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Outboard Motor Maintenance and Cleaning Tips from Ship Repair Companies

Outboard Motor Maintenance and Cleaning Tips from Ship Repair Companies

If you own a boat with an outboard motor, there is some maintenance which you should be doing every time you return from a trip if you want the motor to run smoothly and for a long time.

Even though a lot of people don’t follow these simple instructions, they are surprised when something goes wrong with their motor and they have to look for help from a company which does ship repair San Diego residents have trusted and supported for over 4 decades – PCE.

In order to prevent that from happening, here are a few tips on how to keep your outboard nice and clean in order to prolong its life expectancy.

Flush Your Motor

Some boat owners believe that this tip is only important for those who venture into salt waters, since salt water is more corrosive, but this tip is actually as important for fresh water boaters as it is for seafarers.

If your motor is older, you may need some special equipment to reach into the motor, but newer designs already have proper mounts for a simple garden hose. Turn on the engine and let the water pump flush the system. Stay away from the prop and the keel.

Visual Inspection

While you are flushing the engine, make sure that the water flow is strong. It should also be warm, but not hot. If either the strength of the stream or its temperature are off, it may indicate that there’s a problem somewhere in the engine.

The obstruction in the flow can easily be removed by a piece of wire, with the engine off, of course. After cleaning it, restart the engine to see whether you have fixed it.

Check for Leaks

It is now time to take the motor apart. First of all, remove the plastic cover which is protecting the engine inside. This should give you access to the majority of motor parts, at least visually.

Check whether there are any fuel or water leaks. Any kind of liquid inside the cover may be a sign of trouble. If you detect some, you will need to consult ship repair companies which deal with this kind of problems.

Reapply Corrosion Protection

If your motor is showing no signs of leaking, it is probably down to good maintenance. You should continue this tradition by reapplying the anti-corrosive like the famous WD-40 or any other lubricant. 

All moving parts will need a fresh coat of lubricant, so don’t skip this part.

Spark Plugs

It’s always a good idea to check the spark plugs every time you return or, even better, before you set off again. There is really no exact way to determine how long a spark plug will last, so always keep one as a spare when you depart.

However, what is clear is that not performing regular maintenance brings you a lot closer to damaging them.

Water Doesn’t Belong with Fuel

If water mixes together with your fuel, you won’t just get poorer performance, you can even damage parts of your engine, such as the previously mentioned spark plugs.

One of the main reasons why water ends up in the fuel supply is adding ethanol to the fuel. Even though it may be useful in some respects, ethanol can damage plastic caps and gaskets, facilitating the water intake. Replace all plastic parts if you find water in your fuel supply.

Keeping your outboard motor in top condition is a continuous effort, but it doesn’t have to be a challenging one if you find reliable ship repair companies to help you with it. PCE has been around for over 4 decades, with stellar success.

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