Hello to all.
I don't post here very often but I do enjoy using it as a resource when the chips are down. My Dad has an X-412 (1995) that I sail quite frequently and as I prepare for heading out to the coast in the next couple of days he brought up an issue I had the last time I was out there.
Turning on the Espar heater
(description above- we've always just called it the Espar) and it will whir and click the way it always has but then a white smoke will come out of the exhaust
. Not steam... So "something" is resulting in a failure to ignite the fuel
. That much is clear.
I've done some research
about the problem- I am aware that there are a few potential causes including electrical
resulting in insufficient power being transmitted to the glow plug
or residue in the combustion chamber / across the plug head
. I'm not very technically minded but those things do make sense... Of course there's the potential that the plug needs to be replaced outright.
The part in question is 25 years old- Part# 3730104 and in talking with him he's done a cursory look online and came up empty. I told him I'd see if I could dig a little deeper... so here I am hoping someone in this community has experienced similar problems before and been able to work
Initial searches on Google
Machine for the part in question get me the same results that he had:
So... assuming that I can go through the various problem solving measures- ie: Check current
to the plug, clean the combustion chamber, ensure that the head
of the plug is not foiled... If the problem continues is there an alternate / equivalent part that you have used with success or is it just time for a new unit since the parts
the product need are truly end of life?
Or are they?
I can get a propeller
for a P-47 Jug if I know who to talk to... Is there a secret stash of marine
Thanks again for any insights.