The break in process of an engine may vary slightly by manufacturer, be sure to reference the owners manual for your new motor before you put your boat in the water and begin the process.
Before you start, check the process outlined by Suzuki Marine in their owners manual and remove the cowl from the motor and spend some time going over everything. Do not only familiarize yourself with the motor but check fluids, wires and hoses to make sure there wasn’t any loose connections.
You should always double check and make sure no issues had developed in the process and that nothing had come loose.
If you’ve got an issue to address it’s much easier to fix it on land with a full set of tools than floating around on the lake or river.
You can now proceed with Suzuki Outboards break in process as outlined in the owners manual.
Again, most manufacturers processes will be very similar but make sure you refer to the owners manual for your own motor.
The “break in” process for the Suzuki DF200 Four Stroke Outboard is outlined below:
For the initial 2 hours:
For the next 1 hour:
Remaining 7 hours:
Put about four hours of time on the motor towards the break in process before you head back home. When you pull the boat from the water, do another quick “once over” of the outboard connections and fluids before you head out just to triple check any issues.
During the process, spending time on the water learning the boat and breaking it in, focus on some other items as well including: