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Read a few post on winterizing motors at the end of the season.
I bring my 10 HP outboard into my basement for the winter, where it is warm and dry. Run the carb dry after the last use. Do I need to use same types of storage procedures as motors that are stored outdoors all winter?
Fog the cyclinders, etc.?:confused:
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It wouldn't hurt to spray some fogging oil in each cylinder and turn it over by hand a couple times. Also, it would be a good time to pull the prop and check for old fishing line wrapped up behind it, and then change the lower unit oil checking for water mixed it. But I'm sure 10's of thousands of motors have been stored each winter like yours and no harm is done. My brother gave me a 7 1/2 HP Sears motor that had sat in his shed for 12 years with no preventative maintenence and it started on the 4th pull and has run great.
 

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Timmy: when I had the 15 horse tiller on the old Turtle, I would simply bring it into my garage, which never went below 55 or so, and every season, it would start up with no problems.....
 

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"Run the carb dry after the last use."

I do this after each use. Never know how long that outboard may sit, and gas in carbs can dry out and produce varnish inside meaning a rebuild and cleaning.

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Fogging's, Change lower end fluid and prop removeal is not a bad idea as SB mentioned.

Here's what I do at end of season:

Grease all linkage - choke, tiller, gearshift, carb, etc.

Wash and wax motor

Run Engine tuner through to decarbon (if it's a two-stroke!)

Change plugs.

Torque head bolts

Clean fuel filter screen

Put in basement.
 
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I NEVER winterized my dads old boat, 16 years never gave me a problem, it was a 35 horse, i dont think you would need to do anything.

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Paul_M said:
Better to use gas stabilizer and not run a 2 stroke dry.
I've been running two-strokes dry since the 60's. I've also tore apart many carbs in two-strokes (mostly motorcycles, but a few outboards, weed wackers, and other lawn tools) only to discover the bowls and passageways thick with varnish, from lack of use.

Got my 15hp new 10 years ago, and haven't had a problem yet.

But I agree, I also use gas stabilizer.
 

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I guess running an engine dry is better than not using(neglecting) it , but it's still BETTER to not run it dry.
 
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