How to Test and Outboard Motor on Land




Introduction: How to Test and Outboard Motor on Land

I did this at TechShop Menlo Park's automotive area!

Step 1: You can test an outboard motor without access to a boat or ocean. Simply mount it to a sturdy platform, place a big bucket underneath it and fill it with water so the propeller is fully submerged.

Step 2: Clean out the gas can of old gas and oil mixture because it may be water contaminated. Add fresh gas and proper amount of two -stroke oil into the can. Different brands of oils require different amounts so read the directions carefully. Best oil on the market is Red Line brand and the ratio is 8ozs per gallon of gas.

Step 3: It the motor hasn't been started in a long time starting fluid will help it start. Unhook the rubber shields over the spark plugs and unscrew the spark plugs all the way out. Starting fluid/ Either is sprayed into the spark plug cavity as well as into the air filter.

Step 4: If your motor doesn't start by pilling the cord it may need to be jumped similarly to jumping a car. Use a battery of at least 12 V on one end and hook up jumper cables onto the metal screw heads near the starter of the motor.

Step 5: Pray to Sea Gods and all nautical creatures that your motor will start and run well!

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    The earmuffs work well. This is useful for an idling motor but it's important not to rev it for too long out of the ocean or river.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Get something like this:

    and you wont need the barrel/trashcan. It hooks up to a garden hose and clamps onto the lower unit to provide the water needed for cooling.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    yes get yourself a pair of rabbit ears. it works much easier and thats what there designed for.

    Miss Cabbit
    Miss Cabbit

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I already have some specifically for working on my motor! Thanks :)