Friday, 23 May 2008

the doctor is in

Our engine is a big beast, a DS8 R01 Scania Marine Diesel, six cylinder four stroke engine with direct fuel injection. Although we've never had any problems with it, we've also never had it looked at or serviced ourselves, and rather than get an enormous repair bill in a couple of years time, we thought it wise to get it serviced.

Luckily our neighbour Phil is a great mechanic and so yesterday he came over to give it a once over, clean out the system, replace the oil, change the fuel and oil filters and change the fan belts. Looking very dapper in his white coat, he worked all day on it, and baring a final 20 minutes today to finish priming the fuel injectors we should be all sorted. Incidentally, it's good that we did get it all checked as we had about a cupful of oil in the engine and so had we run the engine for long it could have been very bad. Phil has now poured gallons of oil in and so we're all safe to run it every couple of weeks like you're supposed to. We may even take it out on a calm day in the summer if we're feeling brave...

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