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Re: Winterizing on the hard
If you didn't do that, then I highly suggest doing one before you fire up for the anti-freeze. You will have to draw cold oil, which may take longer, but will work. When you fire up for the antifreeze, you will circulate the new oil over that minute or two. Old oil will have lost its protective qualities and have contaminants that allow corrosion. You want fresh oil when sitting over the winter. Again, it will lose its protective qualities just sitting there, so change it again when you relaunch. Some have trouble with changing oil that has not been run, but it does not last just sitting in your crankcase. Its very cheap preventative maintenance.
Many will pull their impeller after winterizing, which is a good idea. However, I never use mine more than one season, so I leave it in for the winter and change it when I launch.
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