As we head into summer, it’s as much the time to be out on your Sea-Doo as it is prepping for the next season. A big part of that is every-use maintenance, and professional servicing. Here’s everything you need to know about both to keep your Sea-Doo in tip top shape.
When your Sea-Doo is in use, it’s being exposed to all kinds of elements that can damage or corrode it if not flushed out. Elements such as salt, sand, shells, algae and seaweed can cause havoc on your PWC if you don’t flush it out after every single use.
To flush, ensure your Sea-Doo is levelled and you’re using an appropriate and specialised cleaning agent diluted in clean fresh water (from your hose is fine). You need to find the flush port (this should be indicated on your user manual) and attach your hose to the fitting before beginning the water flow. Start the engine and idle before turning on the hose. Let the flush go for around four minutes, but be careful not to run too long and risk damaging the carbon seals (that stop water getting into places it shouldn’t). Once over, turn water off, shut down the engine and disconnect the hose, in this order.
To flush, you can use either fresh water from your hose, or an appropriate and specialised cleaning agent such as Salt Away, which is recommended when you have been in salt-water. With the motor turned off and the tap turned off, attach your hose to the flush port, then start the motor. Turn the tap on, and rev the motor, on and off the throttle for approximately 30s-1min. You can then turn the tap off, and remove the hose from the flush port. Rev the motor again until there is no more water shooting out of the back of the PWC (usually no more than 30 secs), and shut down the engine. It is important to do these steps in this order – the entire process should take approximately 1-2 minutes, and it is vitally important that you do not run your PWC on the hose for longer than this as you risk damaging your carbon seal, and therefore taking water on into the hull.
Your Sea-Doo maintenance should include oil changes, and these occur every 50-100 hours (after the 10-15hrs first service), or after one year of use (whichever comes first) . Sea-Doo SPARK can continue for 100 hours, while all other models need an oil change after 50. It’s important to use high-quality marine-grade oil for your PWC to ensure you get longevity. Low quality oil will either be chewed up too quickly, or could even damage your Sea-Doo. We use XPS semi-synthetic 5w40 oil, available in 1 litre or 4 litre bottles.
Before you change the oil yourself, be sure to check with the user manual for your specific model. The Sutto’s Workshop can also assist with this during services if you need.
To avoid damage from corrosive salt, dirt and other debris, it’s important to keep your Sea-Doo clean after every use. You don’t need any fancy formulas to do this, just clean soapy water with a soft sponge will do the trick. If you have run your PWC in salt water then you can also give it a hose down using salt-away. Hand wash the Sea-Doo by using small circular motions with the sponge with medium pressure. A sponge shouldn’t scratch or damage the surface, but just keep your eye on it in case a bit of debris has embedded itself and is making marks. Once you’ve gone over the visible surface, do a visual inspection of any missed nooks before rinsing off with a low-pressure hose setting or a soap-free sponge. Pat dry or let dry in the shade. We also recommend giving it a final polish with XPS Spray & Polish, best combined with a microfibre cloth.
Your Sea-Doo will typically require three types of servicing: