How to perform routine maintenance
I'm not a Yamaha tech. If anything serious occurs, it's going to the Yamaha dealer. But routine maintenance, oil change, filter, spark plugs, crankcase anodes, lower gear oil, water impeller, are all easily serviceable items. The work isn't hard, it saves money leaving more for gas. Plus, I can do the work around my schedule, not a shop's schedule.
Step 1 – Outboard
Step 2 – 300hp
Step 3 – F/LF300A (V6 4.2L) DEC. <-- Digital electronic control (electronic throttle).
Step 4 – F300UCA 0119 <-- January 2019
Step 4 will require that you know the manufacture date on your engine. My boat is a 2021 RT27-OB, the engine was new when I got the boat. Yet the F300 was manufactured in October 2019. You will need to look at your engine, starboard side, you'll find a sticker under the cowling that will have the mfg. date.
I look for F300UCA in the drop-down list at step 4. I see a F300UCA 0119 and a 0120. (January 2019, and January 2020). Since my motor was made in October 2019, I must select the 0119.
Yamaha has a decoder ring for their part numbers. F is four-stroke standard rotation. LF is left-hand rotation four stroke. 300 is HP. The U means 30” shaft (X would be 25”). This is the height of the lower unit. C means command link control (the Yamaha engine display in your boat). “A“ is the product generation. F300UCA.
I put together a full spreadsheet for routine maintenance, which includes the F300, T9.9 and F2.5 (dinghy motor).
Some important things to note with respect to the Yamaha service manual.
The head gaskets replacement, the service manual calls out for Threebond 1280B sealant. Yamabond 4 Marine is the Yamaha OEM substitute for Threebond 1280B. You’ll only need this to access 4 of the 8 crankcase anodes to replace around 300-500 hours.
Grease A and D are the same. Use Yamaha Marine Grease wherever the manual calls for either grease A or grease D.
Yamaha uses Yamalube Marine Gear Case Oil for most of their outboards. The F300, however, uses a special formula (Marine Gear Case Oil HD). The T9.9 kicker and F2.5 use the standard marine gear oil. The F300 uses the HD marine gear oil.
Other items to mention: the T9.9 kicker has no oil filter. There’s an oil strainer in the T9.9 that’s not serviceable per routine maintenance. The Kicker maintenance is lower gear oil, impeller, oil change, two spark plugs and one thermostat. There’s 1 anode in the T9.9 (cylinder head anode).
The correct service manual can be purchased directly from Yamaha Pubs. This is not the same as the owners guide.
F300 – LIT-18616-F2-25 (main engine)
T9.9 – LIT-18616-03-46 (kicker)
They don't print the manual until you order it.My objective around routine maintenance is to make it like a NASCAR pitstop. In and out quick, routine.
Starting out, the simplest approach is this.
Set up an account with Partsvu, so you can drop stuff in your "wish list", which makes reordering easier. For the 20 hour maintenance, you'll start with the 20hour maintenance kit for the Yamaha F300. It'll come with oil, filter, fuel filters, lower gear unit oil and the pump needed to install the lower gear oil.
The 20 hour service on the T9.9 kicker is to simply change the engine oil, change the lower gear unit oil. There’s no oil filter to change.
Yamaha F300 - Routine Maintenance Checklist
Every 100 hours
Oil and Filter (Engine) - Replace
Spark Plugs - Replace.
Fuel Filter - Replace filter on the front of the engine.
Fuel Filter - Replace filter In the cockpit center lazarette.
Thermostat (2) - Inspect/Replace if necessary.
Grease all steering zerk fittings.
Change lower unit gear lube oil with HD.
Transom Engine Anode - InspectReplace if 50% worn (qty 1).
Trim Tab Anodes - InspectReplace if 50% worn (qty 2).
Engine Trim Anode (skeg)- InspectReplace if 50% worn (qty 1).
Add Yamaha Ring Free treatment into gas tank(10:1 mixture).
Add Yamaha fuel treatment into gas tank(3:1 mixture).
Yamasheild Rust and Corrosion Protectant(spray all over engine).
Remove Propeller (inspect for fishing line wrapped around spline).
Water Impeller - Inspect/Replace if necessary.
Every 300 Hours
Perform the 100 hour maintenance.
Replace the complete water Impeller and housing
Every 500 Hours
The compete 100 hour maintenance which I do.
I have the Yamaha dealer do the 500 hour service.
Cylinder Head anodes (qty 8)
Cylinder Block Thermostat anodes (qty 2)
Oil cooler cover anode.
Exhaust guide anode.
Every 1000 hours
The complete 100 hour maintenance which I do.
I have the Yamaha dealer do the 1000 hour service.
Everything in the 500 hour maintenance above
Replace the timing belt.
Last Updated: 9/18/2023