outboard maintenance greasing steering engine glands

Routine outboard engine maintenance | Greasing engine steering glands

An outboard engine can give you years of reliable use if given some occasional TLC.

Even if you get your outboard regularly serviced by a technician, there are a number of routine maintenance steps you can take yourself to keep it in top working order.

Greasing the steering shaft and pivot shaft grease nipples of your outboard engine should be attended to regularly, to prevent salt water intrusion and wearing of the components.

All you will need for this exercise is about 10 minutes of your time, a rag to wipe excess grease and a grease gun loaded with a good quality waterproof boating grease from your local dealer.

The simple steps to undertake this important maintenance is in the video.

If you use your outboard regularly, I’d be undertaking this maintenance every month or so.

Even if your boat isn’t used much, heat from sitting in the weather and over time, the grease can degrade, so once every three months would be advisable. It really only takes a minute.

Failure to grease your outboard engine glands can result in the steering components wearing and going sloppy as a result of salt and water intrusion.

We also suggest keeping an eye under the outboard engine cowling on a regular basis, to again check for any telltale signs of saltwater intrusion. These need to be attended to right away.

Prevention is way cheaper than cure so keeping on top of these small issues could save you big bucks in the long run.

And once in fix it mode, take a look at this previous post to keep your reels in tip top shape also.

DIY Fishing Reel Maintenance

And if you’re curious as to why I run a two stroke and not a four stroke on my boat, I explain it all here;

Two stroke vs four stroke myths debunked

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Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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  • Ryan

    Reply Reply April 3, 2016

    Thanks Cameron for your kind words. We certainly do try to impart some of our passion for the outdoors and fish stocks via our tips and courses and from your comment it looks like we are succeeding. Thanks for taking the time to comment and look forward to having you inside when it is right for you. Cheers mate. Tight lines.

  • Cameron Grant

    Reply Reply March 28, 2016

    Hi Ryan and Karen,
    Just a quick note to say I am a keen fisherman from the Mornington Peninsula and have been following you for a while now. I have done many trips ‘up north’ over the past 25 years chasing Barra and other northern species and really appreciate your tips and you sharing your knowledge. I do intend to book in for one of your courses and have taken the time to read about some of the content, strategies and techniques. Also get a bit out of your general boat/gear topics. Presently I am not in a position to afford the course but understand the value and hopefully will be closer for early next year.
    Thanks once again, I am excited for you too, as everything I have seen about your courses and business has been with good clarity, very professional and presented with huge passion! Keep up the good work, I will be in touch when I’m a bit closer to booking.
    Kind Regards,
    Cameron Grant
    M: 0438 899 309
    E: ccgrant@bigpond.com

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