Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: 32'58"N 094'25"W
Re: Outboard motor winter storage
Originally Posted by Bigeasy
I have heard to schools of thought on that one. One is that doing so will cause gaskets and seals to dry out, causing leaks. The other is to fill your gas tank, add the appropriate amount of fuel stabilizer, then run the engine until the stabilized gas in the carburetors, then let it sit. I do the latter, and along with pulling the plugs and pouring a little oil down the cylinders, and draining any water from the lower end, I have had no problems. Their is also a fogger you can spray under the engine cowling that helps prevent corrosion.
Good advice! If you use a stabilizer, use the Marine Formula "Sta-Bil" ethanol treatment. Assuming you're not using ethanol free gasoline. It's a really good idea to fog the carburetors too if you're storing it for several months. Don't forget to remove the batteries and store them somewhere where it doesn't freeze, check the water levels, and maintain the charge while in storage.
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