Outboard Motor Care MAINTAINANCE
this guide is just a little bit of information for outboard owner's to assist you with keeping your motor in top condition. its easy to forget and just run your motor into the ground, but with little knowledge and expense you can ensure your outboard even outlasts you and is reliable and dependable. a little time goes a long way
It's easy to keep your outboard in tip-top shape, even if you're not a mechanic. A little TLC and preventive boat motor maintenance facilitates safe boating and can keep your motor running well and reliable for years to come.
Boat motors operate in harsh conditions; salt water, vibration, sand, sun and rain combine to make life tough on the machinery. If you want trouble-free performance from your motor, treat it well. Every motor has a certain number of owner-serviceable tasks that you can perform – find out what they are on your motor, and don’t be tempted to tinker beyond what you can confidently do. Regular professional maintenance is essential – a full service at least once a year is a minimum requirement, but you should service it more frequently if it used often, or if it is left on a moored boat, where salt water corrosion is more likely to occur.
After every trip
A few minutes spent of basic preventive maintenance every time your motor has been used will pay off in hassle-free boating later on. Breaking down at sea isn’t just inconvenient – it’s dangerous. Here’s a simple 3 point procedure to follow after every trip. (It’s important to make sure that the noise doesn’t annoy others, and that any fuel or oil runoff does not cuse issue too.
- Connect an engine muff and fresh water intake and turn on the tap. Start the motor. Disconnect the fuel line and let the motor run until it stops. (This prevents oil build-up when petrol left in the carburettor evaporates).
- Take off the engine cover. Check connections. Spray with water displacement oil.
- Wash down and dry off the exterior of the motor with fresh water.
Battery maintenance is important – a flat battery is a common cause of rescue call-outs. Use a good-quality marine battery; check it, charge it and change it at regular intervals.
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