Investing time in to a regular maintenance routine on your narrowboat will help to ensure your cruising is hassle-free and protect the longevity of your narrow boat.
Maintenance Schedule… What’s Your Routine?
The following is a suggested narrowboat engine maintenance routine, however always refer to your engine manufacturer’s manual for their recommended time scales.
Daily (when cruising) or every 8 hours of engine running:
- Check engine oil level
- Check gearbox oil level
- Check coolant level
- Check battery fluid
- Give stern gland greaser a turn
- Check drive belt tension
- When starting the engine make sure that the charger light goes off and the alternator is charging
- When engine is warm chich the oil pressure and coolant temperatures are as they should be
- Check condition of fan belt; stern gland; all coolant hoses; fuel lines and shut off valves
- Check all moving parts are fully greased
- Check all bolts and connections are tight
- Check charge rate from alternator to batteries
Annual (or around 250 running hours):
- Change engine and gearbox oil
- Change oil/air/fuel filter
- Change antifreeze
- Check air filter, replace if required
- Check anode condition
- Check all external nuts, bolts and fastenings
- Use fuel treatment if boat is vacant in cold weather
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