Winterization can not be understated. Without proper winterization/
storage of their products, boaters might incur complications while the
product is not being used. If the proper steps are not taken engine owners
could cause minor complications to catastrophic failures within the
internal components of the engine.
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Engine owners should take the initial steps to
set up an appointment with their local Pride Marine Group location before the
weather turns cold to prevent complications during the storage period.
Make sure you have a checklist of what your engine needs to be
Each engine owner should consult their product manual to determine the
exact requirements of the manufacture. The top four items to address when
winterizing/storing your products are:
- Change Oil Filter and Engine Filter
- Check the Sacrificial Anodes (Replace if 50% deteriorated)
- Add fuel stabilizer to fuel tank and run to cycle product through entire
- Replace Gearcase or Sterndrive unit Lubricants
Make sure you take your engine to Pride Marine Group - If you are
not a DIY person, it is best to have Pride Marine Group complete the
winterization/storage procedures recommended in the product manual.
The Pride Marine Group invoice will advise engine owners of the oil, fuel
treatment and lubricant products used during this procedure if not, please
ask. Always remember to consult the product manual or even a service
manual to ensure the product is being restored to factory settings when
the work has been completed.
If your products are going to be out in the harsh elements ensure your
boat/engine have been properly winterized and are protected. Boats
being stored outside should be shrink wrapped which can be completed at
your local Pride Marine Group location.
Engine owners, before using the engine for the first time in the Spring,
make sure to flush the engine (consult product manual) to ensure the
product is running properly before heading out on the water. If the
product is having complications, please consult the dealer who winterized
Boat owners; before launching your boat in the spring, make sure the
drain plug is installed. Pride Marine Group will carry out this installation
for you during the summerization process.