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I was fortunate enough to have inherited a boat with a 70hp Evinrude. It has set up unprotected for 10yrs. What can I count on doing to restore this engine or what steps should I take to get it back to running condition? I don't even want to turn over the engine until I talk to a professinal about proper precautions and am willing to spend what is nessesary to have a dependable motor that will last for years of trouble free use. The boat won't be in my posession until next week.

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Clean the carbs.Replace the plugs. Replace the water intake impeller. Replace the foot gear grease. Check all wiring and hoses,replace as sight dictates.Replace the battery. Drain the fuel tank and replace with fresh fuel.If it is a portable tank,replace the tank. Inspect fuel hoses and primer bulb. Grease the steering and motor swivel joints.Remove the plugs and spray aWD40 type solution into the plug holes. Tilt the engine up to do this. Let it sit awhile. Turn the flywheel by hand without the plugs in to loosen the pistons. You may also need to replace the engine thermostats.
These things will get you started and may be all the maintenance you need.
Good Luck.

Posted on Oct 01, 2009


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