How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Certified-HD-Buell Your Own Question

Certified-HD-Buell, Technician
Category: Motorcycle
Satisfied Customers: 39
Experience:  Harley Davidson PHD Certified Technician Active in the Field.
Type Your Motorcycle Question Here...
Certified-HD-Buell is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How do I winterize my ultra 250x kawasaki jet ski?

Customer Question

How do I winterize my ultra 250x kawasaki jet ski?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Motorcycle
Expert:  Certified-HD-Buell replied 6 years ago.
First get the ski out of the water, on the trailer tilted back. Start the ski very briefly (no longer than 15-20 seconds at a time) a few times, turning the bars side to side. This clears all remaining water from the ski. If you have drained the ski already, dont attempt this.

Second, wash it, wax it and make sure the hull is completely dry inside and out. This will prevent any water logging in any micro fissures in the coatings of the hull. The wax will prevent oxidation during storage. Spray some multi purpose lube on a rag and wipe down all your metal items, it may help to wipe down any frequently wetted areas of the engine compartment with this lube, on the engine components only, dont let oil sit on your fiberglass, as it may stain.

Now youll want to buy some fogging oil, remove all the spark plugs, and air cleaner elements, and fog all the airways as well as into each cyll. ground all the spark plugs with jumpers or by contact with the motor (DONT HOLD THEM, THE ARC WILL FIND YOU FASTER THAN THE MOTOR). Hit the starter a few times, very briefly (1 sec or less) to spin the motor over and coat everything. Pop the plugs back in and from this point on do not run or crank the ski. Put all your air cleaner elements, some opt to place tape over any openings, including the nozzles, exhaust ports, intake openings, breathers, etc. to keep critters from making home in there. Nothing beats blowing a dead mouse into the water the day you start it or sucking an insect nest into the intake when you start it up.

Pull the battery and place it on a bench or in a battery storage box, put a float charger like a battery tender jr, on the battery, all winter. This will keep your battery like new even after extended rest periods.

Apply a rubber/vinyl conditioner to all your plastic and rubber items, inside the engine compartment and out. This slows dry rot over the life of the bike, also helps the vinyls retain their color over the life of the ski. Dont apply anything that leaves a oily or sticky residue after some rubbing, youll want to rub the plastics untill they look like new but arent shiny or oily to touch, this will collect alot of dust.

Top off the fuel tank, and put the apropriate amount of fuel stabilizer for the ski in the tank. This prevents condensation and corosion in the tank, as well as keeps the gas from gel'ing up on you and causing the carbs/efi components to gum up and sieze/block. This is one of the most important steps for the longevity of the ski and keeping the maintenance costs down.

Store the ski somewhere it wont be near open flames, or likely to have animals nesting/eating away at it. If you believe in it, rat or mouse poison somewhere out of reach of the children, under the cover youll place on it, does wonders. Also make sure you have a nice ventilated cover, even in a garage a ski can have condensation problems with the wild temp changes of winter, so ventilation is key.

Good luck!
If you found my answer helpful, please accept and offer any feedback so that I may be paid for my services.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

  • I would (and have) recommend your site to others I was quite satisfied with the quality of the information received, the professional with whom I interacted, and the quick response time. Thanks, and be sure that I'll be back whenever I need a question answered in a hurry. Stephanie P Elm City, NC
< Previous | Next >
  • I would (and have) recommend your site to others I was quite satisfied with the quality of the information received, the professional with whom I interacted, and the quick response time. Thanks, and be sure that I'll be back whenever I need a question answered in a hurry. Stephanie P Elm City, NC
  • used your service this weekend with "Trecers" help. thank you ,thank you, thank you. replaced an A/C fan motor. Local Auto Zone had part. $15.00 "tracer" fee and $40.00 for parts, I saved several hundreds of dollers at a shop. i will recommend you and use you in the future. David L. Richmond, TX
  • 9 dollars, 2 hours of my time, and I drove away. Your diagnosis was right on the mark. Thank you so much. Phil Marysville, CA
  • Lurch. Thank you very much. I had real doubts about this website but your promptness of response, quick followup and to the point answer with picture was incredible. Charles Walnut Creek, CA
  • As a single woman, I really appreciate an excellent and affordable opinion.
    Thank you Geordie, I will not hesitate to contact justanswer in the future!
    Sue Charleston, WV
  • Another great insight to what may be the problem. I will have my mechanic take a look at it tomorrow. Thanks again, do indeed know your stuff. Jim Castleberry, FL
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

Meet The Experts:

  • N/A

    Motorcycle Mechanic

    Satisfied Customers:

< Last | Next >
  • N/A's Avatar


    Motorcycle Mechanic

    Satisfied Customers:

  • Steve's Avatar


    Motorcycle Mechanic

    Satisfied Customers:

    30+ yrs. experience, MMI, HD technician, HD early, engine rebuild/performance, bike builder, kit bike program manager, CCI 2001-2004
  • Jeff Policky's Avatar

    Jeff Policky

    Motorcycle Mechanic

    Satisfied Customers:

    Yamaha Gold, Suzuki Gold, Honda Bronze, Polaris Bronze, BRP
  • TIMOTO's Avatar


    Motorcycle Mechanic

    Satisfied Customers:

    Honda registered technician, silver level award, former Kawasaki/Suzuki tech, 40+ years exp.
  • Andre Pilon's Avatar

    Andre Pilon

    Motorcycle Mechanic

    Satisfied Customers:

    Over 25 years experience, ICS, MMI, Owned shop for 12 years, worked tech-support for Harley Davidson
  • Louie's Avatar



    Satisfied Customers:

    25+ yrs. experience
  • asphaltcycles's Avatar


    Motorcycle Mechanic

    Satisfied Customers:

    I operate a motorcycle dealership and CCS Ducati Race team.