Aura Columbia 30
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And it continues
Here we go again. I cleaned/dried the engine compartment, the bottom of the engine and the bildge - couldn't find any 'obvious' signs of leakage (that's good...). So, I filled the engine (which still had some coolant in it) and then the overflow up to the midway point. As I poured it into the engine, it DIDN'T POUR OUT the bottom of the engine... again good.
I left it for a day and returned, no signs of leak on the drip cloth under the engine or in the bildge and the levels are as I filled them to - still good!! After a day of steady rain I returned to the boat and found both rainwater and coolant (although a small amount of the later) in the bildge!! #@%% it!!
I checked the levels of both the engine AND overflow and both appear to be exactly where I filled them to. So, based on my complete lack of knowledge of engines, I figure either one of three scenarios: 1. the recent bildge coolant is from the winter leak that has rectified itself and the rainfall has just flushed it down the to its final resting place, the bildge, or 2. the engine is STILL leaking but the levels in both the engine and overflow are not moving because the engine has not been turned over and thus has not pulled the new coolant into the engine, so the levels will not change, or finally, 3. there still is a leak in the engine somewhere and as per #2 the new coolant is not pulled into the engine to show a level change and the engine is just still leaking coolant that was in the engine from last year.
Confused you all yet?? I checked the drip cloth under the engine and it was clean. Makes me believe #1 is accurate and this is run off. The boat goes in the water this morning at 8am... its gonna get interesting here soon. I'm concerned that when I turn it over, coolant is going to go everywhere...
I checked my mannual and it does not show any frost plugs on the engine. I checked the bottom of the engine and I can't find anything that matches the descriptions I have heard of a plug so I have to assume there are none.
There is no sign of contamination in the oil but I have not been able to get at the transmission levels to check that yet...