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Old 04-20-2006, 07:10 AM
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Looking at a couple Jetski's that were not winterized last winter, how can I be sure the block or other area isn't cracked? Is this a visual inspection or is there some other way to confirm?

I'm on the northern side of South Carolina, temps have dipped in the low 30's a few times this winter season and maybe a couple nights hit 28-32C.

The two machines were hanging in a boat lift (uncovered) ~ 1995 SPX and 1996 XP. They are for sale for $2000.00 together with a trailer.
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are there other folks in the local area you know that have jet ski's - maybe you can ask them if they have a mechanic they all recommend, you could hire him out to check them for you. should not cost too much. i had asked a well known mechanic in my area about doing the same - he said he would charge me about $70 to do it including his travel time.
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What kind of jet ski's are they?
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A couple of nights in the 28-32 degree range will not freeze enough water to cause your block to crack even if they were in succession. Have the current owner start them and do a compression check. I would be more worried about the crap gas left in the ski's and not fogging the carbs then the water freezing.
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I doubt the blocks are damaged. Carbs needing a cleaning is another story. Jet Ski carbs can be quite tempermental. When you take them on a test drive open up the seat and make sure that there isn't any water spraying everywhere. I second having a mechanic check them over. Preferably not the dealer, there are many better jet ski mechanics out there.
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i agree with scrambler. I don't think you have anything to worry about with the blocks. If you didn't stabalize the fuel you might have some problems with the carbs. I used to work at a jet ski shop and would pull and clean carbs all spring for customers that didn't winterize their ski's.
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Default Re: Jetski's not winterized

Thanks for all the advice ... I've purchased a battery and plan on testing them out Saturday. Any danger in starting/running them with the carb's possibly being gunked up?

Does the price of $1000 ea. sound right assuming everything checks out? A trailer is included but I'm not sure if it's a single or a double.

If compression is good and they do in fact start I may get a price for carb cleaning from a PWC repair guy here and use that to negotiate the price down a little.
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Have a couple of jet ski's and a newer sea doo. I live on lake hartwell and have never winterized them. It gets pretty cold here but they are on lifts at the dock. I usually have to get a new battery but they have run like champs after that. I bought one in 1987 new and it even runs every year without a hitch! It should be fine as most of the water drains out if you rev it a couple of times when you take it out.
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pwctoday.com is a great jet ski site.



personally i doubt any thing is wrong with them. i would get them running before you buy them or atleast get a compression check.
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Around these parts we winterize our neighbors jet ski's by pouring mineral water at a 100:1 ratio into the cylinders and then we add a mixture of moth balls to the gas to preseve things.

In the spring the owner tries to fire the jet ski up and it won't budge. That's because it's winterized, as in frozen
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FireFly - 4/20/2006 11:01 AM Around these parts we winterize our neighbors jet ski's by pouring mineral water at a 100:1 ratio into the cylinders and then we add a mixture of moth balls to the gas to preseve things. In the spring the owner tries to fire the jet ski up and it won't budge. That's because it's winterized, as in frozen
So, how many winters in a row have you done this?

and would you mind helping out a few people around here?
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FireFly - 4/20/2006 11:01 AM Around these parts we winterize our neighbors jet ski's by pouring mineral water at a 100:1 ratio into the cylinders and then we add a mixture of moth balls to the gas to preseve things. In the spring the owner tries to fire the jet ski up and it won't budge. That's because it's winterized, as in frozen
So, how many winters in a row have you done this?

and would you mind helping out a few people around here?
Our manual requires winterizing a jet ski only once per life cycle. And yes, we can expand our business to your area
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In other words, your equipment only lasts one year?
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What can I expect to pay for carb rebuild/cleaning at a dealer and/or at a reputable shop?
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i try to keep the jet skis out of my props..
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