I was in my favorite reading chair last night (the one with the water cooling system underneath) and my reading material of choice was the Manual for my 2005 60hp Merc four stroke. Their recommended maintenance was more than I had planned to do this off-season so I wanted to get some feedback from those of you that have way more experience than I.
These are the upcoming steps that are recommended and already planned by me and co-owners:
- Change engine oil & filter
- Check engine fuel filter for contaminants & change, if necessary
- Drain & replace gear case lubricant
- Visually inspect all cables,fuel lines, wiring and tubing for signs of wear or cracking, replace as necessary
- Check tightness of bolts, nuts and other fasteners
These additional steps are recommended every year or 100 hours:
- Lubricate all lubrication points per manual
- Replace spark plugs
- Check corrosion control anodes
- Check power trim fluid
- Inspect timing belt
- Inspect thermostat visually for corrosion and broken spring. Make sure thermostat closes completely at room temperature.
- Check Engine timing set-up
- Lubricate splines on the drive shaft
- Check and adjust valve clearance, if necessary
- Check control cable adjustments
Recommended every 3 years or 300 hours:
- Replace water pump impeller
The items in BOLD are recommended to be serviced by the dealer/authorized service center.
The boat is being stored indoor (climate controlled 65*). We plan on doing as much as we can ourselves. I guess my questions are:
1) How much of the recommended maintenance is required; how much is REALLY required?
2) Of the items that are recommended to be done by a dealer, what can we do ourselves?
3) Other than inspecting the battery and removing propeller to inspect for fishing line, etc., are there any other things we should be doing that I've missed?