Briggs & Stratton 800 Outboard Motor User Manual

Add Oil
Place engine level.
Clean the oil fill area of any debris.
See the Specifications section for oil capacity.
1. Remove the dipstick (G) and wipe with a clean cloth (Figure 2).
2. Pour the oil slowly into the engine oil fill (H). Do not overfill. After adding oil, wait
one minute and then check the oil level.
3. Install and tighten the dipstick.
4. Remove the dipstick and check the oil level. It should be at the top of the full indicator
(J) on the dipstick.
5. Install and tighten the dipstick.
How To Service The Air Filter - Figure
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Fuel and its vapors are extremely flammable and explosive.
Fire or explosion can cause severe burns or death.
Never start or run the engine with the air cleaner assembly (if equipped) or the
air filter (if equipped) removed.
NOTICE: Do not use pressurized air or solvents to clean the filter. Pressurized air can
damage the filter and solvents will dissolve the filter.
Two types of air filter systems are shown, a Standard and a High Capacity. Determine
the type installed on your engine and service as follows.
Standard Air Filter - Figure
The air cleaner system uses a foam element that can be washed and reused.
1. Movetheslidelock(A) to the unlock position. Open the cover (B). See Figure 12.
2. Remove the foam element (C).
3. Wash the foam element in liquid detergent and water. Squeeze dry the foam element
in a clean cloth.
4. Saturate the foam element with clean engine oil. To remove the excess engine oil,
squeeze the foam element in a clean cloth.
5. Install the foam element into the air filter base.
6. Close the cover and move the slide lock to the locked position.
High Capacity Air Filter - Figure
The air cleaner system uses a pleated filter with an optional pre-cleaner. The pre-cleaner
can be washed and reused.
1. Loosen the fastener (A) that holds the cover (B). Remove the cover. See Figure 13.
2. Remove the pre-cleaner (C) and the filter (D).
3. To loosen debris, gently tap the filter on a hard surface. If the filter is excessively
dirty, replace with a new filter.
4. Wash the pre-cleaner in liquid detergent and water. Then allow it to thoroughly air
dry. Do not oil the pre-cleaner.
5. Assemble the dry pre-cleaner to the filter.
6. Install the filter and pre-cleaner into the base (E). Make sure filter fits securely in the
7. Install air filter cover and secure with fastener. Make sure t he fastener is tight.
How To Replace The Fuel Filter - Figure
Fuel and its vapors are extremely flammable and explosive.
Fire or explosion can cause severe burns or death.
Keep fuel awayfrom sparks, open flames,pilot lights, heat, and otherignition
Check fuel lines, tank, cap, and fittings frequently for cracks or leaks.
Replace if necessary.
Before cleaning or replacing the fuel filter, drain the fuel tank or close the fuel
shut-off valve.
Replacement parts must be the same and installed in the same position as the
original parts.
If fuel spills, wait until it evaporates before starting engine.
1. Before replacing the fuel filter (A, Figure 14), if equipped, drain the fuel tank or close
the fuel shut-off valve, if equipped. Otherwise, fuel can leak out and cause a fire or
2. Use pliers to squeeze t abs (B) on the clamps (C), then slide the clamps away from
the fuel filter. Twist and pull the fuel lines (D) off of the fuel filter.
3. Check the fuel lines for cracks or leaks. Replace if necessary.
4. Replace the fuel filter with an original equipment replacement filter.
5. Secure the fuel lines with the clamps as shown.
How To Clean The Air Cooling System - Figure
Running engines produce heat. Engine parts, especially muffler,
become extremely hot.
Severe thermal burns can occur on contact.
Combustible debris, such as leaves, grass, brush, etc. can catch fire.
Allow muffler, engine cylinder and fins to cool before touching.
Remove accumulated debris from muffler area and cylinder area.
NOTICE: Do not use water to clean the engine. Water could contaminate the fuel
system. Use a brush or dry cloth to clean the engine.
This is an air cooled engine. Dirt or debris can restrict air flow and cause the engine to
overheat, resulting in poor performance and reduced engine life.
Use a brush or dry cloth to remove debris from the finger guard (A). Keep linkage,
springs and controls ( B) clean. Keep area around and behind the muffler (C) free of any
combustible debris (Figure 15).
Fuel and its vapors are extremely flammable and explosive.
Fire or explosion can cause severe burns or death.
When Storing Fuel Or Equipment With Fuel In Tank
Store away from furnaces, stoves, water heaters or other appliances that have
pilot lights or other ignition sources because they can ignite fuel vapors.
Fuel System
Fuel can become stale when stored over 30 days. Stale fuel causes acid and gum
deposits to form in the fuel system or on essential carburetor parts. To keep fuel fresh,
use Briggs & Stratton Advanced Formula Fuel Treatment & Stabilizer, available
wherever Briggs & Stratton genuine service parts are sold.
For engines equipped with a FRESH START
fuel cap, use Briggs & Stratton FRESH
available in a drip concentrate cartridge.
There is no need to drain gasoline from the engine if a fuel stabilizer is added according
to instructions. Run the engine for 2 minutes to circulate the stabilizer throughout the fuel
system before storage.
If gasoline in the engine has not been treated with a fuel stabilizer, it must be drained into
an approved container. Run the engine until it stops from lack of fuel. The use of a fuel
stabilizer in the storage container is recommended to maintain freshness.
Engine Oil
While the engine is still warm, change the engine oil. See the How T o Change The Oil
NOTICE: Store the engine level (normal operating position). If the engine is tipped for
storage, the f uel tank must be empty and the spark plug side must be up. If the fuel
tank is not empty and if the engine is tipped in any other direction, it may be difficult to
start due to oil or gasoline contaminating the air filter and/or the spark plug.
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