Outboard Repair Manual
For the most part, small engines fall into two categories – two stroke and four stroke. While the two types operate in fundamentally different ways, a good mechanic understands how they operate and can perform a lot of tasks without the aid of reference material.
An outboard motor, on the other hand, almost always requires the use of a manual to provide instruction for service and repair. This is for two reasons – the outboard is different from most other small engine applications, in that it operates in a marine environment, and the lower end of the unit is actually submerged in water while it operates. The tolerances involved in the assembly of an outboard motor are very tight, and extra care must be taken to ensure that water doesn’t intrude and lead to failure.
Failure of an outboard motor while in use can have some dire consequences. The majority of watercraft powered by outboards are single-engine boats, which means there isn’t a built in redundancy factor. If your engine quits while you’re out on the water, you can easily find yourself in an inconvenient or even dangerous situation.
When servicing an outboard, it’s best to be safe and ensure that all repairs are made to the manufacturer’s specifications. You can only do this with the right reference material – a service and repair manual for your specific model of engine. This will ensure that the work you do is done right, and prevent the inconvenience and worry that can be caused by an engine failure at an inopportune time. As an added bonus, you can save considerable money by performing basic maintenance and small repairs yourself. The repair manual for your outboard motor is likely to pay for itself within a relatively short time. There are very few investments you can make in your personal convenience and safety – the manual will help you do the job right.
Even if you have lots of experience in working with small engines, remember that the outboard motor is a slightly different machine, and ensure that all of the work you do is performed as the equipment manufacturer specifies.