An outboard motor can be a great way to power your canoe or other small boat. However, you may be so interested in all your boating activities that you aren’t paying much attention to the motor itself. To make sure that it keeps working well, here are some things you can do.

Perform Frequent Inspections

One of the best things you can do for your outboard motor is to inspect it on a regular basis. An inspection doesn’t have to be a formal affair; you simply have to take note of whether the motor and its parts seem intact and without damage. Inspect the motor for rust, be sure that none of the hoses are punctured or torn and look for signs of a fuel leak underneath the motor.

Another thing to look at is whether the motor is attached properly to the boat itself. Check the clamps to ensure they aren’t rusting and look for any signs that the hull of your boat is not bent as a result of using a motor that is too large.

Check Fuel Filter

It’s a smart idea to locate and check out the fuel filter periodically. The filter is in place to remove small particles and debris from the fuel so that no debris enters the engine. Over time, the filter itself can become dirty and clogged. If that happens, it can no longer do its job, and that can cause problems for the motor.  For instance, one sign that your filter isn’t working well is that your motor may no longer be achieving high speeds. You may think that’s normal wear and tear, but replacing a dirty filter may very well make high speeds possible again.

The filter is typically located inside the casing of your motor. Once you’ve got the casing open, the filter should be easily visible, as it is in a cylindrical container that looks like a soda can and is generally located near where you put the fuel into the tank. Sometimes, the container is labeled. You can pop open the container and have a look at the filter itself to see if it is black and clogged. If so, you may need to replace it by going to a marine supply shop and getting a newer one.

To know where exactly the fuel filter is in your particular model, reference the owners manual.  If you can’t locate the manual, write down the brand name and either call the manufacturer directly or peruse their website to see if they have an online manual for you to check out.

If you make use of this information, your outboard motor will keep working well. Consult a motor retailer such as All Seasons Honda & Peninsula Ski-Doo to learn more.