Outboard winter storage
As a safety precaution, when boat is in storage,
remove positive (+) battery cable. This will
eliminate possibility of accidental starting of
engine and resultant overheating and damage to
engine from lack of water.
In preparing an outboard for out-of-season storage,
2 precautions must be considered: 1) The engine
must be protected from physical damage and 2) the
engine must be protected from rust, corrosion and
1. Remove cowling from engine.
2. Place outboard in water or install
Flushing Attachment over water intake .
3. Start engine and allow to warm up. Disconnect
fuel line. When engine starts to stall quickly spray
Fogging oil into each carburetor
throat. Continue to spray until engine dies from
lack of fuel.
4. Remove spark plugs and inject a 5 second spray
of fogging oil around the inside of
each cylinder. Manually turn engine over several
times to distribute Storage Seal throughout cylinders.
Reinstall spark plugs.
5. If engine fuel filter appears to be contaminated, remove
6. Drain and refill lower unit Lube.
7. Clean outboard thoroughly, including all accessible
powerhead parts, and spray with Corrosion
and Rust Preventive and lubricate all lubrication
9. Remove propeller. Apply Anti-Corrosion
Grease or 2-4-C w/Teflon to propeller shaft and reinstall
10. If the water pickup is clogged, the speedometer
will be inoperative. Clean the pickup with a piece
of wire or blow out with compressed air. Before
blowing out with air, disconnect the tubing from
11. To prevent freeze damage, drain the speedometer
system of water completely before storage.
Remove tubing from speedometer fitting and
blow thru the tubing to remove water.
IMPORTANT: When storing outboard for the winter,
be sure that all water drain holes in gear housing
are open and free so that all water will drain
out. If a speedometer is installed in the boat, disconnect
the pickup tube and allow it to drain. Reconnect
the tube after draining. Trapped water
may freeze and expand, thus cracking gear housing
and/or water pump housing. Check and refill
gear housing with Gear Lube before
storage to protect against possible water leakage
into gear housing which is caused by loose lubricant
vent plug or loose grease fill plug. Inspect
gaskets under lubricant vent and fill plugs, replacing
any damaged gaskets, before reinstalling
If yopu guys want a article on the proper way to store the batteries
then let me know and I'll put one up for yea.
As always, great post bubba...
and I for one would love to see something about proper battery storage in the winter.
Will have it on in a little while.