The cars been returned (and a good car it was.. Hyundai i30.. awesome car.. if I ever wanted to own one again – I would consider one of those).. Its a Sunday and time to put a days travelling in, not only because I have a day to do so.. we have a fair amount of washing to get done, and running the engine whilst stationary to simply run the washing machine is not a good plan!
We were planning on moving yesterday, but it took a good 4 hours to get the 3 fuel filters, oil filter, air filter, engine and gearbox oil all swapped out and the systems bled to try to reduce the amount of smoke that were getting from the exhaust. It was a good job too.. as the primary fuel filter, that I only swapped a few months ago was all gunked up with black slime.. looks like the diesel bug is back again.. ffs! Which marina sold me contaminated crappy diesel – as I know its not been there before as I had it polished before the summer cruise!
Time to get a fuel polishing kit fitted to the boat I think.. so I can keep re-filtering the fuel as and when I need to..
Well.. I still have 5 spare fuel filters in stock so I will just have to change them more often until this clears.. At least the amount of smoke were getting has reduced a lot.. so yea.. the engine was not burning the fuel efficiently, or there was still trace amounts of water in the fuel – which replacing the fuel and air filters has helped to clear. I’m pretty sure that its not a head gasket issue.. as if it was oil in the exhaust, the fumes would be slimy to the touch (after putting your hand behind the exhaust), and there not.. and if it was water from the engine coolant, you would be able to taste the anti-freeze on your fingers.. which again I cant.. so I think were good – for now anyway 🙂
A quick pull in to top off the water tank and get rid of the rubbish, as with the washing machine going, there’s probably not a lot left in the tank, and its time to lose CCs bike.. its been on the roof of the boat for a year now, and has not been used.. reluctantly, CC agreed – so its next to the bins with it. You never know – someone may want it and it could get more use, as its still perfectly good, just a bit rusty in a few places..
We got to the bottom of the Atherstone flight of 11 locks.. and decided to call it a day. We’ll look at doing those later on this week, or at least a few, per day in the mornings whilst I can move the boat before putting a full day in at work.