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How to Mix Gas on a 5Hp Evinrude Boat Motor

by Will Charpentier
Small Evinrudes use a fuel and oil mix in the tank.

Small Evinrudes use a fuel and oil mix in the tank.

Mixing the fuel and oil for a 5-horsepower Evinrude outboard motor isn't an onerous task. A two-stroke 5-horsepower Evinrude motor, like all two-stroke motors, needs a mix of gas and oil in its gas tank, since it doesn't have a separate lubrication system. You know the capacity of the gas can you'll use to fuel the motor's gas tank and, with a little bit of arithmetic, you can figure out how much oil to add to the fuel.

Set the gas can on the ground at the fuel dock and fill it with the proper grade of gasoline, 87 octane. Evinrude asserts that no benefit is gained from using a fuel with a higher octane rating.

Fill the gas can. Note the number of gallons you put in the the container.

Divide the number of gallons by the mix ratio for the motor use. While a 5-horsepower motor is unlikely to be subjected to racing conditions, the racing mix is 25 parts gasoline to 1 part oil--a full 5-gallon container, 640 ounces, is properly mixed when you add 26 ounces of oil: 640/25=25.6, or 26 ounces. A similar mixture, 24 parts gasoline to 1 part oil, is required for two-stroke Evinrudes built between 1959 and 1963, a 20-to-1 mix is needed for older motors and a 50-to-1 mix for newer two-stroke motors, except those being broken in, which use a 25-to-1 mix, like a racing motor.

Add the appropriate amount of oil to the gasoline container. Cap the container and shake it vigorously to distribute the oil. Agitate the container again before pouring the oil into the boat's gas tank.

Items you will need

  • Approved gas can or gas tote.

Tip

  • One gallon is 128 ounces of gasoline. A 50-to-1 oil mixture equals 2.56 ounces per gallon.

Warning

  • Don't attempt to operate a two-stroke, 5-horsepower Evinrude motor without a gas-oil mix in the fuel tank.

About the Author

Will Charpentier is a writer who specializes in boating and maritime subjects. A retired ship captain, Charpentier holds a doctorate in applied ocean science and engineering. He is also a certified marine technician and the author of a popular text on writing local history.

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