How to keep your Two-Stroke Engine Healthy
It’s been another nice warm summer and you have spent many weekends on the lake with your baby. Not only is your boat a toy, your pride and joy, your recreation and your home on the water, your boat is a significant investment. When you potentially put tens of thousands of dollars into your watercraft and possibly many thousands more on the perfect engine to go along with it, it becomes possibly the second or third largest investment in your life – behind your house and maybe the car.
With such an investment in the water, you want to make sure that you take great care of it so it will last for years to come. A large part of proper boat maintenance is winterizing. Your boat will be off the water for four to six months – depending in the part of the country you live in – to ensure that everything is in top shape with your engine next spring, here are a few suggestions to consider.
Just as your baby’s digestive system is very different from yours, your boat engine is very different from the engine in your car. That means you need to need to feed it differently. With winterization, you will definitely want to change the oil for storage and that means Yamalube 2M for your two-stroke motor.
Why Yamalube 2M? Well, for starters, if you are running a Yamaha engine you will want to have the product that is specifically engineered for to match your motor. Your boat engine works harder than the engine in your car, Yamalube 2M contains special anti-wear additives to ensure your engine can work harder and battle the additional friction experienced on the water.
Your outboard engine does not shift gears like your car so, rather than running at a comfortable range of 2,000 – 3,000 RPMs at cruising speeds your outboard will run closer to 5,000 or 6,000 RPMs. Of course, higher RPMs means more friction and more friction is tougher on your oil. Yamalube 2M contains shear-stable polymers that resist the breakdown of molecules to provides better lubrication, protecting your engine.
Your outboard uses the water you are boating in to cool the engine and this is typically a lot colder than the coolant you use in your vehicle. With the combination of dispersants, detergents, and viscosity boosters, Yamalube protects your engine from the lower temperature cooling.
If you are boating off the coast, another consideration is that saltwater tends to crystallize when heated to over 170 degrees Fahrenheit. This can cause blockages in the cooling system leading to overheating and a host of problems that go along with that. Being on the water, the additional humidity in the air – particularly on salt water – can cause corrosion in your combustion chambers, leading to more issues. Yamalube’s anti-corrosion properties protect your engine against the scourge of saltwater corrosion.
Although no-name brand and discount brands of two-stroke motor oil are tempting when you are looking to stretch your budget, the consequences of such a decision can be devastating. You can find cheap marine oil that is still name brand. Repair bills of several thousand dollars or even the replacement of your two-stroke at many thousands dwarf the potential savings of a few dollars at the cash register. In addition to the potential damage outlined above, cheap oils tend to smoke more, run dirtier and necessitates more describing. It is well worth a few extra dollars to save thousands in the long run.