Do you guys (and girls?) find that you need the priming pump? As I said our engine (the Volvo version of the same and with the same priming pump) always self primes even if I change both the primary and secondary fuel filters and it has to suck up from the tank in the fin keel
. I don't even prime the filters beforehand, just screw them on empty.
I have had others with the Volvo engine tell me it is the same for them too. Perhaps the Volvo version has a more efficient fuel pump?
The only time I got caught was when I replaced both filters and ran the engine WITHOUT reopening the tank valve so I sucked the whole system dry. But even then it just took a very few pumps on the priming pump until I felt some pressure and a few seconds grind on the starter and away it went with a few coughs along the way. I suspect it would still have self primed if I had just cranked the fuel through but was wary of overflowing the water
I don't know if people are aware but the priming pump should not be forced, there should just be some soft feeling resistance as the stem slowly goes down into the body of the pump with a lightish push. If it is hard to push or won't move at all then you need to rotate the engine to get the pump onto a more favourable part of the camshaft cam. I would be quite certain it would be fairly easy to break something if one thought that the priming pump operated in all positions of the engine rotation and tried forcing it.