Time to change the genset oil
& filter after the boat sat out the hurricane
season. First time doing this with the new to us boat, genset is a NextGen 5K with a 2-lunged Kubota engine
Took the old filter off, oiled up the new filter's gasket
before I spun it on. New oil
in, level checks out OK so fire it up. I hit the start switch in the salon
, then walked back to the fwd port bow locker to make sure we had water
flow, etc. Yep, exhaust water
looks good, let's check the bow compartment - YIKES there's liquid all over the place! Shut it down quick!
So now I have a bow compartment full of engine
oil... WTH? Leaking from the new filter... take it off and discover that the OLD filter gasket
had stuck to the engine block. I didn't notice that and spun the new filter right on. Who knew that oil would spray out between the 2 gaskets.... ugh!
I dodged a bullet here... could have meant a new genset if I'd let it run any longer.
Note to self... ALWAYS make sure that the old filter gasket comes off with the filter. I should probably also put the plug
in the compartment overboard
drain any time I work with oil / fuel
up there. Makes it less embarassing should something spill / leak...