Outboard Motor Care
Regular maintenance of your Outboard Motor will help to keep it running well and you where you want to be – On the water!
Outboard Motor Care
We hope you'll find this general checklist useful. Be sure to check your owners manual for manufacturers recommendations/procedures particular to your boat.
After Every Trip;
Flush out engine (both salt and freshwater)
Slip “rabbit ears” onto water intake and attach a garden hose.
Start engine and let the water pump do the rest.
While flushing water, check the water pump flow
Feel water stream with your finger, it may be warm but should not be hot.
If output is weak, shut down engine to prevent overheating/damage.
Check outflow tube for debris, insert wire and work it back and forth.
Restart engine/recheck output; if still weak, water pump may need replacement.
After flushing, disconnect fuel line and allow engine to burn the fuel in the carburetor.
Turn off key and battery switch (if installed)
Remove engine cowling, check for fuel or water leaks. (Call us if you find any leaks)
Wipe motor down with anticorrosive, such as WD40 or Quicklube. Replace cowling, wipe down and cover motor with a canvas or plastic cover.
ALWAYS use fresh fuel. End of season should always include draining your tanks and disposing of fuel properly.
Check fuel line for cracks or worn spots periodically.
Inspect fuel primer bulb for cracks, ensure it's pliable.
Ensure fuel line fittings are seated properly and don't leak.
Inspect clamps on fuel lines for signs of corrosion/rust.
Check the tank vent to ensure it aspirates correctly.
Regularly check for water in the fuel.
A simple way to see what's going on with your fuel supply is to dump the contents of a fuel filter into a clean, clear glass jar. Let the fuel settle. After a few minutes water will layer out, and if the fuel is clean and water free, the contents will be a pure amber color. If the contents of the jar appear to have a clear bubble at the bottom (gas floats on water, remember), there is some water contamination.
Call us if you need assistance! - 727 222 7616 - Happy Boating!