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Old 22-03-2015, 13:27   #1
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Ugh what's this?

Just found this 'stuff' in my engine compartment. Never had it before so I'm wondering. Is it salt crystals. Various shapes and sizes, mostly rectangular. Looks like shattered glass. The biggest in the pic is about 9mm x 9 mm (3/8 x 3/8) and a central white sector in the larger ones.
No broken glass in the area. It may be below a clear outlet hose on the engine so possibly some fluid overflow?
There's a bit there and it's sitting/forming in a clear/yellow liquid.
No I didn't taste it. I crushed some with pliers though...Click image for larger version

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Old 22-03-2015, 13:40   #2
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Re: Ugh what's this?

No idea here, but it looks like the rectangular crystals grew around/off of the center white substance. With the smaller ones consuming that substance totally. Possibly in reaction to the fluid mentioned in which they were sitting.

I'm curious to know what's up here.
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Most likely salt crystals.
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Ah should have googled salt crystals I guess ! It seems to be below the blower so maybe had some water in the blower intake at some stage. Will clean and observe!
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Put one in water and see what it does. Theoretically salt will slowly dissolve.
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Definitely got a small salt water intrusion some where

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Old 22-03-2015, 14:07   #8
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Second thought, not the blower as it has a good loop in it. Most likely a small leak on the boarding ladder seal on the swim step but will keep an eye on it. Could also be sail drive seal or engine seawater intake but the amount of water was less than 100ml total after 4 months and 5000M although some may have evaporated as well. I did notice one of the swim laddr bolts seems to have a small stalag tight so will put on the to do list...
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Well one good thing out of this. Were out of salt for the bread. I had it on the shopping list but now realise the stuff is all around me! So I'll put some saltwater in a tray and see how long it takes to evaporate me some salt. BVIs salt bread, how gourmet!
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Lol

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