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Old 05-06-2021, 07:36 AM   #1
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Default Freshwater outboard in saltwater flush

I know iv saw suggestions on here but couldn't search them up. I'm taking my boat down to Port Aransas next week and I'm looking for suggestions on flushing the motor after I run it. Just straight water or do I need to buy the additive to run thru it ? What about washing the trolling motor after? Thanks.
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Old 05-06-2021, 07:37 AM   #2
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Old 05-06-2021, 07:40 AM   #3
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I fish with a buddy all the time in saltwater, he flushes motor everytime with additive I think its called saltaway, a boat mechanic in bay city recommended to do it everytime you can even spray the whole boat down with it
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Old 05-06-2021, 07:45 AM   #4
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Running a 2003 Motor that has only been in saltwater and has never had the additive through it, just water, let it run for 10-15 minutes.
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Old 05-06-2021, 07:58 AM   #5
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I used the salt away for a while. But all i do is run fresh water through mine.
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Old 05-06-2021, 08:02 AM   #6
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Freshwater flush is all you need. I have never used an additive in the flush.
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Old 05-06-2021, 08:05 AM   #7
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I hook the hose to mine after every trip and let the water flush it till I can no longer taste salt coming from the motor.


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Old 05-06-2021, 08:41 AM   #8
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WD40 all the exterior nuts and bolts on the motor as well.
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Old 05-06-2021, 08:47 AM   #9
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Corrosion x is way better than wd 40. It eats corrosion up, and leaves a protective layer on everything that wont evaporate.
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Old 05-06-2021, 08:48 AM   #10
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Just stop at a lake on the way home and make a quick circle. That will also help clean the salt off your trailer.

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Old 05-06-2021, 08:49 AM   #11
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Corrosion X does a good job of protecting from corrosion but dang I hate working on a motor with that gunk all over it.
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Old 05-06-2021, 08:50 AM   #12
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My Honda motors just have a water hose connector, so it’s just fresh water and everything gets a coating of fluid film or corrosion X under cover and on the steering
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Old 05-06-2021, 08:51 AM   #13
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My 2002 Yamaha had heat alarm going off about 4 years ago. Changed everything on the motor still went off. Finally took the heads off and the water ports were really corroded and caused a restriction. Cleaned them it fixed the problem. And I flushed every time I got back.

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Old 05-06-2021, 09:04 AM   #14
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As stated just a good freshwater flush. I’d be more worried about the trailer, what kind is it?
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Old 05-06-2021, 09:06 AM   #15
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Same as most here. I have a 32 yr old 30 hp & a 16 yr old 175. Both purchased new by me. never flushed with anything but fresh water.
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Old 05-06-2021, 09:12 AM   #16
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As stated just a good freshwater flush. Iíd be more worried about the trailer, what kind is it?
Hopefully your trailer is Galvanized or Aluminum.
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Old 05-06-2021, 09:13 AM   #17
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Corrosion X does a good job of protecting from corrosion but dang I hate working on a motor with that gunk all over it.
The red can isn't bad. The green can is pretty messy.
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Old 05-06-2021, 09:44 AM   #18
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The red can isn't bad. The green can is pretty messy.
That is why I switched to Corrosion Block. It does the same as corrosion x, but it dries clean like a silicone product. It work great for use under the cowling. It will not make electrical wires sticky or degrade them.

https://www.blockcorrosion.com/

https://www.blockcorrosion.com/How-C...s_ep_43-1.html

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Old 05-06-2021, 10:17 AM   #19
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The red can isn't bad. The green can is pretty messy.

The boeshield T9 works great.


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Hopefully your trailer is Galvanized or Aluminum.
It's neither, it's a tracker trail star brand?? What steps do I need to do to the trailer?
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Old 05-06-2021, 12:21 PM   #21
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I flush mine with Salt Awayafter every trip and I also spray off my Galv trailer with it after every dunk.

Donít know if it helps or not but 10 years later my trailer is not rusted and water jackets are clean everytime I pull the T-stats.
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Old 05-06-2021, 01:22 PM   #22
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It's neither, it's a tracker trail star brand?? What steps do I need to do to the trailer?
If the trailer is not Galvanized or Aluminum, I personally would not put it in Saltwater. I guess you could wash it off immediately after launching the boat. I have seen trailers like that have a severe amount of rust after 9 to 12 months or so. They will rust internally.
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Old 05-06-2021, 01:33 PM   #23
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It's neither, it's a tracker trail star brand?? What steps do I need to do to the trailer?


From what I can tell from the internet that is a tube frame painted trailer. I can tell you from experience that if you put it in saltwater 1 time the frame will rust out within a couple years.

The tubes are not sealed and saltwater gets inside the tubes where you canít wash and they rust from the inside out
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Old 05-06-2021, 01:49 PM   #24
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From what I can tell from the internet that is a tube frame painted trailer. I can tell you from experience that if you put it in saltwater 1 time the frame will rust out within a couple years.

The tubes are not sealed and saltwater gets inside the tubes where you canít wash and they rust from the inside out
This.

The saltwater getting in the tubing and causing rust from the inside is what gets you, happened to me and others I know. I would not put it in saltwater myself but if you do Iíd suggest backing it in a freshwater lake a few times before I took it home.
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From what I can tell from the internet that is a tube frame painted trailer. I can tell you from experience that if you put it in saltwater 1 time the frame will rust out within a couple years.

The tubes are not sealed and saltwater gets inside the tubes where you canít wash and they rust from the inside out
This right here.

If you're dead set on using your boat, find a boat launch with a lift/sling that puts your boat in the water so you don't dunk your steel trailer. If not, budget $3-5K for a new trailer within the next couple years
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Old 05-06-2021, 01:52 PM   #26
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If the trailer is not Galvanized or Aluminum, I personally would not put it in Saltwater. I guess you could wash it off immediately after launching the boat. I have seen trailers like that have a severe amount of rust after 9 to 12 months or so. They will rust internally.
Dang, ok. I hadn't even thought of the trailer honestly. I'll be there for a couple weeks and don't know how much I'll get to fish. Will spraying the whole trailer with corrosion x help?
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Old 05-06-2021, 01:53 PM   #27
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This right here.

If you're dead set on using your boat, find a boat launch with a lift/sling that puts your boat in the water so you don't dunk your steel trailer. If not, budget $3-5K for a new trailer within the next couple years
Well hail, may of changed my mind now.
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Old 05-06-2021, 01:58 PM   #28
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Well looks like I'll be looking for guide lol
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Old 05-06-2021, 01:59 PM   #29
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Yeah, the motor isn't really a big deal. Flush it with freshwater and it's fine. The trailer is a big deal. I wouldn't dunk it in saltwater if I were you.
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From what I can tell from the internet that is a tube frame painted trailer. I can tell you from experience that if you put it in saltwater 1 time the frame will rust out within a couple years.

The tubes are not sealed and saltwater gets inside the tubes where you canít wash and they rust from the inside out
It is a tube style, it has a couple drain holes in the back but it does fill up with water when you back in. Thanks for the reply bud.
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Look at fluid film spray attachment to treat to trailer frame if dead set on dunking in salt water

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Old 05-06-2021, 02:47 PM   #32
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Look at fluid film spray attachment to treat to trailer frame if dead set on dunking in salt water

https://youtu.be/QiIym5JiMOc
Interesting
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Old 05-06-2021, 04:47 PM   #33
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I'll be going down to Port A in July for a week and was planning on bringing the boat, (Bass tracker pro team 185; steel painted tube trailer.)

I was planning on drilling some holes in the frame near the front to put a hose nozzle in to flush the frame from the inside out a few times while there, as well as dunking it in a freshwater lake on the way home at the end of the week, do ya'll think this would be adequate for cleaning?
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Old 05-06-2021, 05:46 PM   #34
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Flush a motor?
What hell for
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Flush a motor?
What hell for
Sorry boss, not everyone has the luxury of being in saltwater their whole life.
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Sorry boss, not everyone has the luxury of being in saltwater their whole life.
Iím not being a smart @@@, just want to know why?
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Old 05-06-2021, 08:28 PM   #38
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I'll be going down to Port A in July for a week and was planning on bringing the boat, (Bass tracker pro team 185; steel painted tube trailer.)

I was planning on drilling some holes in the frame near the front to put a hose nozzle in to flush the frame from the inside out a few times while there, as well as dunking it in a freshwater lake on the way home at the end of the week, do ya'll think this would be adequate for cleaning?
Definitely better than nothing but tubular painted trailers in the salt is bad news, youíll have no idea whatís happening on the inside months from now. I had an old Skeeter trailer that pretty much disintegrated on me after a couple trips to the salt in the 90ís, even after real thorough rinsing.
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Iím not being a smart @@@, just want to know why?
To flush it.
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What hell for


Because salt builds up in the water jackets in the motor blocking coolant flow......but you knew that
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