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    Think your jet pump is clean - so did I...

    I did not notice any performance issues the last time I was out on this Virage TXi, but when I pulled the jet pump for a completely different issue, look what I found inside

    Looks like the plastic inner liner from a bottle cap

    What surprised me is that it got caught between the impeller blade and the extended wear ring, and just spun with the blade.

    It was slowly melting as it spun, but it looks like it would have hung on for quite some time.

    Lesson learned - when checking the jet pump for foreign objects, look very closely!

    Side note: The white specks you see on the inside of the wear ring are tiny dead zebra mussels. As you can see, they hang on quite well, even in the high water flow inside a jet pump.

    These are dead because the pump has been out of the water for a while.

    Invasive species are a real hassle, and you can see it would take some effort to ensure the machine has zero live specimens if you are moving it from one lake to another.

    Bleach or very hot water will kill them. They can also live inside the engine water jacket or the water box, for several days...


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    Thought it was a condom for just a moment.
    Those muscles are something else. I didn't know much about them until last summer. We went to Colorado, to Lake Pueblo, and they inspected you in & out. Now I have an idea what they were looking for.

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    There it is.....

    I've been looking for my lid for the past 3 days. Stupid fly fell into my drink.


    Yeah, them Zebra mussels are something else. Spread like wildfire in Erie.

    Clogging water intakes for power plants and coating boat hulls.

    Kinda a mixed blessing though. So many of them, and they actually filter the water. Erie is now more clean than it has been in many years. At least that's what I've heard.....??????

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    wow thats crazy, and the zebra muscles, now i know whats on mine too wasnt sure what it was. Will be cleaning it in the near future thanks for the heads up

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    [quote=xlint89;1090755]There it is.....

    I've been looking for my lid for the past 3 days. Stupid fly fell into my drink.

    LMFAO!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Side note: The white specks you see on the inside of the wear ring are tiny dead zebra mussels. As you can see, they hang on quite well, even in the high water flow inside a jet pump.

    ...
    just looks like S.FLORIDA corrosion
    m/m

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    Quote Originally Posted by KEYZBUM View Post
    just looks like S.FLORIDA corrosion
    It does look like aluminum corrosion, which is one of the reasons people don't think they are transporting anything - 'just a little surface corrosion on there, they think'...

    But the Zebra mussels stick to any smooth surface in the water. Your hull gel coat can feel like sandpaper, and even the black painted metal surfaces feels rough, and have white speckles.

    Scrub it down, and the 'corrosion' reveals smooth paint underneath - it was not corrosion!

    Slide your hand over the hull, and if you feel roughness, it needs to come off!

    Then you need to either let the machine sit for days on end, hoping they will all die off while hiding in the wet recesses of the bilge and engine, or you have to go after them with chemistry or heat.

    And just how do you clean the tiny attached shells out of the engine water jacket?

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    And just how do you clean the tiny attached shells out of the engine water jacket?
    HOPEFULLY the water gets hot enough to kill them buggers. Is 143* enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xlint89 View Post
    HOPEFULLY the water gets hot enough to kill them buggers. Is 143* enough?
    That is the thermostat's target exit temperature. The water in a lot of the engine water intake piping never gets that hot.

    I am not sure just how hot the water needs to be

    Chlorine will also kill them, but of course you need to keep liquid chlorine out of the lake, and it is unpleasant stuff to work with.

    The biggest problem is for boats that are docked in the water, but even trailered boats can collect and carry them. In fact, trailered boats are considered the biggest problem vector for the spread of invasive species like the Zebra mussels.

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