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Old 13 June 2015, 14:53   #1
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starting my Tohatsu after 12 months storage

I bought my first outboard 12 months ago,not been touched other than a gear oil change last week,spark plugs look good,what other jobs need to be done before starting it up?
Will it be ok?
I know it needs a service,but being 80 miles inland no one does it near here,and I would rather do it myself so I know what to do in an emergency.
It is stored in an insulated workshop free from frost.I need some spare plugs, propeller starter cord anything else.
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I forgot to say it was a used 2 stroke about 11 years old,running fine when I went to see it
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drain the carbs, check the fuel filter and go get fresh fuel/oil and fire it up, it will be fine i'm sure.

i would also replace the impeller since it has sat for so long before you go out with it.

grease any nipples you find and a general inspection/grease of the mounts etc.

also worth checking the anode is in good condition.

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And if its a runner, don't forget to change the gearbox oil too.
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a gear oil change last week
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starting my Tohatsu after 12 months storage

Doh!!

Maybe the wife is right, I don't pay enough attention.
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Thanks for your replies,the impeller is that in the water pump?
Fuel filter won`t come apart so I may as well get a new one and keep the old one as a spare.
Annode not sure how it works,protects from electrolytic corrosion according to my manual.
I have fresh petrol and oil ,might fire it up later if I have drained the carbs out.
Then in the next few weeks I am hoping to go to Ullswater to try it out,see how the outboard performs.
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An anode is a sacrificial lump - or lumps, mine has two - of metal bolted to part of the engine that is immersed in normal use. This corrodes away instead of bits of your engine.
DO NOT paint over it. Worth removing, cleaning & refitting.
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Everything has been pretty much covered. Couple of things that are more preventative rather than must do service items, would be to remove the propeller shaft, regrease then put propeller back on. Always fit a new stainless steel split pin. In addition, you may want to check the thermostat. These tend to deteriorate over time with salt build up to the point they seize. You'll need a new gasket if you remove.

This is a great resource for part numbers and diagrams: https://www.tohatsuoutboardparts.com...0221030-5).pdf
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Hi Paintman, shall give the Annode a good clean-or renew.
Spartacus,will grease propeller shaft and fit new pin will be ordering some grease this week possibly quick silver 2 4 C although a bit pricey at 19 per tube.
The Tohatsu parts link is brilliant even saw the drain screw on the carb.
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