Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Oil change and engine fettle

From 100mph to 4mph ... well you know what I mean. Off the bike over to the boat yesterday for lawn mowing (I hate lawn mowing such a pain but I like looking at mown lawns - got the house one to do tonight and maybe two more to do this weekend - more on that later......)

This is Percy's "Donk" with its rocker cover off allowing me access to lube the rocker arms, drop some oil in to lube the valve stems and add a little to the pushrod cups. I have hand pumped about 8.5 litres of oil out and the same had gone back in. No filter as such on the lister as the technology relies on the oil just dumping the waste in the sump rather than holding it and having it 'strained out' in the filter. All very basic which I like as I understand most of it.

I have just ordered oil and filter for the motorbike so that is a job to be done before Germany, I am sure it will not be as easy as an oil change on Percy.

For the record the engine hours was at ...271 

The last time it was done it was at 30 hours in April 2013. For many reasons we did not use Percy  (cruising) much last year and when I was aboard for the 10 months I did not run the engine much at all being very frugal with power and using solar to top up. 

So with a clean up and wipe down, plus fitting the 12v socket in the engine room so I can use the little inverter for TV rather than using the power using inverter all the time - job done. I need to go back and see if I can do work needed on the inner window cladding for the new windows that will be part of the paint job in the July August time.... 

Finally one for the night time cruiser to be aware of....

How and why I'll leave to you (yes that is a lock bollard)  ?


Les Biggs said...

Bet the bike doesn t take 8.5 ltr of oil. Happy grass cutting, see you sometime we hope.

Nev Wells said...

Hi Les,

Good to hear from you. The bike takes about half or just under. Looking forward to seeing you our way sometime soon

Abraham Yates said...

It’s great to know that you’ve got a filter for the motor. That way the waste would be filtered and not just get dumped on the floor. I see that you’ve purchased new oil for it as well, which means another great cycle for the motor. Anyway, how is the filter holding up? I hope things are doing better for you now. Thanks for sharing this with us. All the best!

Abraham Yates @ Apache Oil Company

Shayne Gustafson said...

I know nothing about motors and engines or anything like that. I will however refer my father and husband to your blog. They are always talking about their cars and my father's boat. The only thing I know about a boat is how to drive one. I know nothing about horsepower and eight cylinders.

Shayne Gustafson @ Berico Heating and Air