Tips on keeping your outboard in good condition
NB ( always wear your kill cord )
Pre-use checks: It is useful to treat an outboard in the same way as an inboard in terms of pre use checks.
Oil: This is of course a key initial check, make sure its clean with no signs of water ( usually seen as white or creamy film around the dip stick ), and always use the correct oil approved by the engine manufacturers .
Visual checks: That wires are connected
Audible check: That on starting and initial running it sounds smooth
Check fuel: Check that you have adequate fuel plus a 25% surplus for your intended journey. Try to use fresh fuel and if you are leaving the engine unused for some time. Run the engine until it stops so no old fuel is left in the carburettor or injectors
Flushing: Always wash of engine cooling system with fresh water after use, this prevents the build up of salts in the system.
Transportation: Engine securing locks for transportation to prevent play on the main hinge bushes.
Dampers: Retract dampers and wipe off tops with light oil if the engine is not being used for long periods. This is especially important if dampers are left under water ( as on some RIBs).
- Service your engine within the recommended guidelines for your engine; by doing so you maintain your warranty ( on newer engines ) improve longevity of old engines
- Always report , misfires , or the engine spluttering under load to your dealer
- Always report faults to your dealer before servicing to aid diagnosis and save on labour charges.