Outboard Motor Maintenance: Basics

Outboard Motor Maintenance - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

Student Reviews

"I really enjoyed the class.”

“I thought it was great. I thought the material you covered was perfect, the hands on experience was perfect, your teaching style was refreshing and the duration of the class was just right. If you had a follow up class, I’d sign up in a heartbeat.”

“Danny had a well organized agenda, briefed us in the classroom, and then got right to the hands on part. With each person doing work on their own motor, it was perfect. He had organized the flow of the class perfectly and covered exactly the right amount!”


Class Description

When it comes to outboard motors, seasons of neglect will lead to major expenses. Learn the basics that every boater should know about both routine maintenance and annual outboard maintenance. 

For about the same cost as an annual dealership service, you'll learn how to take proper care of your outboard motor and keep it in shape so it will start easily. In this class, learn how to perform all of the maintenance items listed below using new parts on running outboard motors. Plan on getting a little dirty in this class! Personal protective equipment is provided. 

This class will focus on four-stroke gasoline engines 20 hp and less. Each student will have their own outboard motor to work on.


Learning Objectives

By the end of this class, you will be able to:

  • understand basic anatomy of an outboard motor, plus insights to sourcing parts
  • change the motor oil of your boat
  • change lower unit gear oil
  • inspect, gap, and torque spark plugs
  • change a fuel filter
  • start a manual choke outboard engine and clear flooding
  • fresh-water flush and inspect cooling water flow


Who Might Enjoy This Class?

  • Recreational boaters
  • Anyone interested in learning how to maintain an outboard motor


Class Details


Summer 2024

  • When : Tuesday, , Wednesday Jun 25 to Jun 26 ; 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Location : SCSMA , SC - SMA - Elec Lab -SMA0101 , 4455 Shilshole Ave. NW Seattle WA 98107
  • Fee : $358