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Old 26-05-2016, 07:46   #1
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Westerbeke 30- How to Prime or Self-Bleed


My Westerbeke 30 has no keyed ignition switch, it uses two push buttons, one to preheat glo plug and the other for starting. There is a toggle switch.

When I changed Racor fuel element the lid gasket fell out and I ran the cup dry and engine stalled. I replaced gasket and topped off with diesel but it won't start.

Is there a way to prime/ self bleed the air? I just bought the boat 2 weeks ago and drove for 36 hours straight and she purred like a kitten all the way. I'm fairly confident it's air in the system.

Thanks, Mike
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Old 26-05-2016, 08:42   #2
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Re: Westerbeke 30- How to Prime or Self-Bleed

Check out page 16 of this pdf. Maybe it will help. (Not sure why the manual even includes the W30 when it is for the W13-21-27-33 range, but it does for the bleeding part.)

They say my Westerbeke 33 is self-bleeding. Haven't had a problem yet, but I also haven't run the tank dry.

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