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Proper break in procedure for Yamaha 250 SHO #13412740 01/22/20 04:45 PM
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For a new Yamaha 250 SHO, what is the true/proper break in? I am asking because after reading many different articles and posts online, it seems there isn't anything definitive. Quite a few people that have owned multiple Yamaha 250 SHO's have said that if you break it in per the Yamaha procedure you actually will "make" oil. I see where some say it is a 4 hour break in, while others say 2 hours. Some say run it like you stole it from the start and some say to push water for a while, all are geared towards properly seating the rings.

Below is a post I found where many agreed this is correct, but I wanted to get further opinions from those on here who have had success and no issues with their motor after break in.

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Re: Proper break in procedure for Yamaha 250 SHO [Re: JC Skeeter] #13412767 01/22/20 05:01 PM
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My advice is if you do not want to follow owner's manual then ask the service department at your dealer. Those guys will know more accurate.info than most anyone.

Re: Proper break in procedure for Yamaha 250 SHO [Re: JC Skeeter] #13412790 01/22/20 05:26 PM
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2018 VF250LA Owners Manual.

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Re: Proper break in procedure for Yamaha 250 SHO [Re: JC Skeeter] #13412805 01/22/20 05:39 PM
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10 hours, follow the manual! Be sure to change the oil when it says immediately after break-in.

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Re: Proper break in procedure for Yamaha 250 SHO [Re: JC Skeeter] #13412841 01/22/20 06:03 PM
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I follow hour 1
I follow hour 2
After that......I drive it like I stole it! On my 4th SHO, and not 1 problem yet!

Re: Proper break in procedure for Yamaha 250 SHO [Re: JC Skeeter] #13413193 01/22/20 09:57 PM
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If you follow their procedures ( they can tell btw) and it has problems you should be covered. Not sure what they would say when you say the tff/bbc technicians said to do this and that.

Re: Proper break in procedure for Yamaha 250 SHO [Re: JC Skeeter] #13413237 01/22/20 10:30 PM
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I would simply call the dealer you use and ask them what the proper break in procedure is for your motor.


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Re: Proper break in procedure for Yamaha 250 SHO [Re: JC Skeeter] #13413349 01/23/20 12:19 AM
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How many folks did the 20hr service? I haven't. I was told the first oil change can be at 50 hrs. I have 22 now.


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Re: Proper break in procedure for Yamaha 250 SHO [Re: Okie Poke] #13413351 01/23/20 12:21 AM
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How many folks did the 20hr service? I haven't. I was told the first oil change can be at 50 hrs. I have 22 now.

You can change it yourself. Takes about 15minutes.


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Re: Proper break in procedure for Yamaha 250 SHO [Re: SteezMacQueen] #13413389 01/23/20 12:54 AM
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How many folks did the 20hr service? I haven't. I was told the first oil change can be at 50 hrs. I have 22 now.

You can change it yourself. Takes about 15minutes.



I'm too busy shoveling manure to have time to mess with some Yamalube Oil.


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Re: Proper break in procedure for Yamaha 250 SHO [Re: JC Skeeter] #13413472 01/23/20 01:59 AM
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After my re-build; I had the first two done. Then I bought the pump and did it myself. Only thing I am missing is a larger vessel for the used oil. I poured back into the bottles and tried to keep from spilling...


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Re: Proper break in procedure for Yamaha 250 SHO [Re: JC Skeeter] #13413535 01/23/20 03:27 AM
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The dealer I bought mine from said the one hour just plowing water the 2nd hour on plane varring the rpm, after that run it wide open throttle not over 5 minutes at a time. At 20 hours change the oil as the break in oil is mineral oil. Change the oil but not the filter the first changing. When I get 20 hours on it I plan to take it back to them to change and read the computer to let them know I followed the Yamaha instructions. I do not want to mess up that 6 year warranty


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Re: Proper break in procedure for Yamaha 250 SHO [Re: T Bird] #13413636 01/23/20 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by T Bird
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This.....

Go to their website and download a manual for free. Keep in mind all the new motors have an ECU that records hours & minutes of run time at any given RPM range. Not sure why this subject comes up so frequently. Read the manual and do what they say. Don't rely on all the armchair mechanics telling you their opinion. If you run the motor WOT for too long during the break in procedure and burn a piston they will deny the warranty. It is pretty simple.

I know of one guy that bought a Merc 300X for a CC boat and it them threw a rod. When the dealer hooked up a laptop to the motor's ECU it showed where the motor had been run at 6,400 rpms in the first 20 mins of operation. They denied his warranty and the guy had to buy a new powerhead.

Break in on the new SHO's is very simple. It just takes a little discipline.

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Re: Proper break in procedure for Yamaha 250 SHO [Re: JC Skeeter] #13413732 01/23/20 01:48 PM
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Do most dealers not go over this stuff when they sell these motors? Seems like this question gets posted here a bunch. When I bought mine they had the service manager come over and explain break in and even gave me a copy of the owners manual page with the break in procedure. I guess they were the exception to the rule. Doesn't seem like to much to ask on a $20,000+ motor.

Re: Proper break in procedure for Yamaha 250 SHO [Re: Tx Tree Grower] #13413783 01/23/20 02:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Tx Tree Grower
Do most dealers not go over this stuff when they sell these motors? Seems like this question gets posted here a bunch. When I bought mine they had the service manager come over and explain break in and even gave me a copy of the owners manual page with the break in procedure. I guess they were the exception to the rule. Doesn't seem like to much to ask on a $20,000+ motor.



They should offer to go to the lake with you and go over every aspect of the boat INCLUDING break-in procedure but this rarely happens.

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