Most of us have been to discount stores and automotive stores and have been tempted to buy their outboard motor oil to use in your boat engine. The price is cheaper than the OEM boat engine oil so we often get the question: “Can I safely use the aftermarket or generic motor oil in my outboard motor?”
Our answer: You get what you pay for.
The manufacturers of the generic oils will tell you that their oils are safe of your 2 or 4 stroke outboard motor. While this may be true but is it the best oil for your outboard?
To achieve a low price point, many of the budget lubricants use cut rate ingredients. They have also manufactured this oil to work with a chain saw, weed eater, lawn mower, car and more. By covering many different motor types, the choice additives needed for your specific motor are lacking. Genuine Evinrude/Johnson and Mercury lubricants are blended with the highest quality base stock with additive packages. Engineers have manufactured the oil with choice of ingredients driven by the demands of the 2-cycle or 4-cycle outboard engine. These additives prevent corrosion, reduce foaming and keep your engine properly lubricated.
Our recommendation is to always choose genuine brand name boat motor oil specifically manufactured for your engine for optimum performance. A few extra dollars now could prevent huge repair bills later.
You can pick up genuine Mercury Oil or Evinrude Outboard Oil, lubes and boat parts at our store anytime. Bring in your refillable container and we will sell you bulk oil at a discount.
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