first time outboard owner questions
Remove the prop to check for fishing line and then put a little grease on the shaft before putting the prop back on. It's also a good time to check the condition of your spark plugs. Even if they are OK good to remove from time to time so they don't lock in place.
Remove the various connectors to your battery and stick the ends in a solution of baking soda to remove oxidation and acid. Once it stops bubbling dry off. Then buff with a small wire brush and then a light coat of grease. Clean the posts on the battery.
Most recommend storing batteries in a heated area and not directly on concrete. It is important to check the charge over the course of storage. If you don't there is a chance that the stuff that builds up on the battery plates when discharged will decrease the ability to take a full charge and reduce the longevity of your battery. I have an onboared charger so I leave mine stored in the boat and plugged in for storage.
Or you could haul it to FL like I plan to next wk for 3 mon.
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You can buy a repair manual instead of a owners manual for 40-100 bucks depending on size of mortor. Even if you dont do your own repairs its an excellent way to know your engine. Good investment.
I tilt my motor up and down a few times and turn it side to side when it's fully tilted up. My old motor was a V4 and all of the water wouldn't come out of the block unless I did that. My newer motor is a strait 3 cylinder and it doesn't seem to make a difference but I do it anyways. Why risk cracking your block. I don't drain my gas, I just add Sea Foam to the tank and make sure I run some of the treated gas through the line and carbs. Change the lower unit oil and I'm done. That process has worked for me for 25 years and 6 different motors.
I do run antifreeze through my livewell lines. I had a buddy who almost sunk his rig one spring after ice had cracked one of his drain lines and filled the bilge with lake water.
Then look at your Manuel for anything else.