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IDBooch

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I command manual reads that the winterization is for 2008 engines and up. What do we do if we have a 2007 engine as I do, I don't see anything explaining how to do it? Dennis  


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jimh

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You can prepare your I-Command gauge for the winter by protecting it from extreme cold. As a liquid crystal display, the I-Command gauge should not be exposed to temperatures below minus-10-degree-Fahreneit. 
SteveWright

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You can prepare your I-Command gauge for the winter by protecting it from extreme cold. As a liquid crystal display, the I-Command gauge should not be exposed to temperatures below minus-10-degree-Fahreneit. 

Is it ok to just put a wool blanket over it ?  

torew

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I am trying to figure out if you mean this for real: -10 F is -37.5 Celsius, that is seriously cold. I higly doubt that a blanket makes any difference to the temperature, if you foresee -40C, take the gauge out of the boat and in-house.

To IDBooch: Read the manual that came with the motor, not the I-Command. You find the winterization procedure there, where you use the throttle level to start the procedure.
IDBooch

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What I meant was the procedure for setting up the engine using the I command gauge for an e tec that is a 2007. All I could find was witerization for e tec engines that are 2008 and over with I command, or witerization using the system check gauge. Now I do like the wool blanket over the gauge I'm still laughing after reading that idea.


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Thanks for clarifying your inquiry.

In regard to being able to initiate the winterization process using an I-Command gauge, I believe there are two elements that are needed:

--the E-TEC engine must have an EMM that can accept input from the NMEA-2000 network port and react by initializing the winterization process, and

--the I-Command firmware must have the winterization initialization function in its routines and will send the proper specialized PGN on the network to the E-TEC engine.

If you have both elements, then you can initiate the winterization process from the I-Command gauge. I am sorry to say that I have not tracked the history of these updates and improvements with enough rigor to be able to tell you with certainty what epoch of E-TEC engine or what revision of EMM software is needed, nor do I know what firmware in the I-Command is needed, either. 
jimh

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Regarding an outdoor ambient temperature of minus-10-degrees-Fahrenheit, we do see such temperatures in our Winter season here in Michigan, although that is an extreme. The last time we had temperatures below minus-10-degrees-Fahrenheit in my area was in January of 2009, on the 16th. See


We set a record that day with a low temperature of minus-15-degrees-Fahrenheit. That is minus-26-degrees-Celsius. However, my I-Command gauges seemed to survive that cold spell.
torew

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Guess I calculated the conversion wrong. We too get that kind of temperatures, and I am not planning to remove the gauges or the GPS/plotter from the boat and in-house.

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Last winter we had around minus 30 degrees celsius for almost a week here in the south of Finland. I have my boat in a cold shed for the winter so it's not any warmer in there than it is outside. My I-Command has worked perfect all summer and i did not even think of there being some limit in which temps they could not be stored, maybe there is a lowest temp where they can be used ?

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