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Thread: A minor modification that might be of interest...[oil buzzer]

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    A minor modification that might be of interest...[oil buzzer]

    Hi,
    As most boats do, ours has a warning buzzer to alert us if the engine overheats or the oil pressure drops. It also sounds when I turn on the engine key before the engine starts and oil pressure rises enough. It also sounds if I turn the key to run the fuel pump to bleed the fuel line after a filter change. While I do want notice of a problem, I hate that noise!

    My solution was to cut the connecting positive wire and add a spade connector so I can easily unplug the buzzer when I don't want it to sound.
    My young grandkids are also much happier when they're on board as they don't have to cover their ears any more.
    As long as I remember to reconnect it after I unplug it, it should work perfectly!
    Frank
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    Toggle switch

    Why not a toggle switch?
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    Yeah Al, that might have been even better! 😊
    Frank

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    I'm worried.
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    "I'm worried."
    agree.... necessary equipment there for a very good reason, should not be played with.
    As annoying as it might be.... just a few seconds
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    not too much of a stretch to see how this very simple mod could cost someone a diesel engine
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    I added a delay-on-make relay to mine. Key ON, the alarm system does not arm for 10 seconds. No switch to remember to flip, no wire to remember to attach.

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    Yeah, I could see that if a boat owner is careless, and for that owner this would not be a good modification.
    In my case where I'm usually alone when I replace filters and have to turn on the key in the cockpit to run the fuel pump, then climb down into the engine compartment to bleed the fuel line in two places before climbing up and back into the cockpit to turn off the key - - that's a long time to have an annoying buzzer sound for me and my boating neighbours.
    But it's a choice.... maybe not for everyone.
    Frank
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    I wrapped electrical tape around my buzzer until it was at a suitable noise level. Can still hear it over other noises but it's no longer painfully loud.
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    Gauges and eyes

    Not too long ago there were no warning buzzers just gauges and eyes. What do deaf sailors rely on? If your not paying attention things happen. Have a checklist, follow it and look at those wonderful gauges. That's what they're there for.
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    yes to all of that, and milk used to be delivered by trucks with blocks of ice.
    Why intentionally circumvent a designed safety feature?
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    also maybe get rid of those annoying high water bilge alarms and just check the water level regularly
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    Helpful hints

    Don't get rid of all those wonderful aids. But also don't come to rely on them totally. Pay attention to the details. Good hoses, good clamps, good packing, check your coolant and lubrication level. Just don't wait until one of those little buzzers lets you know you've ignored something important.
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    absolutely agree Al.
    They don't call them 'idiot lights' in autos for nothing ; )
    Nothing replaces care and attention.
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    Back to the original point

    Frank: I assume that if you're smart enough to come up with a way to temporarily interrupt a buzzer you're also smart enough to reverse the process. My suggestion of installing a toggle switch I believe is a lot easier then manipulating spade connectors over and over. Remembering to turn a switch on/off and off/on is also practicing good "seamanship". I'm not worried.
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