Boats are complicated to own, use and maintain, but nonetheless pleasing and rewarding. Their sometimes faulty engines, however, are among the top reasons why boats break down. Sometimes, the issue is minor and can be easily fixed even if you are on board and sailing. Other times there may be a more complicated problem with the motor.

The separate outboard engines for sale usually come with a warning. It’s never good when they are overheating. The raw water intake must not be obstructed. Bursts or splits may also be the cause why the motor keeps getting hotter. Also, the exhaust system should be free from corrosion or blockages.

When you buy new outboard engines for sale straight from the manufacturer, they come with the instructions you need. Should problems arise and replacement parts be needed, get ones from the same brand. Oftentimes, replacing the impeller will ensure that major problems are being eliminated.

Sometimes there is enough fuel to run on, the engine is healthy but the boat won’t start. In this situation the fuel may not be getting to where it is needed. You need a bit of mechanic knowledge to figure this one out. The primer ball will give you a clue. When it’s tight and oriented rather towards the inside, then the fuel vent may be blocked. This is quite common with small motors. By checking the filters and all the separators, you may find a fault there – a clogged one will not let the fuel flow. 

If the engine happens to shut down suddenly or to miss repeatedly, then there could be some water with the fuel. There are fuel additives which will absorb the water in it. When you have more than one tank, you may open the valve and let the motor get more fuel from a good tank instead of the watery one.

Some motors misbehave because the cool water isn’t doing its job. The telltale port may be clogged and in this case it needs some fast spinning to be freed. When the temperature is alarming, then the trouble is more serious. However, all you need to do is to fix the blocked intakes. Have the motor tilted up to test this.

Strange sounds and vibrations are signs to another common problem. It’s the prop you have to check this time. Use a file to fix any parts that appear bent or somehow damaged. As you may see, it matters first to identify the exact trouble and then to inspect the parts to find its cause. Once identified, you can proceed by applying the given tips.