Top 5 Precautions to adhere to when quick-flushing your outboard engine

Top 5 Precautions for quick-flushing your outboard engine

Flushing your outboard engine with a quick-flush solution, such as Flush-M, offers great convenience and efficiency. It is however vital to observe certain additional precautions and measures during the flushing process to ensure safe and long-term usage of your outboard engine.

Read below for our Top 5 Precautions to adhere to when quick-flushing your outboard engine.

  1. Flush for the prescribed amount of time
    This is probably the most important factor to be cautious of and keep in mind when quick-flushing your outboard. Take the necessary, prescribed, time to complete the flush procedure. Consult your specific manufacturer, however the typical time is 15 minutes per engine.
  2. Water pressure and correct installation
    Monitor the water for optimal pressure during flushing, as excessive pressure has the potential to damage the internal engine components. Consult your owners’ guide or the manufacturer for the correct pressure levels to use.
    In combination with checking the correct pressure,ensure the flushing attachment is securely installed and connecting to the flushing port of the engine in the correct manner before you begin. The optimal pressure and attachments ensure getting the best engine maintenance during the flush
  3. Using Engine Additives
    Regularly use an outboard engine additive such as ‘Saltaway’. This assists the engine flush procedure and helps to dissolve and dislodge ultra stubborn calcium scale as well as salt build up inside the cooling passages and components of the outboard, such as the thermostats.
    These additives can many times be introduced in-line , if supported,  as with the Flush-M quick-connect.
  4. Check for Leaks
    Inspect the quick-flushing attachment on a regular basis.
    Inspect it for any leaks around the connections or anything abnormal during flushing.
    If you do notice anything unusual or any leaks, stop the process immediately as there could be damage caused to your outboard should it not be passing through the cooling areas correctly.
    Inspect both the connectors and attachment for damage and replace before continuing.
  5. Be mindful of the environment
    Lastly, be mindful of where you flush as the water will contain residue of what has been left inside the outboard. Be mindful of where the flushed water is discharged and any areas where there is water run-off, where fluids may negatively impact the environment.
    Examples of these are bodies of water close to sensitive ecosystems or storm drains that lead directly to main waterways.

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