Were moving on tomorrow – but before then, the engine has been asking for a service for a while now, so as the rain has moved off, we should have a day where we can get this done..
Yesterday, CC re-packed the stern greaser – so that’s already one job off the list.
Celeste!.. Can you crack on and do the engine service please.. Oil and all filters.. 😀 OK! 🙂
Step 1.. Check we have everything.. Air filter.. Oil Filter.. Primary, Secondary and Engine Fuel Filters.. Oil.. O-Rings.. Seals.. Mucky Rag.. & Mop and Bucket!
Step 2.. Mop out the bilge. We always clean out the engine room floor before doing this – how easy it is to drop something in the gunk and either lose it or can’t use it anymore!
( She doesn’t object to doing this honest.. the frown is because she saw me with the camera! )
Step 3 : Replace the air filter. Unclip the housing, pull out the old one.. insert the new.. clip the cover back on. CC did this so fast I could get the camera ready in time! 😀
Step 4 : Turn off the fuel taps.. then.. Replace the primary fuel filter.. Once stripped out – clean everything. ( And yes.. the diesel bug refuses to go away – but at least it’s not as bad as it was)
Once its all clean.. replace the O-Rings (after putting a bit of diesel on the new rubber) and fasten everything back up..
Step 4A: Fish the dog out of the engine room! After Bella ran up the stairs to sit on the sterm watching the work go past – not knowing the engine room covers were off.. and disappeared into the engine room like Wile E Coyote going over a cliff!! 😀 😀
Check she’s OK.. and is now no longer wanting to go anywhere near those stairs..
Step 5 : Repeat with the secondary fuel filter.. ( same process as the first – as there the same filters! )
Step 6 : Replace the Engine Filter. This one is a screw on – so no spanners needed for this! But we did need the filter wrench as if refused to budge! ( Also didn’t get a photo.. Its the white one shown above! )
Step 6A : Fish the cat out of the engine room! Anyone else want to help out today! 😀
Step 7 : Turn the fuel taps back on and bleed all the air out. For the primary and the secondary, there is a bleed bolt/screw. For the engine filter, we need to let the fuel pump, “self primers” and the return pipe back to the tank deal with it.
Step 8 : Run the engine for 10 minutes. A) We know the fuel system is OK.. B) Warm the oil up so its easier to swap out!
Step 9: Pump out the old engine oil into an old container (In this case, an old M10 Methanol bottle used wth the fuel cell!)
Step 10 : Replace the oil filter.. I’m doing this so I’m responsible for the mess it will create! Poxy side mounted oil filters with no room under it for a drip tray!
Step 11 : Put fresh oil in and check the oil level. Run the engine for 30 seconds (to fill the new oil filter).. Stop the engine and check the level again – then top up again.
Run and test – Much better. The smoke we were getting from the exhaust has reduced drastically and the oil pressure readings are much healthier now.
Now were all set to move on tomorrow!
Good job CC!