Q & A — August 2003
By Capt. Ken Kreisler
2: Dieseling, Vibrating Outboard, and more
My carbureted gasoline
inboard continues to run after I shut it off. What is the cause of this,
and what can I do? B. L., via e-mail
Possible causes of dieseling include excessive engine temperature, combustion chamber deposits, poor-quality fuel, and an improperly adjusted carburetor. If your engine is running hot, check your thermostat and your cooling system for leaks. Otherwise consult a mechanic.
two-stroke outboard seems to be vibrating more than usual. What could
be the cause? W.S., via e-mail
I've noticed an occasional puddle of water gathering under my galley's refrigerator. I don't have enough clearance under it to put any kind of container. Do you have any suggestions? C.S., via e-mail
The water is most likely coming from the suction line attached to the evaporator coils. As you can't get a drip pan in there, you will need to cover the line with a foam sleeve or wraparound insulation that you can pick up at any air-conditioning supply store or large supply house like Home Depot and Lowe's.
Need help with a maintenance problem? Write to Maintenance Q & A, Power & Motoryacht, 260 Madison Ave., 8th Fl., New York, NY 10016. Fax: (917) 256-2282. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please.
This article originally appeared in the July 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.