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Help--Flushed Incorrectly

Tadowman

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Just bought my boat on Wednesday 20 May, took it out that day, washed and flushed it that evening. Dude that gave us our overview said to turn water on first, then engine, so that's what we did to flush it. Yes we should have read book first, but we assumed he knew what he was talking about. Got on the water today and after a few minutes, got error messages on both engines. Brought it home today and dry started them one at a time. Initially got the error again, but after a few more starts no error. Does anyone think this could've fixed the problem. We won't know for sure until we get back on the water.
 

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Yes, engine first then water, then shutoff water first then shutoff engine. How much time Do you estimate passed from turning on the water to starting the engine?
 

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Yes, engine first then water, then shutoff water first then shutoff engine. How much time Do you estimate passed from turning on the water to starting the engine?
About a minute I think
 

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Not ideal for the engines to run the water when off..., but you should be fine if the engines turned on.
if you get the error message again, turn off the batteries for a while and then back on. That usually gets rid of stuck error messages.
if the engines don’t run right (low RPM, etc) best to have it checked out. If all runs good, enjoy the day and you should be good 👍
 

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If you got them running after, they will be ok. You did not hydrolock, bend/break parts like connecting rods. It does take a while for the water boxes to fill, depending on water pressure. You know the correct sequence now.
 

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When in doubt with water, once the engine starts, run it like you stole it for a while. Reaching and maintaining operating temperature will allow all water to dry off and boil away hopefully. What kind of errors were you seeing?
 

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When in doubt with water, once the engine starts, run it like you stole it for a while. Reaching and maintaining operating temperature will allow all water to dry off and boil away hopefully. What kind of errors were you seeing?
It just said engine malfunction and to take it to the dealer. If course I don't want to spend $800+ on something that can be easily remedied. I'm sure they'll say its worse than it is just to make the doe.
 

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About a minute I think
If it’s running ok now, nothing to worry about. Reset the system by disconnecting the batteries, that should clear your error codes. If they persist, you need to investigate further. Careful with flushing, although seems simple to do, the steps are critically important to follow. When in doubt, ping the forum.
 

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Another way to clear engine codes on the newer boats is to start and stop the engines 3 times in a row.

You are very likely all set. Get out there and enjoy boating!
 

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Another way to clear engine codes on the newer boats is to start and stop the engines 3 times in a row.

You are very likely all set. Get out there and enjoy boating!
Wow that's great information! Thanks.
 

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Dealer asked me to bring the boat by so they could check it. He saw 2 over heating warnings but nothing now. He cleared them, checked the oil and said it should be fine. Thanks for everyone's inputs. Be careful out there. I chose to not go out during this busy holiday weekend because I'm still learning how to maneuver my boat. I'd hate to look like a newby in front of so many people. LOL
 

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Hey, I'll say this. Awareness is more than half the battle. Minimal respect for the time of others and you are already an above average boater. If weather is good tomorrow don't hesitate to go. Practice backing up ahead of time. back up a good 10 times making sure you understand the movements of the trailer and what it takes to put it where you want. If you are iffy loading, you can load by hand. Get your feet wet and pull it into the trailer with lines and hands, slowly, and winch it up. If you are careful and aware of what you are doing, I bet you will beat in speed more than half of the other boaters.

Glad it all worked out!!!! Enjoy the boat!!! Don't let fear or ridicule keep you from enjoying the boat. Worst case you slip on the ramp and get some laughs and applause. Just don't break any bones, and it will be a great day!
 
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