DIY Outboard Maintenance

DIY Outboard Maintenance

It’s no wonder boaters all over the world share such a deep passion for the open water. Nothing compares to the feeling of the sun, wind, and ocean spray on your face as you hit top speeds on your most prized possession. One way to ensure that you always have the best experience possible is to keep up with maintenance. An important part of this upkeep process includes outboard maintenance. If you’re already huffing and puffing at the thought of maintenance, let’s not forget that one of the many perks of owning an outboard is easy maintenance. These machines are conveniently accessible so you should have no reason for not keeping up with your outboard maintenance.

Bear in mind that there are two types of outboard maintenance you need to perform. There’s year-round, as well as end of year boating maintenance. As you might’ve guessed, the year-round process is self-explanatory. As for the end of year maintenance, you’ll need to be sure to perform a full winterization on your motor. Whether you drop your boat off and have it professionally winterized by one of our factory trained technicians, or you are a do-it-yourself type of customer, you have to take the necessary steps to protect your investment for the harsh winter environment.

You’ll want to establish a regular schedule for maintenance. Outboard motors don’t operate the same as car motors. Additional knowledge is required for performing outboard maintenance. There are numerous gear and rpm changes, which leads to the burning of oil much faster than a car motor. Make it a habit to check your oil regularly so you can get an idea of how much is being consumed. It’s always wise to check the filter and spark plugs while you’re at it.

Below are some maintenance videos for the do-it-yourself customer that may be helpful!

As long as you’re able to remember the importance of routine outboard maintenance and perform it regularly, you’ll be in good shape. After all, who doesn’t want their outboard motor to live a long and healthy life? If you need more information on outboard maintenance or you’re interested in browsing our inventory, visit us at Starboard Choice Marine in Edwardsburg, Michigan! We proudly carry a number of industry-leading brands, like Mercury Marine, Evinrude E-TEC, Suzuki Marine, Tohatsu outboards and more. You’ll find our dealership conveniently located near South Bend, Indiana roughly 30 minutes north and east. If you need assistance with parts and service, we’ve got you covered there as well.





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