Posts Tagged ‘fuel’

Fuel Injector Maintenance & Why it’s Important

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

The idea behind maintaining your fuel injection system is pretty much a no-brainer; it keeps your engine reliable and ensures proper performance. Gunk builds up in your injectors from the process of cooling your engine. As the engine runs, the injectors are kept cool by the fuel running through them. When the engine is turned off, the temperature rises and the heat soaks the fuel injectors. This breaks the fuel down into gum and varnish. Whenever your engine is shut off there is plenty of opportunity for layers of gum and varnish to harden deeply inside and outside the tip of the fuel injector. Seeing as boats are stored for long periods of time and run for shorter periods of time (not to mention the winter months when the engine is not started at all), you can see where the problem comes in.

Sure, you can add chemicals into your fuel to stabilize or clean your injectors, but they cannot clean away those layers and layers of fuel deposits. Before you know it, your fuel injector is clogged and dirty and has left your once smooth-running boat without power while you’re trying to enjoy your weekend off. Not to mention the cost associated with engine repairs for these issues.

Bottom line is: Cleaning fuel injectors ensures proper engine performance and can guard against costly repairs. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

But you know, Sierra always has you covered…

Did you know that Sierra has an all-in-one fuel injection cleaning kit? We make it super easy to maintain your fuel injection system!

The E-GO! Fuel Injection Cleaning kit (pictured below) contains: Cleaning System container, hose, small fitting, large fitting, and carrying case.

For: Mercury, Honda, and Yamaha

  • Cleans away layers of fuel deposits when the engine is running.
  • Helps maintain the injector’s cleanliness and performance throughout the life of your engine.
  • For best results, use 18-8606 E-GO! Blast Fuel Injector Cleaner.


ECOTIP #2: Preventing and Cleaning Spills

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017


Picture this, you’re enjoying your day out on the water when you see a rainbow looking film on the water. You think, “Oh no! Is that from me?”. Day ruined. 

Take a look at some tips that we’ve found from our friends at so there is no worries next time you’re out and about!


  1. Spill-proof your oil changes: Use an oil change pump to transfer oil to a spill-proof container. Wrap an absorbent pad around the oil filter to prevent oil from spilling into the bilge
  2. Fueling up: Prevent fuel spills by filling fuel tanks slowly and use absorbent pads or reusable rags to catch drips or clean up spills. Don’t “top off” your tank, remember fuel expands as it gets warm, so leave about 10% empty.
  3. CLEAN IT UP: Never use soap to disperse fuel and oil spills. Not only is it harmful to the environment, it is also illegal.
  4. Maintenance on land: Try (as much as possible) to do all maintenance projects in the boatyard instead of on the water. If you do have to do maintenance on the water, use tarps and vacuum sanders to collect all debris for proper disposal.
  5. “Stow it, don’t throw it!”: Keep your trash on board! Never throw any type of garbage into the ocean and take advantage of shore-side facilities to recycle plastic, glass, metal, and paper. Sometimes, the wind picks up and blows out trash you were trying to keep on board. Try this cool trick to wind-proof your trash can. (Adapt the instructions for your particular size of trash can.)

Do you do any of these? Let us know! If you’d like to check out more tips, click here.