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Old 08-21-2019, 07:16 AM   #1
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New to working on boat engines and wondering where folks in Portland get things like marine grade oil, spark plugs, etc.

I know West Marine on Jantzen Beach has this stuff but wondering if there are any other options.

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Old 08-21-2019, 07:49 AM   #2
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As discussed before, what is marine grade oil? Get the oil at Bi Mart, Fred Meyers or where ever it is on sale. Just get the correct weight with the right API rating. Spark plugs at the parts store. Do a search on this lots of info.
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Amazon for engine oil, oil and fuel filters, gaskets. Bi-Mart haw lower unit oil and hand pump for cheap. O'Reilly for spark plugs. Sportsmans Warehouse for bearing grease. Once you know the part numbers you can buy anywhere.
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Don't buy OE oil filers either. They are way expensive, buy automotive brands.
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Thanks. That definitely answers some of my questions.
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Old 08-21-2019, 04:24 PM   #6
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You talking outboard or inboard? I'm assuming it's an inboard 'cuz you said "engine".

I spent half my adult life selling parts, so I'm pretty good at cross-referencing and outsmarting the OEM guys. e.g. I needed an intake manifold gasket for my Mercruiser, and they wanted $85 for it. It was metal, unlike the automotive ones. Couldn't find one on the aftermarket. So I did some playing around with the Mercruiser part # and found a GM number. Sure enough, there it was, for less than $30 at a GM dealer. Yee haa!


Most inboard parts are the same as automotive, except for the USCG approved stuff and things like exhaust gaskets and cooling systems. I can usually find everything I need on Amazon. I live in a small town and there isn't a lot available locally unless it's really common.

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Once you know the part numbers you can buy anywhere.
Good advice. Save your part numbers, especially for things you need repeatedly. Eliminates confusion and saves a lot of time researching crap.
And I wouldn't buy anything at West Marine unless money is no object.
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And I wouldn't buy anything at West Marine unless money is no object.
Exactly! BTW. I'm talking outboard, 50-HP Honda BF50A LRT. New to boat ownership / maintenance and want to give the motor some love.


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Old 08-22-2019, 02:34 PM   #8
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there isnt much you can do that isnt feel good. change the oil once in awhile and the lower end fluid and use the motor. it will let you know if it needs something else.


gas issues are the biggest cause of worry. you must change your rubber lines before they get hard or start getting bad or they will send rubber into your jets. every 3 to 5 years.


never let gas sit more than a couple months unless you have used stabil gas stabilizer. and try to use non e gas especially if its an older motor.
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Also you can get the factory service manual (FSM) on ebay for cheap. Mine was useful for changing the impeller. Mercury sells the FSMs by motor serial number. Not sure how Honda does it.
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Exactly! BTW. I'm talking outboard, 50-HP Honda BF50A LRT. New to boat ownership / maintenance and want to give the motor some love.


Thanks again all!
This is a used motor so if it is more than 3 years old be sure to replace the water pump impeller. Even if it looks OK the rubber hardens over time and eventually could start breaking up and clogging the cooling. I'm guessing but that size motor probably takes the same oil filter Honda cars take and you can get those on the internet cheaper. My 115hp Honda uses the same filter as my Honda Pilot.
One other thing on Honda motors. Every 50 to 100 hours it is a good idea to adjust the valve lifters. An easy job is you have any mechanical experience. You can look up the settings on line. I'm not familiar with that model but there may also be some cam belt tension adjustments to make every 100 hours.
Besides adding Stable Marine to the fuel as mentioned above I also like to add Seafoam because it helps reduce any carbon build up in the engine and keeps the fuel system cleaner. If it is fuel injected do NOT run the fuel system dry as some people do at the end of a trip with carbs. It can damage the injectors.
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Old 09-18-2019, 06:51 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the advice on this. Just to close it out I’ll summarize what I did/found:

- Fisherman’s for oil filter and marine oil (on sale)
- Clemen’s Marine for fuel filter, replacement carb screw, and spark plugs.
- Oreillys for Seafoam.

I ran some concentrated seafoam then, did the maintenance on it, cleaned spiders out of the water discharge, and adjusted the carbs. The motor is running much better now. Still feel like I need to balance the carbs more though. I’ll check the valve settings too.

Anybody have a vacuum gauge set I could use in Portland?
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