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Suzuki Outboards Break-in Procedure

Engine Break-In

The first 10 hours are critically important to ensure correct running of either a brand new motor or a motor that has been reconditioned or rebuilt. How the motor is operated during this time will have direct bearing on its life span and long-term durability.

Break-in period: 10 hours 

Warm-up recommendation


Allow sufficient idling time (more than 5 minutes) for the engine to warm up after cold start

Throttle recommendation


First 2 hours:

For 15 minutes, operate the engine in-gear at idling speed.

During the remaining 1 hour and 45 minutes, operate the engine in-gear at less than 1/2 (half) throttle (3000 RPMs)


The throttle may be briefly opened beyond the recommended setting to plane the boat, but must be reduced to the recommended  setting immediately after planing.


Next 1 hour:

Operate the engine in-gear at less than 3/4 (three-quarter) throttle (4000RPMs) 


Last 7 hours:

Operate the engine in-gear at the desired engine speed. 

However, do not operate continuously at full throttle for more than 5 minutes. 

Suzuki Outboards Warranty

Suzuki Warranty

Suzuki Marine USA, LLC has introduced a new 5-Year Limited Warranty on all of its new outboard motors, from the ultra-compact 2.5HP portable to its flagship DF350A. This significantly longer coverage (Suzuki’s previous standard Limited Warranty was three years) applies to all motors purchased for pleasure use and warranty registered on or after April 1, 2021.

To qualify, motors must be purchased new from an authorized Suzuki Marine USA dealer in the continental United States, Alaska or the Bahamas. Motors purchased for governmental agency or commercial/rental fleet use are covered by a separate warranty that remains the same as in the past.

“Suzuki 4-stroke outboards have long had a reputation for performance and rugged durability over the long run,” said Suzuki Marine USA Vice President George “Gus” Blakely. “We’re excited to now be offering customers even more confidence and peace of mind, by covering their new motors for 60 months from the time of purchase. We are moving into the 2021 boating season with a new company and new headquarters in Tampa, Florida, a growing product line up and now, one of the strongest standard warranties in the business. This is exciting news for our company and our customers alike,” added Blakely.

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