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Maintenance

This section is designed to help members to maintain their boats. It is not geared to any one boat and is put forward merely as a guide to help members. It is not intended to replace the maintenance information given in handbooks and workshop manuals.
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      • Preparatory Daily Checks.
        Before starting engines, check oil level using dip stick, and top up if necessary.
        Check water levels in expansion tank (if fitted) or in head of radiator/heat exchanger if no expansion tank fitted, and top up if necessary.
        Check sea cocks open.
        Check for water in bilges and clear.
        Check anchor raised.
        Have a general look round the boat for any problems, and fix at the earliest opportunity.

        Every 100 hours of engine running time
        The following are typical of the checks that should be carried out every 100 hours of engine running time, or about every two months, whichever is the shorter period.

      • Check drive belt / fan belt tension and adjust if necessary.
      • Change engine oil; run engine until up to normal operating temperature, then drain oil using oil lift pump on engine, or using lift pump through dipstick tube.
      • Replace oil filter element; this may be a paper element inside the lubricating oil filter bowl, or a complete replacement lubricating oil filter bowl. Refer to manufacturers handbook to identify the correct replacement (or use the old one as a guide).
      • Clean air cleaner element / .air intake gauze
      • Clean water trap in fuel line, if fitted


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      Every Season, or every 400 hours of engine running time
      The following are typical of the checks that should be carried out at the start of every season, or after every 400 hours of engine running time, whichever is the shorter period.

      • Renew engine fuel filter, or element.
      • Change gearbox oil.
      • Check hoses and clips, pipes, etc., are secure and are not leaking, (all, not just water system)
      • According to engine type, you may also need to:
      • Ckeck stub pipes for corrosion ((TMP / Nicor gearboxes)
      • Check and adjust valve tip clearance (Perkins 4.99M, 4.107M,4.108

 

 

 

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