Outboard winter storage

Discussion in 'Bubba's Outboards' started by Bubbakat, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. Bubbakat

    Bubbakat New Member

    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
    and replace.
    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
    the speedometer.
    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.
  2. Prowler

    Prowler New Member

    As always, great post bubba...

    and I for one would love to see something about proper battery storage in the winter.

  3. Bubbakat

    Bubbakat New Member

    Will have it on in a little while.