Posted by Scot
|Engine maintenance by the book. Literally right by the book.|
One of the things near the top of the to do list is our routine engine maintenance. Both our diesels and our generator are getting close to being due for oil and oil filter changes, so we figured we would just get them all done together. While we were at it, we figured we would do all the other standard maintenance that a diesel engine needs periodically. This includes cleaning the sea water strainers and the pre-fuel filters, changing the primary fuel filter, and checking and changing the impellers.
|One of the great things we got when we bought this boat - lots of spares.|
|Still not a lot of room in the engine compartment. Alexander stood by to reach in and lend a hand when he could.|
|Sara sanding off the old impeller housing gasket.|
Fortunately for us, with good internet access there is pretty much nothing you can’t learn. After a quick google search, we found an awesome video of a guy servicing his Volvo engines. Between watching that a few times, and reading the owner’s manual many times, we were ready to give it a shot.
|That hose was right in the way of getting the fuel filter out. Managed it with a few contortions (of both the hose and my wrist).|
|Lubing up a new impeller|
|Handy dandy oil extractor actually made changing the oil the easiest job of the bunch. We should have gotten a slightly bigger one, though. Our engines take about 3.5 L of oil.|
So, now we have three fully serviced engines, and more importantly, we have the skills and knowledge to keep them well maintained. Hopefully this will save us money in repairs down the line.