Out sailing for a week, my engine stutters a couple of times during the day like it's going to die, but doesn't.
Anchored out, and then next day it ran fine for a half hour, then died for good.
The racor had a lot of crud in it, and although there was a lot of spare parts from the PO, there was not one of these seperator cartridges so we wiped the element out as best we could with paper towels and changed the main fuel filter at the engine. Could not pull fuel up to the separator or engine filter bleeds, and determined it was the infamous clogged screen in the pickup tube.
Found a piece of copper ground wire long enough to ream it out, it was clogged with black goop.
Bled at the filter, and at the injection pump, but the engine would not run.
Sailed around for a couple days without the engine, until we could get back to the dock where I changed the racor element, and re-bled everything.
Still no start. Fuel in the separator bowl appears clean. Fuel at the main filter bleed comes out clean, as does the bleed at the injection pump.
I bled everywhere, perhaps a quart of fuel to make sure I had no air in the system. No luck.
Cracked the fuel line fittings at the injectors, cranked the engine with the compression relieved, and nothing comes out of either injector steel line.
Even if I still have air getting into the system, fuel should come out of the lines feeding the injectors, right?
I'm not familiar with how the injector pump works, could it be clogged? Although the racor was nasty, the main engine filter did not appear to be, so I don't think anything got that far. What are the odds the injector pump would die simulatneous with the tank pickup screen becoming clogged?
Any ideas? Vacations over, the boat will set for a few weeks in it's slip until I can get back with a plan.