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Pkdude

Ideas For Those Who Want To Drain Engine Quick

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Pkdude

It has been so unusually warm here in the DC area since we got our '06 V-Ride last November that we have been out several times, even with the river temps in the mid 30s. I have dutifully drained water out of the block and v-drive every time, but that involved four plugs (one on each side of the block and two on the v-drive) and four hoses. The plugs on the block were a pain because the knock sensors are also attached to them. I designed a quick mod that includes a brass close nipple, brass tee, and a radiator petcock in each location. I installed the original block plugs on one side of those tees so that the knock sensors are in the same axis as they were before, in case the sensors are directional. On the v-drive I installed the sacrificial anodes in the same in-line orientation so they can still contact cooling water freely. It saves a lot of time and no tools are required to drain the block. Yesterday I found some hose clamps that also do not need tools to put on and off, so will save a little more hassle with the three hoses that needed tools to take off and put on. I thought others may be interested in case they have similar needs.

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shawndoggy

Seems like people (and the mechanics especially) seem to think it's a bad idea.

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Fman

It has been so unusually warm here in the DC area since we got our '06 V-Ride last November that we have been out several times, even with the river temps in the mid 30s. I have dutifully drained water out of the block and v-drive every time, but that involved four plugs (one on each side of the block and two on the v-drive) and four hoses. The plugs on the block were a pain because the knock sensors are also attached to them. I designed a quick mod that includes a brass close nipple, brass tee, and a radiator petcock in each location. I installed the original block plugs on one side of those tees so that the knock sensors are in the same axis as they were before, in case the sensors are directional. On the v-drive I installed the sacrificial anodes in the same in-line orientation so they can still contact cooling water freely. It saves a lot of time and no tools are required to drain the block. Yesterday I found some hose clamps that also do not need tools to put on and off, so will save a little more hassle with the three hoses that needed tools to take off and put on. I thought others may be interested in case they have similar needs.

I did this on my last boat, put 241 hours on it, never missed a beat. However, there are many here that feel it could cause damage to the engine with detonation problems. With all the negative feedback I got, I did not do this on my Malibu. I will say, it works awesome and is so easy to drain the block.

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Pkdude

Good points. May think this through further. Maybe only use the setup for the winter months when temps are cooler and detonation is less probable.

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