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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.

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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.

Regular Maintenance;

  • 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.

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