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How to Flush Your Mercury Outboard Motor. (Quick & Easy)

By Marshall Nicholson | Jan 26, 2022 | Boating Education


In this video Thomas Sosinsky shows you how to flush your Mercury Outboard motor quickly and easily. Please make sure to review your manufacturer guidelines booklet to make sure these recommendations are in line with your particular motor.

No matter where you boat, if you have an outboard motor, the best thing you can do to help prolong its life and keep it in good running shape is to flush it with freshwater after every use. This is especially important in saltwater or brackish water. But even if you boat in freshwater lakes or rivers, you still need to do this important maintenance task every time because it’s easy to suck up mud, grit, and other contaminants.

Always follow your outboard boat engine manufacturer’s recommendations for how to perform this maintenance, but generally it’s pretty much the same other than amount of time to run freshwater through the system. Some companies say 5 minutes, others say 10. Generally more is better.

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