There are some important checks you need to do before you are ready for the water. Especially, regarding your outboard engine.


  • Clean or replace spark plugs. Replace them if over 2 years old.
  • Check and clean all electrical contacts. Use WD40 or similar.
  • Check condition of recoil start cord for wear. This becomes worn during each season.
  • Replace the fuel filters and check the entire fuel system for leaks etc. Do not skip this step!
  • Change engine oil and filters (4 strokes). Also essential that you do this each season.
  • Empty fuel/oil tank and replace with new mixture(2 strokes). Old fuel will cause you major problems.
  • Check gearbox oil and top up if needed. Water can by pass rubber seals and contaminate your oil.
  • Replace cooling system anodes. These prevent corrosion within your water units.
  • Replace water pump impellor. This wears out fairly quickly and needs to be replaced.
  • Check steering system and lubricate moving parts. Will make daily use a lot easier for you.
  • Lubricate gear shift and  throttle control linkages. Use the correct lubricant.
  • Check operation of tilt mechanism (power tilt if fitted). Sometimes overlooked by boat owners.

If you can work your way through this list and complete each stage, you will have a trouble free season with your engine.

Remember to carry some spares and lubricant with you each trip as back up.

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