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    Default coolant problem - any ideas?

    whilst out on a run round the bay we took the engines up to 24knots - tamd 63ps and suddenly the alarm went offand clouds of steam started to appear around the engine hatch.

    i closed down both engines straight away and steam was billowing out the hatch. it looks as though all the coolant dumped itself out of the engine. managed to get back on other engine ok.

    engineer out tomorrow but any ideaswhat would cause such a thing to happen?
    all engine temps ok prior to increasing speed and we were only at full speed for around 1 minute.

    thanks

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    Default Re: coolant problem - any ideas?

    Happened to me last week, thermostate buckled in it's housing which stopped it from opening, check it out, might save you a lift out
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    Default Re: coolant problem - any ideas?

    Strange that could be impeller gone, is water flowing out of exhaust? stats dont usually play up on 63s steam was no doubt water coming out of filler cap under pressure, if the impeller has gone then you may have damaged the rubber exhaust hose as well, presume scott will sort it, off out now let me know how you get on back on forum tom nite, pm sent.

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    Default Re: coolant problem - any ideas?

    Maybe a hose has come loose, happened to me once.

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    Default Re: coolant problem - any ideas?

    thanks everyone . impeller theory sounds a good one. will let you know what we find. pretty scary when it happened so just calmling nerves with a strong drink:::::

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    Default Re: coolant problem - any ideas?

    Bet ya a tenner (not a large Italian one ..) that it's your impeller. Happened to me last year. Shot down to a fishing mark, no problembos on the way down, left it to the last minute to get back for the bridge lift, shot back at top notch, ooops turkish bath off Lowestoft. Scarey isn't it. I found that the friendly Nanni serive engineer (who'd been to my boat two weeks previous) had noted "impeller OK" but when I removed it as part of the lengthy diagnosis it was "set" and even worse one of the vanes was set in the wrong direction. He'd never taken it out - only the 400 it cost me to give him a day out at the marina. Changed the impeller, topped up the coolant, been as good as gold ever since.

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    Default Re: coolant problem - any ideas?

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    managed to get back on other engine ok.



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    Which engine Martyn???

    If it was the Starboard one that blew, I would go for impellar too, it's the hard one to get at. Port side is easy!
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    Default Re: coolant problem - any ideas?

    Ah, that's a real shame Martyn.

    Hope you get it sorted quickly.
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    Default Re: coolant problem - any ideas?

    Hi Martyn

    Have a look at water filter, see if there is water present and is not clogged. No doubt you checked water intake and have not picked up plastic bag, weed, the odd scuba diver etc. to block intake. Go for impeller next. Easy enough to check if on port engine, bit more difficult to get at on s'board.

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    Default Re: coolant problem - any ideas?

    well 10 out of 10... it was the impeller; seems it had seperated from the metal barrell and stopped spinning. only replaced in january.

    now the engineer is trying to fit a new one on the starboard engine which is a little hard to get to.

    next job is try and stop alarm going off and see if any other damage such as gasket or exhaust.

    fingers crossed......

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