Your Honda Marine engine is designed and manufactured to precise specifications to ensure years of trouble-free operation. Operating and storing of your engine in salt water or polluted water may have adverse effects on your outboard. The good news is most salt/polluted water problems can be avoided by following a few simple steps.
Follow These Steps to Prevent Most Polluted or Salt Water Operational Issues:
- Always flush your outboard with fresh water after each use in salt water or polluted water. Follow the instructions shown in the Storage section of your owner’s manual.
Flushing with fresh water will prevent a buildup of deposits that can clog or corrode the water passages, sensors, and thermostat(s) in the cooling system.
- Wash down the exterior with fresh water after each use. We suggest washing the exterior with a mild biodegradable detergent. Do not spray water into the air intake. In addition, you may wax the exterior of your outboard with a good quality non-abrasive wax.
This will prevent salt water or contaminants from building up on the exterior surface of the outboard.
- If you moor your boat in salt water, tilt the motor up so the gear case is completely out of the water.
Keeping the gear case out of the water will prevent marine organisms from growing on it, possibly eating into the surface of the gear case.
- Store your outboard out of direct sunlight.
Direct sunlight can damage the finish of your outboard and any rubber components if exposed for long periods of time. If storage out of direct sunlight is not possible, we recommend using a UV-resistant fabric cover while in storage.
- Check the exterior for nicks and scrapes. Touch up nicks and scrapes as soon as possible.
Bare metal exposed to salt or polluted water will corrode and deteriorate. Corrosion can grow beneath the painted surface surrounding a nick or scrape if left untreated.
- Apply Honda Marine Corrosion Inhibitor or a similar product to all areas under the engine cover and to any exposed metal surfaces monthly. Do not spray Corrosion Inhibitor on the surface of the timing or alternator belt(s), the alternator, oxygen sensor, or anodes.
- Apply Honda Marine Waterproof Grease monthly to the lubrication points as shown in the owner’s manual under Servicing Your Outboard Motor.
Fully greased components help to prevent salt water intrusion and subsequent corrosion.
- Have the thermostat(s) and water pump serviced annually or every 200 hours of use.
Salt water and contaminants can decrease the service life of the water pump components and thermostat(s).