water draining from outboard motor

by Sam V
(Mountain Grove, MO)

I recently purchased a 17 ft. Bass Boat with a 2004,75 HP Mercury 2 cycle outboard. Before buying the boat the seller and I took it to a boat ramp and backed it into the water and started the engine. It run well. At that point I hauled the boat 100 miles to my house, parked it and covered it up. Now we have had some freezing weather and I am worried that the motor was not lowered to drain the water out. Today I removed the motor brace and lowered the motor to the vertical position.

Do I have anything to worry about as far as water remaining and freezing in the engine?

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Feb 17, 2013
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WATER DRAINING FROM OUTBOARD MOTOR
by: doug

Right...An outboard will drain its self if the engine is always lowered down.But sometimes water can get into the lower gearbox(foot) and freeze cracking the lower unit...It's recommended to drain and change that oil every fall just to see if water got in(indicating a bad seal somewhere in foot)and safe guard it freezing and cracking housing..Also when storing outside for winter keep engine tilted all the way down so rain water can't fill up area at prop and freeze.

May 11, 2012
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No damage
by: Sam V

The answer is no. I took the boat to the local Tracker center and had it serviced and new impeller, after which we spent a week on Table Rock Lake and the boat preformed perfectly. I will remember however to drain the engine each time I load up.

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