Outboard Motor Care - Keep Your Outboard Engine In Tip-Top Shape

Wareham Boatyard and Marina Is Located on Rose Point, 73 Leonard St, Wareham, Massachusetts

Caring For Your Outboard Motor - Outboard Motor Care

You don't need to be a mechanic to keep your outboard motor in great shape. Safe boating is achieved by just applying a few simple steps of preventive maintenance that will keep your engine running reliably well for many years.

At the End of Every Trip

  • Flush out the engine after every trip especially in salt water and also in fresh water

  • This can be achieved with a set of "rabbit ears" clamped onto the lower unit's input opening and then attached to a green hose

  • Turn on the garden hose

  • Start the engine - the water pump will flush out the engine (Remember to stay clear of the propeller and keep the engine in neutral)

    As the engine is flossing, check the water pump for water flow. The output water may be warm, but not hot. Check it with a finger. The output should be strong and if it is not, then you may have debris stuck somewhere in the system and you should immediately turn the engine off to prevent overheating.

  • To check to see if you need a new water pump, stick a small wire into the flow tube and jiggle it around. If the flow does not increase you may need a new pump.

  • Burn the fuel in the carburetor by disconnecting the fuel line and running the engine until it sputters to a stop

  • Once the above steps are completed, turn off the key and if you have batteries, turn off the battery switch.

  • To check for fuel and water leaks, take the motor cowling off. If there are any leaks contact Wareham Boating and Marin.

  • Wipe the entire engine down. Lubricate all moving parts with Quicklube or WD40 - carburetor valves, throttle cables, shift, etc.

  • Never leave fuel in the engine after the season ends. Drain the tanks and take the fuel to Wareham Boating and Marina for disposal

Weekly Maintenance

  • Check for water in the fuel
  • The tank vent needs to be looked at to see if it's aspirating correctly
  • Check the fuel tanks for corrosion and damage
  • Check the clamps on the fuel line for corrosion or rust
  • Check the fuel lines for worn spots and cracks
  • Make sure the fuel primber bulb is pliable and not cracked

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