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Re: Maintaining an outboard
I have a 6HP Tohatsu 4 stroke, same engine, I think. Sounds like you have it covered. The fuel filter is clear so you can see if anything large may be plugging it up. I carry a pint container in case I have any problem with the tank, hose or fittings.
If you feed it a spark plug once in a while, change the oil when it starts looking dark, it should run well for a long time. To avoid being sprayed with gas when disconnecting the fuel line at either end, loosen the filler cap to bleed off the pressure that builds up in the tank. The cap vent only vents inward until about 5 or more pounds accumulate.
Suggest you drain the carb if it isn't going to be used in a few days.