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  1. #1
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    Default Gardner 6LW Water Cooling Circuit

    Hi,

    I have a 6LW in my boat and it is fresh (closed) water cooled system with a raw water cooled heart exchanger. I recently decided that I should flush the cooling system but (and I am probably missing something obvious) but I can't quite figure the setup. I have the Gardner centrifugal water pump fitted and I am able to drain through its drain cock but where is the fill point? I have an expansion tank sitting above the engine and I expected to see it drop as I drained off at the pump. It didn't. I assume that the expansion tank will hold until the thermostat kicks in but (and this is my question) how do I refill the engine with coolant if it is closed off?

    I have all the manuals but the cooling section doesn't really help.

    Cheers

    Steve
    Last edited by Steve.Sharratt; 22-04-19 at 16:49.

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    Default Re: Gardner 6LW Water Cooling Circuit

    Is an expansion tank normal with raw water cooling?

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    Default Re: Gardner 6LW Water Cooling Circuit

    Correct. Raw water passes through a heat exchange and is ejected through the exhaust. The expansion tank is connected through the closed portion of the cooling system (per an normal engine and radiator set up). I am looking to drain the closed engine portion.
    Last edited by Steve.Sharratt; 22-04-19 at 15:43.

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    Default Re: Gardner 6LW Water Cooling Circuit

    It’s actually not raw water cooled then which refers to an engine that has raw water with no heat exchanger
    Last edited by scottie; 22-04-19 at 16:27.

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    Default Re: Gardner 6LW Water Cooling Circuit

    Thermostats usually have a small hole in them to allow draining and refilling to work.

    Are you sure the pump you drained is the one you think it is?

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    Default Re: Gardner 6LW Water Cooling Circuit

    I am certain it is. Perhaps the thermostat drain is blocked.

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    Default Re: Gardner 6LW Water Cooling Circuit

    Try mailto:info@gardnermarine.com
    tel:+44(0)1227 20719630

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    Default Re: Gardner 6LW Water Cooling Circuit

    As stated above, the thermostat has a small hole drilled into it and water should drain through it even if it is slowly.

    Find all your water pipes and remove the upper end of the pipes and fill through one of them, as water comes through the pipes simply refit them and continue filling.

    You clearly have an air lock and possibly an aftermarket stat fitted and it would be prudent to check to see if it has got a hole in it and that it hasn't become blocked while your system is drained, and filling the engine from the bottom blows all the air out of the open pipes and removes most of it, and I would fill it with water first and run the engine and check to see if it runs at the correct temperature before adding anti freeze.

    If your drain cock is the type with a valve on then connect a pipe to this as this is guaranteed to fill the engine from the bottom.

    I would also be tempted to use a cooling system cleaner on it as these engines take a lot of abuse over the years and they get their internals heavily silted up.
    I am old and wise because i was young and stupid.

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    Default Re: Gardner 6LW Water Cooling Circuit

    Thanks Assassin - I will be in the engine room today so I will start pulling hoses off and see what happens. A good tip to fill through the drain valve - that could be a possibility and I will also look into a cleaner. I have some coolant to add afterwards but didn't consider a flushing product.

    Cheers

    Steve

    Quote Originally Posted by Assassin View Post
    As stated above, the thermostat has a small hole drilled into it and water should drain through it even if it is slowly.

    Find all your water pipes and remove the upper end of the pipes and fill through one of them, as water comes through the pipes simply refit them and continue filling.

    You clearly have an air lock and possibly an aftermarket stat fitted and it would be prudent to check to see if it has got a hole in it and that it hasn't become blocked while your system is drained, and filling the engine from the bottom blows all the air out of the open pipes and removes most of it, and I would fill it with water first and run the engine and check to see if it runs at the correct temperature before adding anti freeze.

    If your drain cock is the type with a valve on then connect a pipe to this as this is guaranteed to fill the engine from the bottom.

    I would also be tempted to use a cooling system cleaner on it as these engines take a lot of abuse over the years and they get their internals heavily silted up.

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    Default Re: Gardner 6LW Water Cooling Circuit

    Has it a remote water tank,I used to look after two 4lws and they had a header tank each.

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