Saturday, April 02, 2005

Engine Maintenance

I spent much of today playing with ‘Bumper’s’ Bukh 10 diesel engine. It’s a jolly good one, although it’s 23 years old.

I replaced the lubricating oil filter, the zinc rod to stop internal corrosion, the impeller which pumps cooling water to the engine and the fuel filter. I checked some other things and placed new oil in the engine.

Next time I visit the boat I’ll have a go at bleeding the fuel system before attempting to start the engine. Because the boat has not yet been launched, the cooling water will be taken from a bucket which I’ll refill as necessary.

After the stern gland has been repacked with wadding I’ll replenish its lubricating grease.

I hope there will be no problem starting the engine.

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