Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Gloucester, Mass. USA
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Stupid engine question
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The compression lever stays down unless youíre trying to manually crank start your engine, a thankless task if there ever was one! One sticks the business end of the crank handle over the nub of the camshaft, lifts the compression lever and starts cranking! Once you think you''ve got the flywheel spinning fast enough, you reach with one hand (still cranking for all youíre worth with the other) and slap down the lever. This is when you find out that you were wrong and the engine doesnít quite make it through the next compression stroke! It forcibly starts to turn backwards against your effort and just to show you who''s the boss, it tosses your sorry mortal body across the cabin.
Trying it single-handed, I was only successful at it once. I had a sense of pride as I sat crumpled in my bilge, sweating profusely with blood soaked knuckles and sore wrists and forearms as I watched my MD7A ticking over in submission. Never again!
As for the dipstick, it is quite possible that it is a screw on type, but my Volvo didnít have one. No, youíre not going to be able to tell anything from looking down that tube, except that the inside of that motor is a mighty dark place!
Haul that lump of cast iron out of your bilge and get an outboard!