The leak" is fixed.
I haven't paid the bill yet but I have had a service done on the engine as well. There were a few things found on inspection:
a) The coupling bolts were loose! Nylock nuts needed replacement.
b) Gearbox oil filler cap unsecrewed! Re-tightened.
c) Air filter hanging off by the rocker box vent tube! New rubber sleeve fitted so that the air filter pan could grip the inlet manifold entry boss.
All in all worth having Tooley's man have a look. Potentially all the above could have caused serious difficulties. Its not too good if your drive fails! Nor if the gearbox oil disappears. Nor if oil continually flows from the rockerbox vent into the oily bund under the engine. It was a rocker box gasket leak that has led to another boat on our nooeings being towed to Tooley's after an engine seize. Oil is pumped up to the rocker box and is supposed to drain through the engine to the sump. A leak at this juncture causes a severe lack of oil!
So we are ready for winter. Antifresze checked, clean oil, no deisel leak, full tanks and clean filter.
"Dusty" came by this week too, so we are stocked up with coal.
Now all we need is the snow. No! Cancel that order, we can so without that!
- The name describes my demeanour and voice! I love narrowboating and that is why this blog is mainly about the boat and our interaction with it. I have been keeping a log for Sonflower ever since we bought her and moved onto her as our main residence. Some incidents in our boating life have been hilarious, some scary and some down right dangerous. I cannot tell what will come in the future but you can now share them! The crew are an 'ordinary' couple. The Best Mate and I.