Outboard

Outboard Service & Repair

What is an Outboard Motor?

An outboard motor is a propulsion system for boats, consisting of a self-contained unit that includes engine, gearbox, and propeller or jet drive, designed to be affixed to the outside of the transom. They are the most common motorized method of propelling small watercraft. As well as providing propulsion, outboards provide steering control, as they are designed to pivot over their mountings and thus control the direction of thrust. The skeg also acts as a rudder when the engine is not running. Unlike inboard motors, outboard motors can be easily removed for storage or repairs.

From – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/outboard

Left: A typical outboard boat

Services

Complete Outboard Boat Service – Mercury only at this time:

  • Connect boat to flushing system
  • Check power steering fluid level if applicable
  • Check engine oil level if applicable
  • Check all belts and hoses for wear and alignment
  • Start engine and check all systems for operation
  • Check all gauges for proper operation
  • Check shifter remote control for proper function
  • Perform ECU system scan if applicable
  • Check for trouble codes
  • Inspect battery connections and charge if necessary
  • Check electrical switches and boat lighting for proper operation
  • Remove and replace engine oil if applicable
  • Remove and replace engine oil filter if applicable
  • Remove and replace spark plugs
  • Remove and replace water separating fuel filter(s) and all other fuel filters if applicable
  • Check fuel system for leaks
  • Remove, clean flame arrestor/air filters if applicable and reinstall
  • Inspect overall rigging for safety
  • Inspect and remove propeller
  • Remove lower unit, remove, replace and reinstall sea pump impeller
  • Drain and replace lower unit gear lube
  • Inspect vertical shaft splines for wear
  • Grease vertical shaft and shift shafts as necessary and reinstall lower unit
  • Grease all zerk fittings on pivot mechanisms
  • Check trim cylinder for leaks
  • Check all fluids
  • Check engine mount and jacking plate for tightness
  • Check jacking plate for leaks if applicable
  • Check jacking plate pump fluid level
  • Check trim tabs for proper operation if applicable
  • Start engine and check for leaks
  • Check shift operation
  • Check all systems for proper operation
  • Clean, inspect and grease propeller shaft
  • Check carb(s)/throttle body and adjust if necessary or applicable
  • Clear ECU codes if applicable and verify no codes return
  • Degrease lower cowl area and lower unit if necessary
  • Reinstall propeller
  • Check engine oil level and top off as necessary if applicable
  • Reinstall all seats, bases, actuators and hatch if applicable
  • Turn off battery switch if applicable
  • Prepare boat for customer retrieval
  • Recover boat if necessary

Basic Service

  • Check engine oil level if applicable
  • Remove and replace engine oil if applicable
  • Remove and replace engine oil filter if applicable
  • Inspect and remove propeller
  • Remove lower unit, remove, replace and reinstall sea pump impeller
  • Drain and replace lower unit gear lube
  • Inspect vertical shaft splines for wear
  • Grease vertical shaft and shift shafts as necessary and reinstall lower unit
  • Grease all zerk fittings on pivot mechanisms
  • Check trim cylinder for leaks
  • Check all fluid levels
  • Check shift operation
  • Start engine and check for leaks
  • Check systems for proper operation
  • Clean, inspect and grease propeller shaft
  • Degrease lower cowl area and lower unit if necessary
  • Reinstall propeller
  • Check engine oil level and top off as necessary if applicable

Engine Oil Service (4-stroke Engines Only)

  • Check engine oil level
  • Remove and replace engine oil
  • Remove and replace engine oil filter
  • Check fluid levels and requirements
  • Start engine and check for leaks
  • Degrease cowling area if necessary
  • Check engine oil level and top off as necessary

Lower Unit Only Service

  • Remove propeller, inspect propeller and shaft
  • Drain and refill lower gearcase
  • Degrease lower unit
  • Reinstall propeller

Please note each boat is unique. Depending on your boat’s make, model, application, and/or style, each service will vary from one boat to the next. For more information, please contact shop management with questions directly about your particular application.