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Old 11-13-2004, 12:08 PM
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Default Outboard not drained - How cold before freeze damage?

Had a little water in the exhaust outlet in the lower unit of my Yamaha F225. The temp dropped down to 27 degrees last night. Lowered engine today. Water drained out. Think any damage may have occurred?
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Old 11-13-2004, 12:35 PM
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Chances are that you don't have a problem whatsoever but you should keep the engine straight up and down.* Good luck.
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Default RE: Outboard not drained - How cold before freeze damage?

I second that, I would not worry about it. If its salt water, it takes a very long time at very low temp to freeze enough to crack a lower unit. Even fresh water would take along time at 27 degrees. Just my 2 cents
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Chances are that you don't have a problem whatsoever but you should keep the engine straight up and down.* Good luck.
Thanks Mud Runner.

Yeah, I could kick myself cause I know better. I just brought boat home from the dealership. It was a long day and a long drive and I just left it all parked in the driveway. Temp wasn't supposed to dip that low last night, but when I woke up and checked Weather.com, it said it was 27 degrees here. It did frost as well. The dealership winterized the engine, but they also washed the boat for me (stored indoors) and I didn't lower the motor before I pulled it out of their garage. There wasn't any rain so it must've been water from when they washed it.
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I certainly agree with above.* If you are every really woried about getting*all the water out, just run some antifreese (pink stuff) through it, on*the muffs.* I just let mine drain out and put a plastic bag over the prop shaft.* I always remove props for winter.* It's a good habit, they never 'bond' to the shaft. * When I tilt it up, no rain water gets into it either (or mice).
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Default RE: Outboard not drained - How cold before freeze damage?

i would not waste any concern regarding this. The real problem is in deep freeze over time and then when the water is contained in small or narrow passages where it has no place to expand when frozen.
If water is puddled up in the housing and it freezes it does not mean it will cause problems unless it has no room to expand and then it applies pressure and causes fractures.

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