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Outboard Motor Repair in Dallas

How to find the best outboard motor repair shop in Dallas

In the heart of Texas, landlocked and 270 miles away from the ocean, Dallas is still home to plenty of boating excursions. Grapevine, Lewisville, and Lavon Lake ring the outer city and provide the most common and convenient boating experiences. The majority of the boat repair shops are in this northeastern ring of Dallas, but many more are over in Fort Worth as well. The difficulty and importance lies in finding the right repair shop, best suited to your needs. Here are some tips to help you in your search:

  • Do your research. Explore your options and look at a wide variety of repair shops before you decide where to take your business. Mariner Exchange is a great place to start, allowing you to look at the top rated shops in your area as well as customer reviews.

  • Look far and wide. Don’t just go to your nearest shop. Easiest rarely equals best, don’t be afraid to drive a little further or look a little harder to find the right repair shop.

  • Consider the make of your outboard motor. Whether you have a Honda, Yamaha, or Mercury, different repair shops will be better suited to handle your engine. You can look at reviews, talk to other boaters, and even call your manufacturer to get recommendations for shops in your area.

How to save money on outboard motor repairs

Outboard motor repairs can often run you a steep price, depending on the service you need. To keep your expenses down, it’s important to take care of your engine, as well as know a few tricks.

  • Never go for the cheapest price. While it may seem counterintuitive, spending a little more money on your repairs will save you money in the long run. Often, the cheapest rates come with the poorest quality work and you will end up back in the shop to fix whatever the mechanic missed or messed up.

  • Purchase your own parts. If you need to replace parts, it's always best to try and find them yourself and bring them to the mechanic. A repair shop will usually charge you extra to purchase the parts for you. However, if you have an older engine it may be difficult to find the right parts and it’s best to upgrade to a new engine before too long.

  • Talk to your mechanic. Ask him what the issue was, how he fixed it, and how to prevent it in the future.

Maintenance tips:

  • Flush your engine regularly. This will help you avoid clogging and corrosion.

  • Use fresh fuel. Always refuel before going out and flush out extra fuel before storing your boat for any long period of time.

  • Lubricate. Lubricate all moving parts to keep your engine running smoothly.

  • Clean fuel lines and air filters. You want to make sure that fuel and air is running easily into your engine with no blockage or leaks.