Outboard Motors are simple, yet amazing, machines that can make a casual cruise or a fishing trip go swimmingly. And like any machine, an Outboard Motor can break down and need to be fixed. But if you are the type of person that doesn’t like spending money for repair services and is a very hands-on person, an Outboard Repair Manual is a must read for you.
An Outboard Repair Manual is a simple and helpful book of instructions that have step by step guide, which can contain detailed diagrams to maintain, troubleshoot, or repair your own outboard.
An Outboard owner can get a manual in three main different forms:
- Product Manual
The Product Manual or an “Owner’s Manual” is a manual that comes with the Outboard that you purchased. A Product Manual is very specific, only containing information about the model of Outboard that you own. The manual can contain the specifications and installation details of the outboard and how to use and maintain the outboard effectively.
- Repair Manual
Repair Manuals are manuals tailored for professional repair men or any avid garage mechanics. Repair manuals are usually released by the company handling the outboard. The manual contains repair procedures, troubleshooting guides, step-by-step instructions, wiring schematics, spec charts, etc. that can help in diagnosing and repairing an outboard.
- “How-To” Manuals
How-To Manuals or How-To’s, are informal manuals that aim to guide a non-expert. It can range from installing an outboard on a boat to troubleshooting and repairing an outboard. How-To’s usually don’t include the nitty-gritty details to the expert and is overly simplified to be easy to digest and understand. In addition to this, How-To’s are not only limited to books and written manuals but can also appear as a video tutorial online or as an infographic.
So why should we bother with an outboard repair manual?
Some people would discard manuals and disregard them without knowing how incredibly important they are. Having an Outboard Repair Manual with you can guide you to use your outboard to the fullest, either through various optimizations or by generally extending its lifetime through proper maintenance.
With proper tools and a manual, you can repair your own outboard, not only saving money for repairs but also feel a sense of accomplishment while learning a life skill along the way.
An outboard repair manual can offer more than just instructions for repairs.
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