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 help you safe safely and can keep your motor running well so you can keep finding fish for years to come.
Most fuel that you put in your boat engine contains ethanol,which can cause fuel separation if it gets mixed with water and remains idle for a length of time. Fuel separation can be deadly toa boat engine, so make sure to follow the steps in this video to prevent it from happening to you.
In addition to a checking your boat and engine after each trip,make sure you are routinely, or at a minimum, annually checking themotor to ensure everything is running properly. Boat repairs arenot tough, and many boat owners handle the repairs themselves. Hereare a few how-to's on routine maintenance you can handleyourself:
Modern outboard lower units use gears with teeth-like bevels that are set on a spiral. This design provides smoother, quieter operation, but the gears produce more heat and friction, which means they need to be properly lubricated at all times. Check your owner's manual for recommended type of lubrication as well as how often to add.
Most boat engines include a water pump that helps keep the engine cool while it runs. Impellers can get damaged by debris that get sucked in, by chemicals, and especially by running dry. If this happens, or if the impeller is worn from use, it will need to be replaced. This is an easy repair that can be handled at home:
Just like in your vehicle, the oil in your boat engine will need to be changed. Check your boat owner's manual, but most engines need an oil change once every 100 hours. This is an easy task that can be done at home with these steps:
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