I would try to shift it into neutral, forward and reverse with a pair of vise grips manually before tearing anything down.
No need to winterize there. It has been around zero degrees here. It is very hard on equipment and me. I would try to stay close to the annual oil change
Thank you Much
I guess I've should have said I also live in South Florida
Have not reinstalled the foot yet. The foot was carried by holding the driveshaft but it doesn't seem to move up at all.
I think you are close enough. Most people are not that diligent to change it that frequently even though you should. I always like to change mine before