Honda Storage Tips
Outboard engines may spend an extended period of time in rest, which is why it is important to adopt proper outboard motor storage techniques for a smooth awakening.
Here are a few tips to assist you in properly caring for your outboard engine:
Keep it clean and dry
Flush and drain the cooling system
Drain the fuel tank (portable) and the fuel system
Change the engine oil
Coat all surfaces liable to rust with a thin film of oil
Store in the standard operation position
Keep it in an area free of excessive humidity and dust
Protect it from dust and debris with a specific outboard engine cover
Fuel is also an important part of proper storage, as today's fuels don't have a very long storage life. Gasoline that sits in a float bowl or partially filled gas tank for as little as 30 to 60 days can cause your unit to have starting problems. Warm weather also causes fuel to go "stale."
Make sure you follow these steps to help prevent storage-related starting problems.
Maintaining the original performance of your outboard engine will largely depend on the care you provide it right now. Refer to your Owner's Manual for additional storage information specific to your model.