Originally Posted by NeilH
I have decided to service my engine myself (50GETO) - used to regularly service and take apart motorbike engines so I think I can do this.
I've got a service kit from Warsash Marine and I've read the 194 page(!) manual. I've condensed what I think I need to do down to the following:
Spark plugs replace
Clean fuel filter and replace strainer
Ignition timing ??????
Check all fuel and oil pipes
Grease all linkages
Power trim and tilt check fluid and top up if necessary
Grease nipples - grease
Propeller remove, check spline for wear and grease
Clean anode with wire brush
Replace gear oil (watched youtube video on this)
Water pump impellor replace (have found various threads and youtube videos on this and how to drop the leg)
Battery old one not holding charge so replace
Thermostat - ?????
The engine is in good condition and runs well.
I'd be grateful for any advice on what I might be missing.
Thanks in advance
Not much missed off.
I have serviced and maintained my owm for 20+ years.
However I tend to do less than you listed.
All I do yearly is
check the spark plugs. Only replace if necessary.
Check the gearbox oil (if it's white or black change it!)
I renew the impeller when I buy an engine, then just keep my eye on it, if it gets weaker change it, they usually do a few seasons easy.
But that's with knowing what's in there because I fitted it!
Grease up and lubrication.
Check oil levels etc.
Corrosion guard sprayed under cowling etc.
I leave everything else alone, if it ain't broke dont fiddle with it!
I don't winterise the engine either. I just start it up on the hose every 3 weeks or so if I haven't been using it.
Let it run for a few mins.
Turn the steering full lock either was and stop it in a different place to prevent any tightness.
But I do carry spare plugs, water pump and impeller gearbox oil etc in the boat with tools. So if I do have an issue I can sort it there and then.