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Old 05-10-2015, 10:49 PM   #1
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Hey guys. I have a Mercury saltwater 150 and am pretty religious about flushing the motor with fresh water after use. I am coming down this week and doubt I'll have the ability to flush when we get done fishing (leaving it at storage unit since I'm coming back for Memorial Day). Is there any concern or should I make sure to find somewhere to flush it? Am I overly anal by worrying about it so much?
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Old 05-10-2015, 11:00 PM   #2
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I would just find somewhere to flush it and not have the worry in the back of your head
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I'm no mechanic tech, but if you let it go ONCE, probably wouldn't hurt much. But if there were any opportunity to flush it- I'd take the extra time to do it. Why let one flake of corrosion embed in the heart of your engine?
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Yep, I'd flush it. Preferably with SaltAway.
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Old 05-11-2015, 07:43 PM   #5
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Flush has to help - however I flush my engines about twice year .... when I pull for extended time off the water or spring maintenance .... pair 150 hp - 1,400 hours - no cooling issues ... I do change water pumps and thermo stats every 600 hours (works out to about every two years) .


Not flushing for a week then flushing afterwards would not worry me in the least - just my humble opinion


Use the boat and fish often .. seems to help
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I will add that my boat doesn't get flushed after every trip because sometimes it stays in the water for a few days at a time but I do flush it every time I take it out of the water for 5-10 minutes sometimes longer depending on what I have going on while I am flushing it or how ever long it takes me to drink my silver bullet haha
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Where are you traveling to with your boat
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I would find a place to flush it. Car wash maybe or perhaps there's a forum member that lives nearby.
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Hey guys. I have a Mercury saltwater 150 and am pretty religious about flushing the motor with fresh water after use. I am coming down this week and doubt I'll have the ability to flush when we get done fishing (leaving it at storage unit since I'm coming back for Memorial Day). Is there any concern or should I make sure to find somewhere to flush it? Am I overly anal by worrying about it so much?
Where will you be traveling to with your boat.
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I imagine a whole lot of people that keep their boats in the water flush the motors somewhere between once a year and never. I read THT a lot and a good bit of the people in the NE only flush at the end of the season. I generally flush mine after every trip but if I forget or I can't for some reason it doesn't bother me.

It is kind of a religious thing. If it makes you feel better, great, do it. In the end, does it matter? Who knows?

Letting it sit for a week or two without flushing it won't hurt anything.
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