Quick Winterization Question

GlockGlock Posts: 192 Baller
So, I just picked up a new to me 2012 TXI right before Thanksgiving. The dealer winterized it, but only drained the engine and didn't fill it up with antifreeze. I has been cold here in Portland lately and I am a little worried, being from Michigan, I have always filled the engine with antifreeze. You all think I'm alright?


  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,321 Mega Baller
    Only has to be drained, it is fine to not fill it with antifreeze. Using antifreeze is typically more for corrosion protection and potentially to dilute any pockets of water that got left behind. If a dealer did the draining then I sure wouldn't worry about it as long as they remembered to blow out the heater core.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,481 Mega Baller
    Make sure if it has a knock sensor that they removed it. Dealer did mine years ago. I didn't trust them so I checked it. The whole side with the knock sensor was still full of water.
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,321 Mega Baller
    2012 has a knock sensor on each side
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • FLeboeufFLeboeuf Posts: 66 Baller
    It depends on how cold it can get. I'm from the area of Montreal, Qc and it gets in the minuses fahrenheit so just draining is very risky here. I did only drain a monsoon 325 a couple years ago following the procedure of some dealer on how to winterize that type of engine. Didnt put antifreeze as it was not recommended by that dealer and the following spring the circulating pump was cracked and leaking. There's always leftover water somewhere in the engine no matter how well you drain it so I think you should put antifreeze.
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,321 Mega Baller
    It typically gets down to -20f here, and while I do use antifreeze for corrosion protection, most do not. If there was water in the circulation pump then someone failed to remove the j hose when they were winterizing it.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,788 Mega Baller
    I live in Massachuserts where it gets pretty cold and I have a 2002 Malibu and have only ever drained the block and have had no problems with it. When I bought it those were the instructions from the Malibu dealer.
    Mark Shaffer
  • thagerthager Posts: 4,345 Mega Baller
    I used to only drain the water in MN on an older Hydrodyne. Had some problems with internal corrosion flaking sometimes blocking drain holes. Not a big deal but now I use antifreeze and have not seen the flaking corrosion since.
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • JordanJordan Posts: 1,103 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Have a 93 prostar with lt1. In ontario....plenty cold here...always just drain it....no problems in o er 10 years
  • wolfgangwolfgang Posts: 95 Baller
    Another Canadian here.....I have always just drained the engine, but very thoroughly. Along with blowing our the heater core I 'rod' the knock sensor and drain plug holes with wire coat hanger on each side of the block. It's amazing how much water comes out with the rust flakes. My LXI 2004 has aluminum exhaust manifolds and one corroded through and leaked water at a casting node last year. We welded in a plug and it's fine now. I always carry a tube of JB Weld in case the other side goes while out on the water. I don't think I could fill the manifold with anti freeze and don't believe tha RV glycol has any inhibitors any ways. Also, I think that the manifold leak was galvanic and not oxidation.
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,321 Mega Baller
    RV stuff is for toilets, what you use is something like camco banfrost which is propylene glycol.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • liquid dliquid d Posts: 1,056 Mega Baller
    We usually take the Bimini off to winterize...you know, just so you can enjoy the cooler weather.
  • wolfgangwolfgang Posts: 95 Baller
    It was 8C in Toronto today, I think spring is coming..... Boat show is on this week too. Bought laces for the the Enzo boots last week. Bring it on (soon)!
  • GlockGlock Posts: 192 Baller
    Great, I feel better about this. Now I have to sit and look at my new boat for at least three months before I get to use it. Torture. At least I have Fin Whispering to keep me entertained.
  • MrBMrB Posts: 146 Baller
    There are dealers here in Michigan that drain engine, fill with anti freeze then drain again. They would rather dispose of the antifreeze properly than put in the lakes.
  • wolfgangwolfgang Posts: 95 Baller
    No Malibu direct drive at the boat show in Toronto. 20 foot v drive $108,000 Cdn !
  • wolfgangwolfgang Posts: 95 Baller
    Nautique 200 and mastercraft direct drive didn't post prices
  • skihardskihard Posts: 540 Crazy Baller
    Originally from Canada and I would use a fake lake with a mix of antifreeze and water in my pails. (2 x 5 gallons) Once engine was flushed I removed all plugs in block, drained water pump, and removed all water lines at lowest points.
    I would recover most of my mixture with pails under exhaust ports at back of boat and under drain in bilge area.
    I lived in AB where it gets colder than most parts and never ever had an issue with ant of my boats.
    Spring just did reverse. Put plugs back in, hooked up hoses and fake lake, Started boat up, let water circulate and loaded ski equipment into boat to head to lake.
    Oh I always stored my battery in my basement on top of a plastic milk crate so it wouldn't freeze.
    2014 Carbon Pro, Radar Pro Build Lithium Vapor w/ Vapor Carbitex Boa Bindings - life's about working hard and then having fun on the water! I am - are you?
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