Changing the Fuel Filter on a Universal M-30 Diesel Engine | Engine Not Getting Fuel

June 24, 2022 Sailing YouTubers

In this video we show you how we diagnosed and replaced our clogged fuel filter on our M-30 Universal Diesel engine.

In this video we show you how we diagnosed and replaced our clogged fuel filter on our M-30 Universal Diesel engine.

While we were out sailing in some bigger swell, we lost power to our engine. After checking the engine temperature and oil level, we determined that the engine was being starved of fuel. Every time we increased the rpm, the engine would die, but at low rpm it ran fine.

We replace the secondary fuel filter, then bled the fuel lines of air and started up the engine. The project was a success and our engine is running like normal again! In the future we will have to inspect the primary fuel filter and diesel tank, but for now Blue Moon is back up and running!

* Disclaimer: we're not experts! Just sharing our experience as we learn to work on our engine :D

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If you are new to the channel, Blue Moon is a 1978 Catalina 30 sailing vessel which we acquired in 2020. One year later we decided it was time for a road trip and built out a 1998 Delica to drive across the country. Now we live aboard the boat full-time, take weekend trips in the van, and explore this beautiful world.

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0:00 - Engine failure: determining that our engine wasn't getting fuel
1:19 - How to change the secondary fuel filter on Universal M-30 diesel
1:58 - Remove the old filter
2:39 - Install new filter
3:55 - How to bleed air from fuel lines
5:03 - Start the engine
5:15 - Next steps

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Blue Moon Life

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Jonas and Gillian from the SV Blue Moon share an honest look at the benefits and challenges they are facing as liveaboards and share stories and videos about sailing, liveaboard, travel, and alternative living.