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I just acquired a used Yamaha 50TLR.

I'd like to know what kind of routine maintenance I should preform to keep it in good working order.

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This is based on what we did for ours, and may not be specific to your model (but should hold true)

  • Take off the prop and grease every season
  • When storing drain all fluids
  • I actually find that mine works better if the first tank of the season is premium, good quality gas.
  • Take out the spark plug and store separately. I apply a tad of oil to the plug socket to keep it from corroding over the winter
  • I find that working a little neatsfoot oil into the cord helps prevent dry rot and breakage.
  • And needless to say, store out of the weather
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