One of the easiest maintenance procedures that you can perform yourself is greasing your outboard engine. This process takes about 10-15 minutes and includes pulling your propeller and greasing the shaft while allowing you to check for fishing line or any type of foreign debris that could be wrapped around the propeller shaft.

I start with a great quality grease and grease gun. There are numerous quality brands of grease on the market to choose from with my personal favorite being Amsoil synthetic water resistant grease which I’ve been using for years with outstanding results. You can also simply purchase your engine manufacturer’s brand of grease.

There are several grease points on the exterior your engine that are easily seen when the engine is tilted up and down. The grease fittings are located on the tilt arm and center steering shaft. You may also have a grease fitting or two under your cowling as each engine manufacturer is a little different. You should refer to your owner’s manual for specific locations. Here is a picture of what a grease fitting/zerk looks like.


When greasing your outboard engine simple wipe the fitting to remove any old grease or debris and attach the grease gun hose over the fitting firmly until it snaps in place. Once the grease hose is attached pump the gun several times until you see a little grease squeeze out of the area you are lubing. You can wipe any excess grease with a rag or paper towel that might drip. Repeat this procedure on all grease fitting and you’re all done and ready for a new season it’s that simple.

I’ve attached a brief video of greasing my Yamaha F150 to show you how easy it is to Do it yourself. Please watch here: Greasing your outboard.