Mindcrack: Combustion Engines, Water and Pumps
the more experienced and well studied of you will know this, and those who do not use combustion engines will not care, but for the rest:
Beware when using combustion engines which need to be cooled with water. Occasionally (and this seems random) the water pumping system will manage to remove all the water source blocks for the 3 x 3 pond you need to use to feed the pump. This will cause your combustion engines to overheat and explode if you don't catch it.
As far as I can tell the only way around this (at least to stop it all exploding) is to build a circuit with gates and red stone that auto cuts-off the engines when they reach yellow/red in color. It is a total pain in the behind but seems to be the only way to cut the engines off when it happens.
If anyone wishes to see one example of how to set this up just come look at my place. It is not that complicated but does need a total of 8 pipe gates (yes 8 ). 4 for the pump control and 4 for the cutoff and some red stone/red alloy wiring especially when you use the (almost) mandatory cut out switch for the room.
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Last edited by Cheith; 24th February 2013 at 10:29 AM.