Sunday, November 26, 2023

November 26th

I went to the airport and flew to Auburn to met Chris, Perry, Shane and Liza for lunch.

After lunch, I flew back.  Luckily the 2 planes flying circuits and landing downwind left and landed and stopped so I could land into wind :o)

I sat and waited for the engine to cool down a bit, then started the oil draining.  That usually takes 10 minutes or so, so then I get everything ready to change the filter - I was testing using using a diesel exhaust fluid funnel that I'd bought on Amazon for less than $2 to catch the oil from the filter, but I couldn't find my damned oil filter wrench anywhere.  I looked several times, and eventually resolved to go home and get my strap wrench that barely fits behind the exhaust to try and get the filter off.  I also got Vic to come back with me in case I had to hammer a screwdriver through it - you're time limited as the oil runs out of the engine into the external oil tank - too much and you have to re-prime the oil system.

We managed to get the strap wrench on and get the filter off - the funnel worked fine other than a slight leak at the end where I'd put electrical tape over it.  I put the new filter on as tight as I could get it by hand (until the gasket touches then 3/4 of a turn,) drained more oil out of the previously empty tank, which was concerning, put 2 litres in the tank and fired the engine up.  It took longer than usual, but the pressure came up within 10 seconds so I shut the engine down and called it good - hopefully the filter's tight enough, otherwise I'll have to try and get the strap wrench back on, tighten it a little and get it back off again.

In the evening, we sat in the hot tub for the first time in ages.

It seemed Randy had taken the wrench over to Cameron Park :o(

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