The Dos and Don'ts for Storage Season

October 2020 Feature

The Fall season is here, which means it is time to start thinking about how you are going to put your boat engine to bed for the winter. This can be a daunting task, which is why STA-BIL, America’s #1 selling brand of fuel stabilizer and ethanol treatments, has done all the research for you and has compiled the most common mistakes made (and how to avoid them!) when approaching engine storage. Check them below:

  • Don’t be a Dirty Birdie – The proper way to clean your boat or engine is by getting inside and out to make sure any residue that accumulated during the summer get rinsed off.

  • Don’t Leave the Lights On – Remove your boat's battery and make sure it has a trickle charge so that it doesn’t die or develop and corrosion over the winter.

  • Don’t be a Sludge – It’s important to change the oil prior to storage with the oil recommended in your owner’s manual. Old oil contains moisture and acids that will harm engine parts. Before changing the oil, run the engine to warm the oil, as more old oil and contaminants will come off.

  • Draining your Fuel Tank– Fuel left in a tank can deteriorate in as little as 30 days causing build-up in engines resulting in poor performance and reduced engine life so some owners drain their fuel which is dangerous both for your engine and for you! Instead, fill your gas tank until it’s 95% full with fresh fuel and then add STA-BIL Storage Fuel Stabilizer. Once added, run the engine for a few minutes to ensure the treated gas is dispersed.

  • Don't Exposed it to the Elements – Make sure to store your boat in a dry place and cover it to help keep dust at bay rather than just leaving it out and exposed.

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