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Winterizing An Outboard Motor

by Jim Hebert,

An Annual Chore

If you live in the northern U.S. or Canada, your boating season comes to an end in September or October. You've got six months of fall and winter ahead, before you'll be able to get back on the water. Your outboard motor should be prepared for this storage period. Here is a quick summary of the procedure I use with my 5-HP FORCE outboard

Tools and Materials Needed

Gather the following materials and tools before starting:


Spring Start Up

When starting engine in spring, the heavy oil content may foul the spark plug. Replace the plug after initial run has cleared oil from cyclinders. Save the fouled plug for the next year's winterization.

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