If you own a boat, you know how important it is to provide proper care and maintenance. With proper care, your boat will last for many years. However, you need to extend that care to your outboard motor. If the time has come to replace your outboard motor, now's the time to get started on a care and maintenance routine. Here are three easy steps you can follow to extend the life of your new outboard motor.
Follow the Service Intervals
When it comes to protecting your outboard motor, the first thing you need to do is read the manual from cover to cover. Unfortunately, this is a step that many boat owners overlook. However, the manual contains vital information about your outboard motor, including the service intervals. These service intervals are preset by the motor manufacturer and provide you with a guide for service, including when specific services are needed. To extend the life of your outboard motor, you need to follow the proper service intervals.
Protect the Fuel System
If you're investing in a new outboard motor, you'll want to take steps to protect the fuel system. You might not think this is an issue with a new motor, but that's not the case. When you take steps to protect the fuel system from the onset, you help to avoid fuel-related motor issues. First, always use clean, quality fuel for your motor. Poor fuel quality can damage the motor. Second, always use a fuel additive for proper motor function. Finally, always make replacing the fuel filter a multi-step process. To do that, you should change the fuel filter, the external fuel/water separator, and the cowling filter at the same time. These steps will extend the life of your outboard motor.
Avoid Motor Corrosion
If you want to extend the life of your new outboard motor, take steps to avoid corrosion. You might not realise this, but corrosion can destroy your motor. The best way to avoid corrosion is to flush your motor after each use, regardless of whether you've been in freshwater or saltwater. Once you dock your boat for the day, flush the motor with fresh water for at least 15 minutes. The 15-minute flush will ensure that all the saltwater, algae deposits, and mud have been removed from the motor.
If you're ready to buy a new outboard motor, use the simple steps described here to protect your investment.