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Boat Motor Maintenance

Follow best practices for both inboard and outboard motor care. Be sure to flush your engine after every time you sail, and check everything from your fuel tanks to clamps on your fuel line for rust, damage or corrosion. Also check your oil both for correct levels as well as proper filtration and cleanliness. Last but not least, keep an eye on your engine’s cooling system to make sure it’s functioning correctly.

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Hi, have a mariner 75hp outboard serial number 9502368. Can you please identify year and model so I can order spares


Hey Arthur,
These guys will take care of you,,, that serial number doesn't satisfy the rewquirements for a search...? They will need more info.. more numbers on any plate..freeze plug..look around the outside of the engine carefully..
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Jun 19, 2017 | Boating

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Motor backfires, does not start, just had the motor redone, seems like timing is out although it has electronic and not points


what engine do you have , inboard or outboard ?
inboard , tdc number one cyl and check lines up with number one pin on the distributor cap and the timing mark aligns with housing !? if out the readjust !
outboard , tdc number one cyl and check flywheel marks line up with casing !?
remove flywheel and check keyway not broken or missing !

Mar 27, 2015 | Boating

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How to winterize an inboard/outboard boat motor


Flush the motor with fresh water, drain and refill drive gear with fresh oil , the same with the motor, remove spark plugs inject 10 ml of engine oil into each cylinder, turn engine over by hand so cylinder walls are coated, refit plugs. I then like to spray every thing WD 40. Remove the battery if you have a trickle charger connect it.

Oct 20, 2014 | Boating

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I just got a new boat this summer and I live in Seattle, where I will use my boat year round. I have been told that I should winterize the motor so it doesn't freeze in the lower temperatures. What should I do to winterize the motor? Claire Reynolds '' <a href='http://www.ricksmastermarine.com/index.php?page_id=2' > http://www.ricksmastermarine.com/index.php?page_id=2</a>


I used to live in the Chicago area. We definitely had winter (below zero).I went thru extensive winterization for the inboards and stern drives. I fogged outboards and put Sta-bil in the gas. I also ran the gas out of the carbs or drained them but the boats would sit unused for 6 months. Does the boat stay in the water? If on a trailer, lower the motor so it is in the run (trim down) and the water will run out. If you tilt it up after this for storage, cover the gear case as it can fill with rain water and freeze.

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grinding feeling on front left wheel. stops when steering to the right.


Check your front brakes. Be sure to check the inboard pads, not just outboard. We have seen many time the outboard pad looks good, but the inboard pad is falling apart.

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