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    Winterize Polaris Virago 700

    Hello there,
    First time on Forum and I may be posting in the wrong place. I can't find a button that says post.
    Do I have to put anti freeze in my Polaris when I winterize it?
    I have a 2002 Virago 700.

    Gaye Smith


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    Arrow 2002 Virage 700 winterizing

    Quote Originally Posted by gayesmit View Post
    Hello there,
    First time on Forum and I may be posting in the wrong place. I can't find a button that says post.
    Do I have to put anti freeze in my Polaris when I winterize it?
    I have a 2002 Virago 700.

    Gaye Smith
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    Welcome to the Green Hulk!

    To create a new thread, you start in the correct forum, then click on New Thread button near the top of the thread listings.

    You can download the 2002 Polaris Service Manual from here.

    Is your Virage fuel injected or carburetor?

    There is good information on winterizing available. Do Advanced Searches in the Polaris section for winterize and winterizing

    Winterizing has several aspects;
    Protecting the engine from corrosion
    More info here,
    and here

    Protecting the engine from water freeze damage

    Protecting the boat from winter weather and time

    Many here use Fluid Film, and you can get a free sample can via Green Hulk member Dano50. Fluid Film is sold at Canadian Tire, and others. You don't need a heavy film, just a thin spray.

    Do not use WD-40, or any other petroleum based solvent spray. Those can degrade rubber and plastic parts over time.

    Tip; If you unwind the trailer winch strap a few turns, then latch it, you can slide the ski backwards on the trailer a few inches to reduce tongue weight to near zero, then lift the trailer nose up high. This makes it easier to drain water out of the engine and hull.

    Regarding gasoline storage, try to avoid Ethanol in the gasoline. Fill the tank with premium grade non-Ethanol gasoline, add Marine grade Sta-Bil, then run the PWC on the lake one last time, or for a minute on the garden hose. This ensures the stabilizer has mixed with the fuel, and gotten to the carbs.

    Storing the machine with a full fuel tank reduces the water condensation inside the tank. Fill the 2-stroke oil tank for the same reason.

    Grease the through-hull fitting with waterproof grease.

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