Understanding the Outboard Motor

Paperback | June 28, 2002

byEugene W. Stagner

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Reflecting the latest advances, this practical manual on outboard mechanics explains the technical theory of operation necessary to prepare for certification or re-certification tests. It empowers users with a basic understanding that will help them troubleshoot and repair quickly and with confidence. Chapter topics include the general use and maintenance of outboard motors, two-stroke and four-stroke operation, two-stroke and four-stroke powerhead, electricity /electronics for the technician, the marine battery, starter system, alternator charging system, ignition systems, fuel system operation, tune-up, midsection/lower unit, trim and tilt system, propeller performance, and boat performance problems. For outboard mechanics, boat owners, and marine dealerships.

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Reflecting the latest advances, this practical manual on outboard mechanics explains the technical theory of operation necessary to prepare for certification or re-certification tests. It empowers users with a basic understanding that will help them troubleshoot and repair quickly and with confidence. Chapter topics include the ge...

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Reflecting the latest advances, this practical manual on outboard mechanics explains the technical theory of operation necessary to prepare for certification or re-certification tests. It empowers users with a basic understanding that will help them troubleshoot and repair quickly and with confidence.Chapter topics include the general ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:484 pages, 10.8 × 8.2 × 1.2 inPublished:June 28, 2002Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0130943185

ISBN - 13:9780130943187

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"It’s not the fixing that is so hard, it’s finding out just what needs fixing." The person who can do this is called a technician. The technician has put in hours upon hours of study to gain a thorough knowledge of the product and has developed an understanding of principles of operation. The technician approaches each mechanical or electrical problem as a challenge, systematically testing to determine the extent of repairs needed. With a good attitude toward the customer, honest repair practices, and technical studies, you can acquire the skills for making outboard repairs. For the student outboard technician, this manual explains the technical theory of operation necessary to prepare for training and certification at a factory training center. Reading this manual will be profitable because the basic understanding you gain will help you troubleshoot outboard systems. With greater understanding of electronic systems, such as OptiMax and Ficht Fuel Injection, you will be able to make accurate repairs that meet emission control requirements. The novice mechanic should use this text in conjunction with a factory service manual. First, read the theory in this text that relates to the repairs to be made. Then, with the aid of the factory service manual for that outboard, make the repairs, applying the theory learned. This text makes following the technical repair procedures given in the service manual easier to understand because you will know what must take place in the outboard at the completion of repair. And this text will help clarify the reasons behind the technical instructions given by the outboard manufacturer.

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"It's not the fixing that is so hard, it's finding out just what needs fixing." The person who can do this is called a technician. The technician has put in hours upon hours of study to gain a thorough knowledge of the product and has developed an understanding of principles of operation. The technician approaches each mechanical or electrical problem as a challenge, systematically testing to determine the extent of repairs needed. With a good attitude toward the customer, honest repair practices, and technical studies, you can acquire the skills for making outboard repairs. For the student outboard technician, this manual explains the technical theory of operation necessary to prepare for training and certification at a factory training center. Reading this manual will be profitable because the basic understanding you gain will help you troubleshoot outboard systems. With greater understanding of electronic systems, such as OptiMax and Ficht Fuel Injection, you will be able to make accurate repairs that meet emission control requirements. The novice mechanic should use this text in conjunction with a factory service manual. First, read the theory in this text that relates to the repairs to be made. Then, with the aid of the factory service manual for that outboard, make the repairs, applying the theory learned. This text makes following the technical repair procedures given in the service manual easier to understand because you will know what must take place in the outboard at the completion of repair. And this text will help clarify the reasons behind the technical instructions given by the outboard manufacturer.

Table of Contents



Safety: You Are In Charge.


 1. General Use and Maintenance of Outboard Motors.


 2. Two-Stroke and Four-Stroke Operation.

Section I: Two-Stroke Principles of Operation.

Section II: Four-Stroke Principles of Operation.

 3. Two-Stroke and Four-Stroke Powerhead.
Section I: Two-Stroke Powerhead.

Section II: Four-Stroke Powerhead.

 4. Electricity/Electronics for the Technician. 5. The Marine Battery. 6. Starter System. 7. Alternator Charging System. 8. Ignition Systems. 9. Fuel System Operation.10. Tune-Up.11. Midsection/Lower Unit.12. Trim and Tilt System.13. Propeller Performance.14. Boat Performance Problems.Appendix A. Rules of the Road.Appendix B. Trailer Lighting.WWW OB Manufacturers.Glossary.Index.