When I first was introduced to outboard motors, I was really confused about how they worked in general. In fact, I knew nothing about motors at all since I had never learned much about any other type of motor either. What I did learn about outboard motors was all taught to me by a friend who had a boat and wanted to take me under their wing to help me out when I first got into boating.
One of the biggest things he stressed was that I should make sure to get the best motor oil for my boat that I could. The oil is what lubricates the engine and keeps it from jamming or breaking down. Making sure that my motor is always ready with the best type of outboard motor oil that I can afford has been something that has been a priority for me ever since I heard this.
The advice seems to have been pretty good since I have never had any substantial problems with my outboard motor. It has been wonderful spending a bit of time learning more about motors since I started as I have been able to actually fix my motor myself on a regular basis.