Typical issues that affect outboard motors

“With winter in the rearview mirror, it’s almost time for prime boating season. Cruising with friends and family is enjoyable for all parties involved, but it can’t happen without a quality outboard motor. Handling the most common problems with an outboard motor can help you get the most out of your upcoming summer.

Fuel Contamination

Ethanol-blended fuel may cause an outboard motor to sputter or lose power entirely if it uses contaminated fuel. The best strategy to prevent bad gasoline from ruining your fuel systems is a separating filter that keeps water away from the outboard motor. Having a spare filter on board is always helpful, especially if you are nowhere near shore.

It’s Too Old

Generally, the older the motor, the less dependable it becomes over time. It may be time to invest in a new one for those using an outboard motor upward of 30 years old. Aging engines are also much more difficult to start if they lack sophisticated fuel injection systems.”

Read more about more common issues with outboard motors here.

Overheating is another major problem that unfortunately happens to outboard engines from time to time. Usually, this is caused when a blockage happens with the intake valve. If you noticed such a problem take it to get serviced right away before further damage ocurrs. It’s a good idea to have regular maintenance performed anyhow.

The team at Robbinsdale Marine offers outboard engine repair to residents in the Twin Cities area. Call us at 763-533-0300 to schedule service for your outboard motor!

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