Your Honda Marine engine is designed and manufactured to precise specifications to ensure years of trouble-free operation. This includes the fuel system. However, the properties of gasoline can quickly lead to stale fuel causing starting or running problems and, in some cases, damage to the fuel system if precautions are not followed. Note that this type of damage is not covered by the Distributor’s Limited Warranty.The good news is most fuel-related problems can be avoided by following a few simple steps.
1. Do not use gasoline containing more than 10% ethanol in your Honda outboard motor.
2. If it may take more than 30 days to consume the fuel in the fuel tank, we suggest adding a fuel stabilizer to the fuel each time you fill the tank. Portable fuel tank: Close the vent when not in use and store the fuel tank away from direct sunlight. Inboard fuel tank: We recommend adding a fuel stabilizer following the manufacturer’s instruction each time you fill your boat’s fuel tanks.
3. When you’re finished using your outboard, fill the fuel tank to minimize air in the tank. If you do not intend to use your outboard for 30 days or more, add fuel stabilizer when you fill the fuel tank. Start the engine (in water) and allow it to run until the stabilizer/fuel mixture fills the vapor separator (about 10 minutes). Turn the engine OFF and disconnect the fuel line (portable fuel tanks). Note: If you normally use a fuel stabilizer when filling your fuel tank, stabilized fuel will already be in the vapor separator.
4. Additionally, we recommend installing a primary fuel/water separator in your boat when the boat has inboard fuel tank(s). This filter is located between the fuel tank(s) and the motor. A primary fuel/water separator provides additional capacity to remove water and contaminants before reaching the motor’s filter.
Refer to your owner’s manual for additional information. If you do not have an owner’s manual, you can download the manual from the Honda Marine website at Honda Website > Owner’s Resources > Owner’s Manuels.