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Old 11-08-2019, 03:31 PM
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So, with all the talk of winterizing I have a question. I currently live in Florida and will be moving to the Northeast next year.
I have read all the info on what needs to be done to an outboard. But keep asking myself the below question.
My question is, why not remove the lower unit and bring it inside for the winter? I would make a plate to cover where the LU was to keep out critters.
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Why bother? All you do with the LU is change the gear oil and grease up the shaft... surely thats easier than removing the LU each time
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No reason to for winterizing but it's a good idea to remove once a year anyway just to grease the splines so they don't get fused together up there.
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My question is why, and what’s in the lower unit that needs to be protected from cold or freezing temps?
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My question is why, and what’s in the lower unit that needs to be protected from cold or freezing temps?
Nothing. Where did you come up with this?
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Originally Posted by aboattime View Post
So, with all the talk of winterizing I have a question. I currently live in Florida and will be moving to the Northeast next year.
I have read all the info on what needs to be done to an outboard. But keep asking myself the below question.
My question is, why not remove the lower unit and bring it inside for the winter? I would make a plate to cover where the LU was to keep out critters.
some yards require lower units to be removed and stored securely
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if theres any water in it, it’ll freeze and crack stuff up. Happens all the time

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My question is why, and what’s in the lower unit that needs to be protected from cold or freezing temps?
Old 11-09-2019, 08:13 AM
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Originally Posted by sultany View Post
if theres any water in it, it’ll freeze and crack stuff up. Happens all the time


This was my thought. Seems most leave it on. Got my answer.
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With I/O's, some folks remove the lower unit. I have never seen anyone do this with an outboard - it's not like it would reduce theft.

Also winterizing is more about preparing it for a long period of disuse than just worrying about freezing.

Lastly, why on earth would you move up here?
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if theres any water in it, it’ll freeze and crack stuff up. Happens all the time

There are weep holes in the foot that allow the outboard to drain itself down clear of water , make sure they are clear and draining properly.
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if theres any water in it, it’ll freeze and crack stuff up. Happens all the time


Yearly maintance...drain it and replace the fluid. Than you will know whether you have a leaking seal.
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I pull my lower units every fall and store them in my basement. I like to check the water pump assembly and change the lube during the winter. Gives me time if I find water in the lube to replace seals. I also like to grease the splines and look up the leg to see if there is any corrosion. I just take a large green garbage bag and cover the opening for winter. It only takes about 15 minutes to pull the lower units and less time to put it back on. I also clean the case up real good and repaint them.

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