So, last week I am on my way to Catalina
. About 1 mile from Two Harbors I notice smoke coming from down below. I yell to my wife to take the wheel
and I dive head
first into the galley
. Smoke is pouring out from underneathe the sink. I'm suspecting a broken exhaust
hose. I open the cabinet and it is full of steam, not smoke. Good thing. I can't see the source, then realize that this is not the raw water
, but the coolant
boiling off. I check the temp gauge and it is pegged over to the right past 220. Ok, I shut the engine
down and get on the radio
to the harbor master. He says if I can sail closer to the mooring
field he'll give me a courtisey tow to a mooring
While on the mooring I suspect I have blown the head gasket
or warpped the head from the overheating
. I call my mechanic
at S&W Diesle to discuss my options. He suspects that maybe I picked up a plastic bag and choked off the raw water
. He also suggests that I refill it with coolant
and start it up. If it is the head, I'm not going to do anymore damage with a short run. So I top off the coolant, turn the key and she starts right up with no problems. Temp is riding good at 170, I'm thinking problem solved
. I go down below to look at the engine
and I notice that the belt is flinging thin, green oily crap everywhere. What the Hell. I cut the engine and have a look. The Fresh Water
Circulation Pump Gasket
has given away and is leaking like a stuck pig. Now I know where the problem is.
Next problem, Taking off the pump is easy, loosen the belt, remove 4 bolts and I'm done. My mechanic
tells me that he has 2 new pumps on the shelf --BUT-- the pully has to be pressed off and on. DAMN!
Here's the kicker
, I had just renewed my Vessle Assist card the day before. It took affect at mid-night the previous night. I'm now on the cell phone
arrangeing a tow for tomarrow morning. Vessle Assist shows up at 9am the next day and 4 hours later I am back in my slip at $0.00. That is the best damn insurance
I have ever bought.
Now here is my question, I have never removed this pump before. It looks pretty straight forward, just 4 bolts. Is there anything I need to watch for? I'm going to replace the thermostat and a new intercooler at the same time.
Thanks for reading and your answers.