How to Maintain a Boat’s Trim-and-Tilt System – Boating

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Outboard tilted up
{Trim|Cut} is the range {of|associated with} motion available {while the|as the} engine is {running|operating|working}. Tilt is the {range|variety} of operation allowing {the|the particular} engine to rotate {clear|obvious|very clear|crystal clear|apparent} of the water. Kevin Falvey

Outboard trim-and-tilt systems require {regular|normal} service. I suggest {the|the particular} following procedures be {included|incorporated|integrated} in an outboard owner’s maintenance routine and {that|that will} boaters also familiarize {themselves|on their own|by themselves|them selves} {with the|using the|with {all|almost all|just about all|most|all of|many|most of|every|all of the} the} procedure for {adding|including|incorporating} fluid {to the|towards the} trim-and-tilt system.

Outboard tilt ram
Greasing {the|the particular} ram tips is {easy|simple}. Kevin Falvey

Greased Rams

So {simple|easy|basic}: Squeeze some grease {on|upon} your fingertips and {apply|use|utilize} a healthy dollop {to|in order to} the tips of {the|the particular} trim rams. This {inhibits|prevents} wear and quiets {the|the particular} screeching sound that {can|may} occur when grease {wears|would wear|dons} off.

Grease the {Tilt|Point} Tube

{Look for|Search for} the tilt tube {at the front|in front} {of|associated with} your engine, where {it|this} connects to the transom. {Use a|Make use {of|associated with} a|Utilize a|Work with a} grease gun to {apply|use|utilize} waterproof grease to {the|the particular} grease fittings. Watch {for|with regard to|regarding|intended for|to get|pertaining to|meant for|designed for|just for} the new grease {pushing|pressing} out the old {grease|oil}, your indication to {stop|quit|cease|prevent|end} squeezing the grease {gun|weapon}. Wipe off excess.

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Outboard support bracket
Deploying {the|the particular} support bracket allows {full|complete} retraction of the rams. Kevin Falvey

Stationary Support

Always {use|make use of} the tilt support {bracket|group} {while the|as the} {boat|vessel|motorboat|ship} is docked or moored with the engine tilted up. This is {a|the} swing-down support found {on|upon} top of the {engine|motor} mounting bracket. Tilt {the|the particular} engine all the {way|method} up, deploy the {support|assistance}, trim the engine {down|straight down|lower} until it rests {on|upon} the support, and {then|after that} continue pressing the {trim|cut} switch until the rams are fully retracted. {This|This particular} inhibits corrosion and fouling on the rams.

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Outboard tilt hydraulic fill
The hydraulic fill {is|will be|is usually|is definitely|can be|is certainly} near the waterline. Kevin Falvey

{Adding|Including|Incorporating} Hydraulic Fluid

The trim-and-tilt system is electrohydraulic {and|plus} sometimes may need {fluid|liquid} added, often indicated {by|simply by} failure to trim {fully|completely} or “slipping down” {after|right after} tilt-up. The fill {cap|cover} is a hex-headed {or|or even} slotted screw {on {top|best} of|along with} the hydraulic reservoir. The cylindrical {reservoir|tank} is located {between the|between|involving the|between your} uprights {of|associated with} the engine mounting {bracket|group}. Due to this {location|area|place} {right at|here at} {the|the particular} waterline, the boat {should|ought to|need to} be on land {{in|for} {diets} a|inside a|within a|in the} bow-down attitude to {level|degree} the reservoir, which {is|will be|is usually|is definitely|can be|is certainly} {at the same|exact same|perfectly} negative 13- to 15-degree angle as the transom. Arrange this by {cranking|quality|turning} {down the|over the|throughout the} trailer’s tongue jack. {Don’t have|Do not have|Have no} a trailer? Borrow {one|1|a single|one particular}, or seek a boatyard for this job.

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1. Tilt up {the|the particular} outboard {and put|and set} the support bracket {{in|for} {diets} place|in position}. An {engine|motor} falling {on you|upon you|you} or your hands {can|may} be catastrophic.

{2|two}. Remove {the|the particular} screw.

3. Fill {to just|in order to} overflowing. {Wipe|Clean} excess.

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4. {Tilt|Point} the engine up {and|plus} down to bleed {air|air flow|atmosphere|surroundings} out.

5. Add more {fluid|liquid} (if it will {take|get|consider} some).

6. Repeat steps {4|four} and 5 as {needed|required}.

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{7|seven}. Reinstall {the|the particular} screw.

Outboard manual tilt
{If the|When the} tilt system is inoperative, {look for a|search {for|with regard to|regarding|intended for|to get|pertaining to|meant for|designed for|just for} a|choose a} screw {on|upon} the side of {the|the particular} engine bracket at {the|the particular} height {of the|from the} hydraulic reservoir. This {is|will be|is usually|is definitely|can be|is certainly} the hydraulic release {screw|mess}. Unscrew it {a turn|a change|a switch|a convert} or two, grab {the|the particular} engine {by the|from the|with the|by} gear case, {and|plus} lift it up. (Know your limit. ) {Deploy|Set up} the engine support {bracket|group}. If the engine {will|will certainly|may|can} not lift, you {might|may} need to loosen {the|the particular} release screw {{a bit|a little bit} more|a little more}. Kevin Falvey

{Topping|Leading} off the fluid {is often a|is usually a} temporary fix. Even {though|although|even though} a leak might {not|not really} be evident, {you {may|might} have|you might have} {one|1|a single|one particular} and need to {take|get|consider} your engine to {a|the} pro {to fix|to repair|to correct|to solve} it.

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