Washing Motor

Discussion in 'General Maintenance/Repair Questions' started by Gerry Patterson, Sep 27, 2021.

  1. Gerry Patterson

    Gerry Patterson New Member

    12
    Sep 27, 2021
    Cocoa, FL
    2011 Sea Ray, Sundeck 240
    1ea, Mercuriser 5.0 w/Bravo 3
    Hi All,
    New to the forum and owning an I/O.

    This probably sounds dumb, but is it safe for me to rinse the engine and components with city water after use? I want to wash off any salt and prevent further corrosion by applying WD40 a couple times a year.

    Not sure how many electrical components I'm going to damage- It is a Smartcraft.
     
  2. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Wash gently and you'll be fine. You may want to cover the intake to be safe. Look up products like Salt Away and Salt Terminator.

    FYI, something like Boeshield is light years ahead of WD40 and will last much longer.
     
  3. Gerry Patterson

    Gerry Patterson New Member

    12
    Sep 27, 2021
    Cocoa, FL
    2011 Sea Ray, Sundeck 240
    1ea, Mercuriser 5.0 w/Bravo 3
    Thank you!
     
  4. HawkX66

    HawkX66 Well-Known Member

    978
    Jul 27, 2020
    SE Virginia and NH
    "Tread Knot"
    1997 Sea Ray Sundancer 290DA

    2020 F350 6.7L
    454 L29 Carb w/ Bravo III
    If it really needs a bath, only do it after it's cold. Cold water and hot cast iron = a loud pop when it cracks. Hot engine components can also cause a vacuum that sucks water into places you don't want it. Watch out around electrical components and connections. They also don't like water.
     
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  5. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    Its the inside of the engine that needs to be washed/flushed after use in salt water. Have you got that in your routine too?
     
  6. Gerry Patterson

    Gerry Patterson New Member

    12
    Sep 27, 2021
    Cocoa, FL
    2011 Sea Ray, Sundeck 240
    1ea, Mercuriser 5.0 w/Bravo 3
    Yes I put a set of ears on it and run it for a couple minutes to flush the water pump. Not that it matters lol, the last guy kept it in the water on the intracoastal.
     
  7. Gerry Patterson

    Gerry Patterson New Member

    12
    Sep 27, 2021
    Cocoa, FL
    2011 Sea Ray, Sundeck 240
    1ea, Mercuriser 5.0 w/Bravo 3
    Just trying to extend the life of things like alternator, pulleys and other components that are showing surface corrosion.
     
  8. HawkX66

    HawkX66 Well-Known Member

    978
    Jul 27, 2020
    SE Virginia and NH
    "Tread Knot"
    1997 Sea Ray Sundancer 290DA

    2020 F350 6.7L
    454 L29 Carb w/ Bravo III
    In that case I'd steer away from water washing and stick with something like WD40 like you mentioned wanting to use. "Water Displacement, 40th try..." Boeshield is good, but it doesn't last long.
     
  9. Bt Doctur

    Bt Doctur Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2010
    New Jersey
    Ex SRV 240 Weekender twin
    in between
    If you keep the compartment dry ,there is no need to get the motor wet, to cause connector corrosion or computer failure
     
  10. Gerry Patterson

    Gerry Patterson New Member

    12
    Sep 27, 2021
    Cocoa, FL
    2011 Sea Ray, Sundeck 240
    1ea, Mercuriser 5.0 w/Bravo 3
    water naturally drains there. the bilge pump is directly below.
     

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