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Service Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: Can I rent a boat from Brad's Marine?

Q: Is OMC (Outboard Marine Company) still in business?

Q: Is anything different with Bombardier?

Q: Can I still get parts for my older Evinrude/Johnson motor?
Q: What is the correct ratio for mixing oil and gas for my outboard motor?
Q: Can I use the X-mart 2 cycle oils instead of a major brand(Mercury/Evinrude/Johnson) oils?
Q: Aren't Johnson and Evinrude outboard oils the same?
Q:  What about Ethanol blended fuels?
Q:  What should I do with my fuel during the winter?
Q: What do I do to winterize my outboard?
Q: What about winterizing my Inboard/Outboard?

Q: What do I have to do in the spring when I'm ready to use my boat?

 

Q:  Can I rent a boat from Brad's Marine?

A: No, we do not rent boats.  Because Brad's Marine is not located on a lake, we would incur an additional towing insurance liability.  However, almost any marina will rent boats.

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Q: Is OMC (Outboard Marine Company) still in business?

A: OMC, the past builder of Johnson and Evinrude motors, filed for bankruptcy in December, 2000. After bankruptcy procedures, in the spring of 2001, the engine division was purchased by Bombardier, whose product families include Sea-Doo personal watercraft, Ski-Doo snowmobiles, Learjet, ATVs and high-speed bullet trains.  Bombardier is a large, financially stable company who's family now includes the Evinrude/Johnson outboard engine lines.

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Q: Is anything different with Bombardier?

A: Nothing noticeable to the consumer, except some graphics and the Bombardier name on engine hoods.  Behind the scenes much has changed, and the future is looking brighter than ever for the Evinrude/Johnson engine lines.

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Q: Can I still get parts for my older Evinrude/Johnson motor?

A: Yes.  Parts for older engines are still being produced.  As with any part though, the older the engine, the harder parts can be to find.  Although unrelated to the bankruptcy of OMC, we are finding it harder to find parts for Evinrude/Johnson engines built mid-70's and earlier. 

As demand for parts decrease and it becomes unprofitable to keep a part in production, engine builders start letting them become obsolete.  This is not true for very common tune-up and high maintenance parts, like water pumps, point sets, carburetor kits and propellers.  Those parts are available for motors built back into the early 60's yet.

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Q: What is the correct ratio for mixing oil and gas for my outboard motor?

A: Assuming the engine does not have oil injection, the correct ratio is 50:1 (50 parts gas to 1 part oil). If  a 6 gallon portable tank is being used,  mix 1 pint (16oz.) of 2-stroke oil with 6 gallons of gas to get a 50:1 mix.  Some older outboards (60's and older) recommend a  25:1 ratio, double the oil of what is recommended today.  Back then, 2-cycle oil did not exist so gas was mixed with regular motor oil.  With the refined 2-stroke outboard oils, it can be mixed 50:1.

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Q: Can I use the X-mart 2 cycle oils instead of a major brand(Mercury/Evinrude/Johnson) oils?

A: Yes, but it is recommended that you do not.  All oils bought today will meet a minimum TC-W3 requirement set by the NMMA (National Marine Manufacturers Association).  However, although all oils will meet these requirements, not all will exceed them. 

Only name brand oils will have the correct amount of additives to keep the engine from building up excessive carbon, which is eventually the death of an outboard engine.  Our service department sees this excessive carbon build up when an engine is torn down for overhaul.  Engine builders design, build and test their products using a specific oil formula. 

Although engine builders do not say in the engine manual that you must use their oil , they will say that a TC-W3 rated oil should be used and recommend their oil.  We strongly recommend a brand name oil.

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Q: Aren't Johnson and Evinrude outboard oils the same?

A: It was until a few years ago.  The Evinrude oil now is a synthetic blend, designed  specifically for the Evinrude Ficht direct injected engine.  It has extra detergents which magnetically suspend carbon molecules so the the engine can expel them instead of letting them stick to the piston.  Although It is recommended for the Evinrude Ficht, it can be used in all outboard motors.

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Q: What about Ethanol blended fuels?

A: Your manual will say to avoid alcohol blended fuels.  Although alcohol blended fuels will not ruin your engine, what they may do is cause the engine to burn a leaner mixture of fuel.  In hot weather this is perfect for vapor locking, heat soak, and many other fuel related problems.  Also, alcohol is
known to attract moisture which can lead to water in the fuel.  If possible, avoid alcohol blended fuels, but do not be worried if you have to, it will not ruin your engine.  Its just that under certain circumstances it can cause a performance problem.

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Q: What should I do with my fuel during the winter?

A: If you have 6 gallon tanks, it is recommended you use the fuel in something else at the end of the year, emptying the tanks so you can start with fresh fuel in the spring. Store the tanks in a dry place, spraying some rust preventative inside after the fuel has evaporated.   In the spring you can start with a fresh fuel and oil mixture.

If you have a built-in fuel tank, add fuel conditioner to the tank before your last time out in the fall.  This will allow the entire fuel system, from the fuel tank to the carburetor/fuel injectors, to get treated with conditioned fuel.  Fill the tank full before storage and add any extra fuel conditioner needed.  By filling the tank full, there is less air in the tank, which reduces the chance of condensation.  The fuel conditioner will keep the fuel from losing its qualities, making it okay to use in the spring.

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Q: What do I do to winterize my outboard?

A: We change the lower unit oil, grease all pivot points, add fuel conditioner to the fuel, run and fog the engine and let it run out of gas.  By fogging the engine, we spray fogging oil into the engine through the carburetor or air intake, which gives the internal engine parts an extra coating of oil for the off-season to resist any moisture and/or condensation. For do-it-yourselfers, we have all the materials available for over-the-counter sale.

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Q: What about winterizing my Inboard/Outboard?

A: Winterizing an I/O is more critical and needs attention before temperatures go below freezing.  An I/O does not have a radiator like your vehicle; it uses raw lake water for cooling.  The engine will hold that lake water in the engine when you shut the engine off.  That lake water must be drained before it freezes to avoid major engine damage.

For winterizing an I/O, we add fuel conditioner, change any spin-on fuel filters, run the engine and change engine oil.  We run it again to look for leaks and check oil pressure, then  fog the engine the same as we do an outboard, with fogging oil sprayed into the carburetor or air intake. We then drain the block, manifolds, power steering cooler, and anything else that will hold raw water. We put RV antifreeze (non-toxic) back in the block and manifolds to keep rusting to a minimum and dilute any water that may have remained in the system. We change the lower unit oil, grease outdrive pivot points, and do any other fall maintenance requested by the owner.  Repacking trailer wheels is something that many owners have done during winterizing.

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Q: What do I have to do in the spring when I'm ready to use my boat?

A: You should not have to do anything come spring, except to verify that the battery is fully charged. Check the same things you should check any time before launching your boat, like making sure the boat plug is in and checking that all engine fluids are to their correct levels.  Like always, after the engine is running, pay close attention to any engine gauges such as water temperature and oil pressure, to make sure everything is working properly.

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