If you do not carefully maintain your outboard motor, your boat will not be able to move. Cleaning the motor is important and should be done regularly. You do not need to hire a mechanic to help with this work unless you notice potential mechanical problems while cleaning the motor.
Flush The Engine
The first step you need to take when cleaning your outboard motor is to flush it with clean water. This step is important because impurities and sand will accumulate in the engine regardless of where you use the boat. Erosion and corrosion can also occur when your motor is not flushed regularly and you need to avoid this.
To flush the engine, you need to use a fresh water hose such as the one from your yard. Using the hose, you need to rinse off the salt residue on the motor. While flushing the engine, you should stay away from the prop and ensure the boat is out of gear. Staying safe while cleaning your boat is extremely important.
Burn Off Residual Fuel
If possible, you should disconnect and drain the fuel line. You can then burn off the remaining fuel in the carburetor. This step should be done if your boat will be standing for a long period because residual fuel will start to become sticky. When left, this fuel will start to gum up the engine and leads to larger issues.
When burning off the fuel, you need to be careful. You should not allow the engine to run dry or to overheat. You can tell if this is happening because the engine will get louder and you will smell something burning. If you do not turn the engine off at this point, you will cause serious damage.
Open The Engine Cover
When you open the engine cover, you need to look for any fuel or water around the engine. If there is some fuel or water, it is a sign of leaks and you will need to get a mechanic involved to remedy the issue. If there are no problems, you can start to remove the grime and dirt.
To remove this dirt, you need to use a soft microfiber towel and a good degreaser. You have to protect the electrical components from the cleaners while doing this step. Once clean, you need to treat the moving parts with lubricant and anti-corrosive.
Cleaning your outboard motor is something you should do regularly to ensure it is in peak working condition. You do not have to call a mechanic unless there are leaks or other issues with the motor.…