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I'm new to the waverunner world. Just got my 2009 VX Deluxe beginning of September. I was holding out for a good deal which i think I got. Paid $7200 for my new 2009 model with a new 2010 trailer. I have been having a ball with it, so far it has been running like a charm :D. So on to my question.

I live in Massachusetts and it gets to sub freezing temps during most of the winter. My ski will be stored outside so I am very concerned about prooper winterizing and getting all the water out of the engine.

I have owned boats for many years and have always winterized myself without any problems. I usually pull some drain plugs and drain all the water from the engine. But what I have seen in most forums regarding getting the water out of the jetski engine is tilt it with bow up and just run it a few seconds at a time to blow out the water.

I didn't like the sound of that so I even tried to run some antifreeze through the engine using the flush tube and fitting with a gravity feed tank I have full of antifreeze. I guess the pressure from gravity feed is not enough because the engine got hot very quickly and I had to shut it down. So I am still not comfortable that the antifreeze made its way through the engine cooling system.

Is tilting it bow up and running a few seconds a time to blow the water out truley sufficeint to be sure all the water is out of the engine. I don't want to have any frozen water damage on my new ski.

Appreciate any help.
 

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Tilting it works best and gets most of it out. Gravity feed is not going to get antifreeze into motor, it needs to be pressurized. If you have salt-water in there, i would run a flush kit with fresh water to clear the system first. Also, fog the motor as well.
 

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Is "Most" of it out good enough ?

Sorry to be paranoid about this but is getting "Most" of the water out good enough. Are there any drain plugs on this engine that i should open up?

I would like to hear from those up in the North where it drops below freezing.
What are you doing? and has it been working for you?
 

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winterizing

Thanks - Ernest - good stuff. Makes sense that starting the engine several times (10 -15 seconds at a time) to blow out the water should get most out and as he stated in the post, a little water will have room to expand without causing any damage.

Thanks again :thumbsup:
 
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