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170 Bilge Operation
|Author||Topic: 170 Bilge Operation|
posted 09-08-2003 10:11 AM ET (US)
Do I need to worry about sand/grit/dog hair/etc. making its way down to the bilge pump? Or, will this type of debris just collect in the bilge area and not be pushed through the pump? Thanks.
posted 09-08-2003 10:30 AM ET (US)
That little pump has handled everything that ended up in there on my Montauk 170 so far. However I do pull the floor cover and go in there with a hose every couple of weeks and wipe and squirt it down. While I'm there I unclip the pump (squeeze the two blue tabs and lift straight up) and ensure that there is nothing in the strainer system that could clog it. While you are in there you can manually activate the pump by turning the small white knob on the float switch.
posted 09-08-2003 10:35 AM ET (US)
For me, part of 100 hour service is pulling the pump out
and cleaning the screen.
posted 09-08-2003 10:41 AM ET (US)
I had a short 3-4" piece of monofilament bind up the impeller to the point that it blew the circuit breaker. Once I found out the cause, I used a pair of tweezers to remove the offender and the pump was as good as new. I do keep an eye on what flows down the drain.
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