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    First timer question

    This is my first winter with my boat and so far I haven't winterized it 'cause it normally doesn't get real cold here. Well tomorrow night the temp is supposed to get down to 25 deg. so I'm thinking of taking off of work early and adding antifreeze to the engine per the manual. The only thing is where the hose goes into the block where you add the antifreeze looks like it would be hard to get to. It's partially hidden under the fuel rail on the driver's side of the engine and just out of reach of my short arms. I was wondering if I were to plug the flush hose on the transom and pour antifreeze in the top flush connection and then crank the engine, would the engine pull it through the system or does it require pressure like from a hose? I would probably only run it for about 30 seconds. Also, my boat stays in an enclosed garage but it is not insulated so it normally stays 5 to 10 degrees above the outside temp. My second question is how in the world do you work on anything in the engine compartment? Like I said, I've got short arms and can't reach anything just leaning over the seat. So, do you actually climb into the engine compartment to get to what you can't reach. Thanks


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    Since it's just for a day or two... I'd be more inclined to just put a 30W light bulb on an extension cord in the engine compartment rather than try to winterize. That should keep it plenty warm and will only take a few minutes to rig up.

    Often people that are on well water have a small cover or little shed over the actual pump and leave a light bulb on all winter to keep anything from freezing. Seems like the same would work for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ausgezeichnet7 View Post
    Since it's just for a day or two... I'd be more inclined to just put a 30W light bulb on an extension cord in the engine compartment rather than try to winterize. That should keep it plenty warm and will only take a few minutes to rig up.

    Often people that are on well water have a small cover or little shed over the actual pump and leave a light bulb on all winter to keep anything from freezing. Seems like the same would work for you.
    Just make sure you carefull and takin the time to HANG the light in the engine bay. You dont want the bulb to melt hoses or anything or worse cause a fire. but I winterize it though for peice of mind. If you hook a short hose to the flush connecter i would think it would suck the antifreeze through, also what pwc/boat do you have?????

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    It would help us to help you if we knew what make, model, and year of boat you have.

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