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Old 11-21-2020, 07:04 AM
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Sorry for another winterizing question but my search didn’t come up with an answer. I live inland in NC so still fishing but will need to put the boat up soon for a couple of months. My boat is garage kept but not heated. First time winterizing so I will put stabilizer in the fuel and run the 60 hp 2 stroke for 10 to 15 minutes to make sure it gets to the carbs. Questions is this, is it better to pull the fuel line and run the gas out of the carbs and let the engine stall out or just leave the fuel in the carbs and let it be. I have always run carbs dry on all my 2 and 4 stroke carbed motors in the past.

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Fuel with ethanol, run it dry. Non-ethanol, doesn’t matter.
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dont add stabilizer to old fuel, only new / fresh fuel!!

your manual should cover winterization steps
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Thanks for the answers. I usually have fresh fuel because I fill up almost weekly. I think I will run the carbs dry and hope for the best in the spring.
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Can you get non ethanol fuel? If yes just run some of that and you're fine
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Ah, no - ethanol free fuel does not guarantee your jets won't fill with varnish. I suggest you: yes use alcohol free fuel, fill tanks to minimize condensation, use stabilizer, run system to ensure stabilizer distribution throughout fuelline/carb system, then (but hard to time right but you can do a trial run and time it) run carbs dry while fogging engine.
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Don’t fill the tank(s). It’s a 60 ho motor? Use the fuel elsewhere and start w fresh in the spring.
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Stabil and Startron in tank. run engine like you stated. Then run engine until it stalls, pull plugs, spray light oil in cylinders- turn flywheel to coat cylinders. Lightly tighten plugs

drain lower unit, add new lower gear case oil. Grease all fittings, spray lubricant on steering tube and steering shaft .
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Originally Posted by hipmotized View Post
Stabil and Startron in tank. run engine like you stated. Then run engine until it stalls, pull plugs, spray light oil in cylinders- turn flywheel to coat cylinders. Lightly tighten plugs

drain lower unit, add new lower gear case oil. Grease all fittings, spray lubricant on steering tube and steering shaft .
leave outboard down so it drains

Did the above for years.no issues. with that said, check owners manual
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if its more than 3 months add stabilizer and dont worry about it. if more than 6 months add stabilizer and run it dry if carb,, and never run injectors dry.

problem if you get varnish in the lines and its easy to do then it keeps flaking and gums up your carb until you replace it all.
but you should replace fuel lines often as they can turn your boat into a bon fire.

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