rust discharge from one engine

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rust discharge from one engine

Postby CapnGary » Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:45 pm

One of my twin 318's has a very strong rust discharge when starting it. The other one does not. After a minute or so, it clears up. The engines have about 1900 hours on them and seem to run good and smooth. Is this discharge a problem? What could it be from?

Thanks in advance for any answers.
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1986 32 FB
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Milton, Fl

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Re: rust discharge from one engine

Postby Busia » Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:06 pm

Guessing you have raw water cooling and it is rust from inside the block. Watch the temperature and oil in both engines. The other engine will have some rust too, you don't want it to clog the oil cooler or internal passages. The rust was cast iron that was your block or manifold. When they rust out you can get water in the oil.
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located in Ketchikan, Alaska. Gods country
32 foot Marinette express. (no fly bridge)
twin 350 Crusader (Chev 350) engines
1:1 Borg Warner velvet drive transmissions
Closed cooling (antifreeze in the engine)
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Re: rust discharge from one engine

Postby jralbert » Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:47 pm

Rust discharge not confined to raw water engines. I had it almost every time I started up after a rest interval of, say, a week between boat outings. Closed cooling system. I had '88 32' FBS w/240's. As gary noted, it cleared up quickly. Always concerned me but I suspect it was quite normal but I do confess being surprised more folks on the forum aren't talking about it.
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Re: rust discharge from one engine

Postby Busia » Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:04 pm

Even with closed cooling the exhaust manifolds and any exhaust fittings you may have, have raw water flowing through them. So it is normal to get some rust from them. My manifolds lasted ten years.
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located in Ketchikan, Alaska. Gods country
32 foot Marinette express. (no fly bridge)
twin 350 Crusader (Chev 350) engines
1:1 Borg Warner velvet drive transmissions
Closed cooling (antifreeze in the engine)
Proud to be retired IBEW

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Re: rust discharge from one engine

Postby CapnGary » Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:59 am

Good thoughts, thanks,
They are raw water cooled. In brackish water this past one year. In freshwater the rest of it's prior life. I did install flushouts and use them every time the boat is returned to dock to make sure freshwater is in the system. Temp and oil have been OK so far.
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