose," are you talking about the normal after-riding flush with Salt-Away with the flush valve? Or is there some other orifice I should be sticking the hose into? (Ya, ya, ya.)

    How do you backflush? Engine on or off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDGirl View Post
    Mark-

    By "use the hose," are you talking about the normal after-riding flush with Salt-Away with the flush valve? Or is there some other orifice I should be sticking the hose into? (Ya, ya, ya.)

    How do you backflush? Engine on or off?
    wow

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    Always flush with the engine on.
    Yes, flush thru your normal port.
    Use the hose to clear out the pump. Crawl underneath, and you'll be able to see up inside the pump area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hydrotoys View Post
    Always flush with the engine on.
    Yes, flush thru your normal port.
    Use the hose to clear out the pump. Crawl underneath, and you'll be able to see up inside the pump area.
    Thanks Mark. If I see grass up in the intake, but can't reach it and it won't rinse out with the hose, will it just get sucked into the pump, chewed up and spit out, or do I need to do more to pull it out? Other than creating drag on the hull, does the grass do any damage?

    Also, is it safe to spray the hose into the rear of the jet nozzle without damaging anything?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDGirl View Post
    Thanks Mark. If I see grass up in the intake, but can't reach it and it won't rinse out with the hose, will it just get sucked into the pump, chewed up and spit out, or do I need to do more to pull it out? Other than creating drag on the hull, does the grass do any damage?

    Also, is it safe to spray the hose into the rear of the jet nozzle without damaging anything?
    Take a coat hanger and drag it out. Yup, you can pour buckets of water up the jet nozzle without problems.

    One trick at the lake, with the power off, in waist water, is to stand on the back of the craft and bounce up and down. The wave action, with no pump running dislodges almost all of the loose crap out of the pumps.

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    So you should "hump" your ski? I thought I saw JP doing that at MB and thought he was showing his ski some PDA.

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    So you should "hump" your ski? I thought I saw JP doing that at MB and thought he was showing his ski some PDA.
    Good One NC!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hydrotoys View Post
    Always flush with the engine on.
    Yes, flush thru your normal port.
    Use the hose to clear out the pump. Crawl underneath, and you'll be able to see up inside the pump area.

    TO add to what Toys said, make sure you turn the engine on AND THEN START THE FLOW OF WATER, and when turning off the ski, STOP THE WATER FIRST, THEN TURN OFF THE SKI

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