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How To Keep Your Outboard Motor In Shape

By David Maslow

To outsiders, outboard motor maintenance might not seem too different from that of maintaining a car. But far be it from so. Cars, for one, do not have to be troubled by water intrusion imposed by the virulent nature of the natural environment. And another point of distinction is that cars have a miniscule chance of encountering the damages of salt intrusions even if you are vacationing by the sea. Thus, if you want the best for your outboard motor and hope to use the boat for lifetime, you should take these next few steps to maintain your outboard motor.

First and foremost, you should expel the all water-types from your engine by flushing the engine. A great way to approach this task is to buy a rubber seal that is attached to a metal clamp called “rabbit ears”. This item can help you flush out the engine with ease and it is quite versatile. Just connect the rabbit ears to a hose and also attach the rabbit ears to the bottom part of the motor where the motor is exposed to water. Then you are ready to take the next step to start the engine to make the water pump do its work. The water pump cycles fresh water in as it flushes the water containing salt and sediments out, saving your boat from the dangers of corrosion.

Step two: Help the water pump to pump out water by starting the engine. This process will help clean water to circulate into the boat and expel the salt and sediment residues.
Step three: Be sure to check the water flow when your motor is being flushed. If the water flow is weak or not at its full pumping potential, you might have to stop the engine to unclog the outflow tube in your boat. Simply use a small wire and pick out whatever might be clogging the tube. After you are unclog the tube, turn on the engine once more and check the water flow another time.

Step four: After you are finished with step three, disconnect the gas line to drain the extra fuel. Put the line back in place when the fuel is done draining.
Step five: Make sure there are no leaks! You will have to notify a boat specialist if there are leaks.

Last but not lease, coat your boat with WD40 or Quick-lube or other types of similar product to prevent corrosion after scrubbing the boat completely. Place a plastic covering over the engine so that it will be safe from harm during the time it is not in use.

David has been writing online for a while now and loves outboard engines, however he also writes about computer desks. Check out his sites: Used Outboard Engines and Computer Table Desk.

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Maslow, David "How To Keep Your Outboard Motor In Shape." How To Keep Your Outboard Motor In Shape. 2 Jul. 2010. 20 Aug 2014 <>.

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Maslow, D (2010, July 2). How To Keep Your Outboard Motor In Shape. Retrieved August 20, 2014, from

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Maslow, David "How To Keep Your Outboard Motor In Shape"

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