motor storage and carburetor

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Posted by jd on April 10, 2003 at 09:33:48:

In Reply to: Transom posted by Bobby on April 09, 2003 at 12:04:38:

I was told by a mechanic to always store the motor in the down position. The basic reasoning was explained to me and related to the carbs. This is all based on memory, which is usually very bad. From what I thought I understood, at an angle, the fuel drains from the top carb chamber down to the port much quicker than all combined would if stored level. The mechanic said that a fouled carb is usually much worse in the topmost chamber due to the way many boats are stored. Air is your enemy in a carburetor because it causes drying which forms the gummy stuff that blocks ports. I was also told that during winter storage it may be a good idea to gently squeeze the bulb from time to time to keep the carbs full of fuel. Fuel stabilizer is also a good idea. Keeping the motor down will also prevent water from sitting and freezing in the hub.

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