How Much Does an Outboard Motor Rebuild Cost?
An outboard motor refers to the motor of a boat that is attached to the back of the boat rather than being built-in like an inboard motor. Just like cars, boats also need to be tuned up or even have certain parts replaced or rebuilt to make sure that they stay in tip top shape. An outboard motor also needs to be rebuilt at times. An outboard rebuild usually requires certain portions to be replaced, particularly, those parts that no longer work, or have everything else replaced. Either way, an outboard motor rebuild can bring you a lot of benefits. The motor will run more smoothly, will be more fuel efficient, and will be quieter.
How much does it cost?
- The cost of an outboard motor rebuild depends on several factors. For instance, the state or region, condition of the outboard motor and its parts, size, degree of damage, and the skill and experience of the mechanic or professional doing it may have an impact on the cost. Depending on the exact type of motor, be prepared to pay a professional mechanic anywhere from $2,000 to as much as $5,000 for outboard motor rebuild.
- However, for those who do the job on their own, the costs should be around $800 to $2,000. Again, it will depend on the horsepower, type of motor, etc.
- According to Continuouswave.com, the cost of an outboard motor rebuild runs around $3,000 or so for a replacement of a powerhead.
- On the other hand, according to Outboardandmarineengine.com, an outboard motor rebuild runs around $1,200 to $4,000 for larger outboards.
What is going to be included?
- Before a motor is rebuilt, a qualified mechanic will tear it apart and visually inspect it to see exactly what is needed. During this inspection, he will be able to determine the cause of failure. Common failures include overheating, lack of lubrication, or detonation. After the inspection, the powerhead will be disassembled and the heads, exhaust pipes, end caps, crankshafts, etc., will be soaked with a chemical wash and cleaned. Once cleaned, a second inspection will be needed. After a clean, the cylinders will be bored, honed or sleeved depending on the situation.
- An outboard motor rebuild includes replacing the cooling system components such as the water pump and thermostats. It also includes rebuilding the carb or fuel pump, re-jetting for ethanol, and then tuning the engine.
- Mechanics also include a follow-up and a little “outboard education” on clients.
- The cost of an outboard motor rebuild may include the cost of the materials or parts used, the process of “rebuilding” the outboard motor itself, and labor.
- Depending on where the part was purchased, a limited warranty may be included in the new rebuilt motor. This will usually last no longer than 6 months and will ensure that the motor was properly rebuilt after being cleaned and repaired.
What are the extra costs?
- You might incur extra costs to cover the parts ordered online or from other states or countries. This may include the handling, packaging, shipping, or delivery costs. Just ask the store or seller regarding the terms and conditions involved.
- Maintenance and repair of your outboard motor may also require additional costs later on.
- If you want a new mount for your outboard motor, this can be done for an extra charge.
Tips to know
- You can get price quotations for an outboard motor rebuild by asking around or checking online sources for information. Once you have gathered the price quotations, you can make a comparison of costs versus the services. This can help you choose the best option. You may find that a complete rebuild is not necessary, but rather, the cylinders may have to be replaced. Most companies are more than happy to provide you with a free quote.
- Ask around for advice from friends or colleagues who have tried an outboard motor rebuilt so that you will know what to expect later on.
- Like a car repair, you will need to determine if the price you are paying is worth a rebuild. If the motor is only worth $3000 and the rebuild costs $2000, you may be better off just purchasing a new motor. This will usually get you a warranty of up to 5 years.
How can I save money?
- Hire a reputable and skilled mechanic or professional to do the outboard motor rebuild for you. This way, you will be assured of the quality of work done and at the same time save money on expenses involving maintenance and repairs of your outboard motor.
- Get some tips on how to properly use your outboard motor. Make sure that you know how to maintain and take good care of it. Have your outboard motor regularly checked and tuned up to ensure that it stays in good condition.
- Highly consider purchasing new rather than a rebuild. While a newer motor may cost more, you are going to get it straight from the assembly line and not from a mechanic that may or may not know what he is doing.