Off Season Storage


Use the following procedure to properly prepare your Evinrude® and Johnson® outboard for extended periods of non-use. Refer to your engine's owner's manual for complete and detailed procedures

  1. Add Gunuine Parts 2+4® fuel stabilizer to the remaining gas, prior to motor preparation. Add 1 ounce of stabilizer for every gallon of gas left in the tank.

    Note - Running the motor on the flushing attachment must be done with the boat either on the trailer or a dolly. When running a motor on a flushing attachment, always remove the engine's propeller before starting engine to prevent accidental contact with the moving propeller.

  2. Using a flushing attachment allow motor to run at approximately 1500 RPM'S for 10- 15 minutes to allow time for the fuel that has been stabilized in the tank to get into the carburetors.

  3. After the motor has run for 10 - 15 min's, use Genuine Parts fogging oil to properly lubricate the internal components to minimize the chance of corrosion to them. Run the motor at1500 rpm and inject the fogging oil into the motor per the directions on the can. This is a heavy film lubricant that is specially formulated to cling to the steel engine components. For Ficht Fuel Injected Outboards you must use Genuine Parts Fogging oil can part Number # 771298.

  4. After the motor has been fogged pull the spark plug leads, remove the plugs, and spray a liberal amount of Genuine Parts fogging oil into each cylinder.

  5. Either by recoil or by hand if your motor is not equipped with a recoil, rotate flywheel in a clockwise direction to help distribute the fogging oil evenly throughout the cylinders. Reinstall the spark plugs and torque.

    Note - To prevent accidental starting during the storage; leave the spark plug leads
    disconnected from the spark plugs.

  6. Clean or change Fuel filters.

  7. Check and tighten all screws, bolts, and nuts.

  8. Check for any damaged or deteriorated parts. Be sure starter solenoid terminal boot and all connectors are in place.

  9. Remove and examine the propeller. If damaged, see your dealer. Clean the propeller shaft and lubricate it. While the propeller is off, check the prop shaft seal for damage and any fishing line as it can damage the seal.

  10. Drain and refill the gearcase lubricant. Remove the drain/fill plug and upper vent plug from the side of the gearcase and completely drain gearcase of old lube.

  11. Examine drained lube for water, metal filings, milky appearance, or black color with burnt odor. If old lube has any of those characteristics, see your dealer. If drained lube is in good condition, continue.

  12. Place the tube of lube in the drain/fill lower hole and fill until oil appears at the upper Vent hole. See specifications for gearcase capacity. Once the oil comes out the upper vent hole, install the upper vent plug before removing the lube tube from the lower fill hole. Once the upper vent plug is installed and tightened, remove the fill tube and quickly install the lower drain/fill plug into lower hole. Securely tighten both plugs.

    Gearcase Lubrication Change Frequency
    Your gearcase lube should be changed after the first 20 hours of operation. Check the level and condition of the lubricant after the next 30 hours of operation. Add lubricant if necessary. There after, check level and condition of lubricant every 50 hours. Replace lubricant every 100 hours of operation or once each off season, whichever occurs first. Refill with Genuine Parts Ultra-HPF Gearcase lube. If not available, use Genuine Parts Hi-vis Gearcase Lube. See your Dealer.

    Gearcase speedometer pickup, if equipped
    On motors that have the speedometer pickup in the gearcase you must disconnect the speedometer hose at the upper connection. With air pressure no more than 25psi (167 kPa) blow all water from the gearcase speedometer pickup system. Reconnect speedometer pickup after all water has been removed.

  13. The installer was instructed to grease the steering cable ram during installation. Periodic re-greasing of the steering cable ram with Genuine Parts Triple-Guard Grease is required.

    Tilt N Trim
  14. Tilt the motor up and engage the tilt support. ( refer to owner's manual operation section, Tilting or Tilt Support). Remove filler cap and check fluid level. If necessary, add enough Power Tilt/trim or power steering fluid to bring the fluid level even with the bottom of the fill cap hole when the unit is at full tilt.

  15. Return motor tilt to the normal run position. Disconnect battery and store in cool dry place. Charge occasionally.

    Note - The ECU on Ficht Fuel Injection Outboards draws a small amount of battery current at all times. If the motor is not being operated for 30 days or longer period of time, either turn the boat's battery selector switch off, disconnect or remove the battery, or remove the fuse from position 7 in the Power Distribution Panel.

  16. Wipe down motor & wax with automotive type wax if desired.

  17. Check condition of Trailer, lights, bunks & tires and repair as necessary.