11-11-2015 05:53 - edited 11-13-2015 03:47
Follow the winterization procedure in the operator's guide that you received with the motor. Anti-freeze is not needed in an outboard motor. Make sure that the engine is left if the vertical postion for long enough to fully drain out any water after the winterizing. It is aslo recommeded to store it vertical if possible.
You may change the gear oil if you wish or if it is due but at least check it for any water or water mixed with the oil before storage.
There are articles and videos on storage procedures that can be found online.
When winterizing is finished,
leave the outboard in vertical position
long enough to completely drain the powerhead.
If equipped, disconnect the
speedometer pickup at the upper connection
and blow all water out of the hose
using air pressure of 25 psi or less.
Reconnect speedometer pickup after all
the water has been removed.
3) Top off oil tank.
Extra engine oil is used during the winterization
procedure. Some excess oil may appear
on the skeg below the gearcase area. This is
Avoid potential oil stains by placing a shop
towel or suitable container under the propeller
and skeg for the duration of the storage.
Winterization is complete when outboard
shuts itself off.
• If the outboard DOES NOT shut itself
off, you may not have allowed enough running
time at a throttle position.
• If the engine exceeds 3000 RPM, the outboard
may have been shifted into gear.
In either event, immediately turn key switch
OFF and re-start the procedure.
"There is never just one thing wrong with a boat";
-- Travis McGee, main character in a book series by John D. McDonald
The factory recommends that a properly trained technician service your Johnson or Evinrude outboard motor. Should you elect to perform repairs yourself, use caution, common sense, and observe safety procedures in the vicinity of flammable liquids, around moving parts, near high-temperature components, and working with electrical or ignition systems.
The information offered here is only general in nature and should not be construed as complete factory approved procedures, techniques, or specifications. Always use the proper service manual for your motor, up-to-date service literature, the correct tools, and have an understanding of how to proceed with troubleshooting and repair methods. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with a procedure, a situation, or a technique, enlist the services of a factory trained technician.