Mercury Outboard Motor Flushing Made Easier
Experienced boat owners understand the value of outboard motor flushing as an essential maintenance practice that ensures the optimal performance of an outboard motor. Flushing involves cleaning the internal components of your engine to remove harmful deposits that can reduce the longevity of a motor or hinder performance.
Flush-M is a high-quality outboard motor flushing product designed to replace and improve Mercury outboards’ standard OEM flush plug. Below, we’ll discuss why you need to flush your engine, the benefits of using Flush-M, and how to use it with your outboard.
Why You Need To Flush Your Engine
Outboard motors are prone to the corrosive effects of water, leading to rusting and wear over time. In addition, the water they operate in has salt, minerals, and other impurities that accumulate inside the engine over time.
There are two primary reasons for flushing outboards. First, it’s essential to flush an engine to protect it from corrosion. When a motor is used in any fresh or saltwater environment, chemical reactions occur. Outboard motor flushing can help prevent rust and other corrosion from forming on the internal parts.
The second reason to regularly flush an engine is to prevent the build-up of contaminants or debris like mud, vegetation, or other foreign matter. Without flushing, the motor is susceptible to blockage caused by those potential inhibitors. Over time, the engine’s cooling mechanisms may not work as efficiently because blockages will prevent heat transfer from the engine to the water. Flushing an engine can help remove these inhibitors, allowing the motor to run more efficiently and last longer.
How Often Should You Flush an Outboard Engine?
First and foremost, boat owners should follow their engine manufacturer’s recommendations for flushing. Different brands, models, and sizes of outboard motors may require different flushing intervals as well as specific methods.
In an ideal world, best practices state that you should flush and rinse after each trip. However, if that isn’t feasible, flush your outboard engine as often as possible to prevent corrosion and build-up of contaminants.
Do I Need to Flush an Outboard After Freshwater Use?
Outboards used in freshwater systems are still subject to the dangers associated with foreign matter intrusion. Various debris in freshwater, like lily pads, sand, algae, and other materials, can foul up cooling passages in your engine. Without proper flushing and maintenance, outboards may be at risk of overheating.
Tips on Preparing an Outboard for Use After a Season of Inactivity
After a sustained period of inactivity, preparing an outboard for a new season of use is vital. Running an engine at home before the first trip of the new season is a good idea to make sure the engine and its components are in good working order.
At-home motor flushing and preparation allow owners to drain antifreeze safely without contaminating local waterways. In addition, flushing the engine provides ample time to ensure that the impeller works correctly to create proper water pressure and that thermostats operate as needed.
Ultimately, pre-trip warm-up and prep time are designed to ensure that everything works as it should before an outing. They’re a good way to prevent ruining a big day out on the water. Spending a few minutes at home before a trip can save you hours of headache and frustration.
Why Use Flush-M Instead of the Traditional Flushing Method In Your Mercury Outboard?
Flushing a mercury outboard using old-school methods can be time-consuming and finicky. One of the biggest problems mercury owners face is removing the OEM flush plug. Flush-M works very well to solve that issue. Using the Flush-M simplifies the entire process and, in a way, encourages owners to be more consistent with their maintenance rituals.
Flush-M also includes a unique plug that seals the orifice in the male connector, which protects your engine in the event of valve failure. If the valve fails during operation while using the Flush-M, you may see a small amount of water egress, but it won’t harm the engine.
Additionally, in the center of the Flush-M cap, there is a tiny sacrificial seal that allows users to replicate OEM orifices in the cap by tapping that seal out. Removing that small seal allows for the egress of water if so desired. Owners who keep boats in cold weather climates can remove the seal to drain excess water that could otherwise freeze and cause internal damage.
Installing a Flush-M
Installing a Flush-M is very simple and requires no special skills. The process is similar to the typical approach used to flush a mercury outboard.
- Unscrew the cap just like you would to prepare for a typical flush operation.
- Next, attach Flush-M to your outboard engine. Flush-M attaches similarly to how a hose connects for a standard motor flushing procedure.
- Once the Flush-M is attached, you’re set with a quick connect feature that makes the flushing process fast and easy.
How to Use a Flush-M
A Flush-M is designed to be used as a replacement for an original flush plug. Simply follow manufacturer recommendations and use the Flush-M in the same way that you would typically flush an engine.
Final Thoughts on Outboard Motor Flushing: Keep Your Engine Clean & Running Smoothly
In conclusion, flushing your Mercury Outboard is a crucial maintenance practice that should be followed religiously. Routine flushing with a product like Flush-M can guarantee that harmful deposits are eliminated from the cooling system, prevent overheating, deter corrosion, and reduce the risk of costly repairs.
Flush-M is specially designed to make this process simple and efficient for Mercury engines ensuring optimal engine performance. So don’t forget to add Flush M into your marine care kit this season to keep your boat running smoothly on every water adventure!