How often should i start my boat engine?

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Kaleb Runte asked a question: How often should i start my boat engine?
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Date created: Sun, Feb 28, 2021 2:28 AM
Date updated: Tue, Aug 2, 2022 3:02 AM

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A few hours every week keeps the motor in better shape than using it two or three full days every month. The more often it gets used, the better it will run, just like any vehicle. If it's left sitting idle at the marina or in a garage for the majority of the time, parts tend to go bad faster.

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Re: how often to start my motor? To have all internal parts remain constatly lubed specially crakshaft area, pistons, start engine frequently with muffs, barrel, flush adapter for a short run at idle speed or go for on water ride. Can you imagine the internal friction of a non winterized engine siting for 6 months and cranking near dry inside.

If your one of the many that seldom use your boat, get your self into the habit of starting your boat motor for about 5 minutes, once every 2 weeks, And NEVER EVER start your boat engine without water flowing through your engines cooling system.

Ideally, drain your oil right before the boat is hauled, refill, then run the engine for a minute or two to make sure everything is coated with clean oil. When you start the boat in the spring, remember that all of the oil has drained into the pan and let the engine idle for a minute or two to recirculate everything.

Check coolant level before starting engine each time. Check and replace the seawater pump impeller every 250 hours, or seasonally. Replace engine cooling system raw-water (seawater) anodes annually. Check and clean seawater strainer each time engine is run. Clean cooling system seawater passages at least every two years or 500 hours.

Pump the throttle lever two or three times and place it slightly above idle for a start condition. Make certain the boat has been placed in the water so the intake water pump can pick up cooling water. Turn the key and wait until the engine catches and runs. Let the engine run slightly above idle for several minutes, then gradually raise the throttle.

Oil drains away from internal components and back into the pan, but running the engine every so often, even when you don’t have a chance to really use it, helps keep things in working order. Running the engine “on the hose” gets the gas moving so it won’t just sit inside your fuel system and create varnish.

A few hours every week keeps the motor in better shape than using it two or three full days every month. The more often it gets used, the better it will run, just like any vehicle. If it’s left sitting idle at the marina or in a garage for the majority of the time, parts tend to go bad faster.

Sometimes for a seasonal year, sometimes for 5, 10, or even 15 years! What Should You Do If An Outboard Has Been Sitting For Awhile? Remove the Spark Plugs & Oil The Cylinders, Replace Plugs if Needed. Check the Condition of the Gear Lube. Disconnect the Fuel Line From the Boat & Check the Condition of the Fuel.

Otherwise, phase separation could occur that could cause filter plugging or damage to the engine. (It is probably better for a boat owner to fill the fuel tanks with ethanol fuel for the first time when the tank is low on fuel, but that is not critical. There should be no difficulties if the tank is clean and free from water.

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