Let’s face it, outboard maintenance can be quite expensive, and most of the time, the need for maintenance could have been prevented with proper care. In order to prevent damage and wear to the outboard motor, there are a number of smart practices to take into consideration. For example, a practice as simple as switching from conventional two cycle outboard oil to synthetic outboard oil can have a dramatic effect on preserving the condition of the engine. Synthetic two cycle outboard oil, like Evinrude XD100 oil, is better for the environment and better for preserving the life of the outboard motor.
When boating, it’s also a good idea to take a few additional practices into consideration for preserving the condition of the outboard motor. This includes finding the ideal cruising speed, scraping the hull on a regular basis (to reduce drag), and not being hard on the engine. It’s also a good idea to perform regular maintenance checks, and ensure the motor is taken in for service on its service schedule. Don’t forget to winterize during the off season as well!