Every year, outboards advance in sophistication, but still require regular maintenance to keep them running at peak efficiency. The knowledgeable technicians at Tom-N-Jerry’s Boats have been servicing outboards for nearly forty years and know these basic things to help keep their client’s outboards running strong.
- You need to check the gasket and latches of the cowl from time to time. The rubberized gasket around the base of the cowl works to seal out water.
- Flush the engine with fresh water after each outing. This will help to flush away any salt that may have built up on the powerhead.
- Periodically inspect and lubricate the throttle and shift. The points that connect the cables to the control box and engine need special attention.
- Don’t use fuels that have more than ten percent ethanol.
- If steering becomes sloppy, check the fluid level of the hydraulic steering system and bleed the lines.
- Check the blades of your propeller on a regular basis. Dents, dings, or a slightly bent blade all impact the performance of the boat.
- Change the lube in the gear case of the lower unit per the recommended service intervals. Be sure you are using the appropriate oil to avoid any problems.
- Replace the water pump impeller and related parts according to your boats service schedule.
Many of these items can be easily taken care of on your own. For those items that are a little more complex, contact a reliable service provider like Tom-N-Jerry’s Boat Center in Mount Vernon, Washington.