Even old, worn-out motors can enjoy a long, full life if they are properly maintained. There are several ways to extend the life of your motor. CALONGLORIA discusses different things that can be done to make the most of your outboard motor. Some of these things include winterizing, regular maintenance, proper mixtures, proper storage, etc.
Just like your boat needs to be winterized, your outboard motor needs to be winterized. Without freeze protection, the cold will usually cause water left inside the motor to break or damage motor components.
Look in your motor owner's manual for a list of freeze protection instructions. You will need the following items to winterize your motor
Spray can for spray oil
Fuel stabilizer or fuel fungicide
Non-toxic propylene glycol antifreeze
Fresh water flush - Flush your motor with the flush attachment. Using this clean water to clean the tank will help remove any dirt and residue from the motor.
Empty fuel lines- While the engine is still running, disconnect the fuel lines from the engine. This will prevent contaminants from clogging the different lines, nozzles or injectors.
Fogging the carburetor inlet - Fogs and sprays fuel into the carburetor before the engine runs out of fuel. This fogging oil prevents corrosion of the motor's internal surfaces.
Drain the cooling passages- Remove the flush attachment and empty all water storage units.
Drain and refill gearboxes - Use lubricant specified in the owner's manual. Fill the oil tank to prevent condensation inside the tank.
Repair damaged paint - Dirt paint or damage paint with anti-corrosion spray.
Clean and fully lubricate the propeller shaft - Take advantage of winter and use this time to repair the propeller and other parts of the motor.
Store upright - If the motor is stored flat or on its side, water may accumulate in areas where the anti-freeze process should not be withdrawn.
Maintenance is also a very important thing if you want to extend the life of your motor. If maintenance is kept up to date with the boat, the likelihood of major problems down the road is reduced.
After flushing the engine, be sure to disconnect the engine's fuel line. Keep the engine running to burn any remaining fuel in the carburetor.
After completing flushing the system and disconnecting the fuel line, turn off the motor. If you have a battery switch, turn it off.
Remove the hood. After completing this inspection, check for cracks, fuel leaks or water leaks. If you find a leak, you need to contact a boating mechanic as soon as possible.
After spending the day on the ocean or lake, it is important to wipe everything down. This will remove any excess residue or dirt from the day.
Put the engine fairing back in place and wipe it down. It is a very wise idea to buy a cover to protect the outboard from any damage between trips on the water.
Finally, never reuse fuel. Fresh fuel only.
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