Q & A — June 2005
By Capt. Ken Kreisler
| Part 2: A varnishing tip, v-belt maintenance, and more
What causes sludge to form in oil and what can be done about it? J.L., via e-mail
If the sludge persists, water may be getting into the lube system due to a cracked head, leaking head gasket, or cracked block. If so, call your mechanic.
What grade of sandpaper should I use between varnish coats? H.W., via e-mail
How long after installing a new V-belt should it be checked for tightness, and are there any other belt-maintenance tips? B.A., via e-mail
Preventive maintenance tips include regular inspection for nicks, cuts, abrasion, and glazing. If you find a belt that needs replacing, it’s probably a good idea to change all the belts on your engine, and keep spares onboard.
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This article originally appeared in the May 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.