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Hi all,

Quite foolishly through excitement, my friend an I have taken our Sparks into Saltwater for about 8 hours now and haven't performed any sort of maintenance (flush, engine break in etc).

Will this have caused any irreversible damage?

We also weren't aware of having to break the engine in and now i'm slightly panicking.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Will
 

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All the answers in the world will NOT help you unless you Read your owners manual and follow the suggestions in it. You do need to flush the ski every time in salt water.
 

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Their are so many opinions around breaking in motors. When I built my subaru motor some told my to drive it like I stole it. Some told me not to get into boost. I did a little of both. You just want the rings to seat nicely and like I originally said theirs no "right" way. Just as long as the throttle and rpms are varrying throughout the hours you should he fine.
 

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But the dealer told me that the economy has a history and when they plug into it it'll tell them how the engine has been run from minute 1 till it pops
 

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Hi all,

Quite foolishly through excitement, my friend an I have taken our Sparks into Saltwater for about 8 hours now and haven't performed any sort of maintenance (flush, engine break in etc).

Will this have caused any irreversible damage?

Probably not...

Flush, flush, wash the body and hull and rinse, rinse, in/out/all about/do it again...flush the exhaust a few times, rinse the bilge welland again, check ALL the fluids, if they aren't low, you are probably fine..remove the panels, seat, etc., let dry and inspect again. (Be sure your intake grate and impellar are clean!)

We also weren't aware of having to break the engine in and now i'm slightly panicking....

Today's motors are built very close to perfect tolerances, if it 1) didn't overheat and 2) had proper luberication you should be fine.

At 50 hours think hard of changing the oil and filter then and just keep the salt water corrosion at bay best as possible with a lot of washinng/rinsing. Fluid film spray in the bilge after you wash, rinse dry would be a good idea.

Go read the manual and follow the maintenance schedule. Enjoy your machine! Any problems with it??:nerd:

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Will
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Their are so many opinions around breaking in motors. When I built my subaru motor some told my to drive it like I stole it. Some told me not to get into boost. I did a little of both. You just want the rings to seat nicely and like I originally said theirs no "right" way. Just as long as the throttle and rpms are varrying throughout the hours you should he fine.
this is so true, varying the rpm's is what you want to do, basically enough to build pressure to seat those rings.
 
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