Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Engine Exhaust Problem Located
After getting water in the engine from a back flow of wet exhaust, I found the problem. My exhaust muffler inlet is two inches higher than the high rise exhaust elbow fitting on the engine. I made a big mistake. I relied upon a previous installation as being correct. Since my exhaust elbow is in the starboard locker out of sight from the engine room, it wasn't so easy to spot. That's my excuse anyway! So, as long as the engine starts quickly you don't see a problem. But as soon as a hard starting situation appears, the hose between the exhaust elbow and muffler quickly fills up with water, as the engine doesn't produce the exhaust pressure necessary to push the wet exhaust water up and over to the muffler. The problem is I don't have the space to lower the muffler or enough space to raise the elbow to get the recommended 9 inches of drop from the exhaust elbow to the muffler. Hmmm. I can custom make an extension to my exhaust elbow to raise it above the muffler at a maximum height of maybe 4 inches above the muffler inlet. That puts the top of the exhaust elbow at the very top of my engine room ceiling. But it still doesn't meet the recommended 9 inch drop. What to do. Any suggestions are welcome.