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post #15 of Old 11-06-2012
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Re: easier diesel bleeding

Keep in mind that no fuel bulb out there is approved for this type of use. Your M3-20B has an electric lift pump and you can easily jumper it off the solenoid with alligator clips while opening the bleed screw. Wear some nitrile gloves and have a diesel absorbing pad and bleeding these engines takes a few seconds.

1- Disconnect + feed to fuel pump insert alligator extension lead.

2- Clip extension lead to solenoid hot lug to make fuel pump kick on.

3- Crack bleed screw

4- When fuel flows close bleed screw

5- Run engine for sufficient time to ensure no entrapped air. If you still have air repeat above steps..

This is a fuel bulb I found cracked on a Trawler. The boat STILL SMELLS to this day.... Owner thought he had a leaking fuel tank.

If you must install a fuel priming bulb I would recommend a by-pass loop for it with positive shut offs on either side. But again your boat already has the tools you need to bleed the engine...

-Maine Sail / CS-36T

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