Marine Diesel Engines: Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Repair [NOOK Book]

Marine Diesel Engines: Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Repair

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$15.49 price
(Save 44%)$27.95 List Price


Praise for this boating classic:

“The most up-to-date and readable book we've seen on the subject.”—Sailing World

“Deserves a place on any diesel-powered boat.”—Motor Boat & Yachting

“Clear, logical, and even interesting to read.”—Cruising World

Keep your diesel engine going with help from a master mechanic

Marine Diesel Engines has been the bible for do-it-yourself boatowners for more than 15 years. Now updated with information on fuel injection systems, electronic engine controls, and other new diesel technologies, Nigel Calder's bestseller has everything you need to keep your diesel engine running cleanly and efficiently.

Marine Diesel Engines explains how to:

  • Diagnose and repair engine problems

  • Perform routine and annual maintenance

  • Extend the life and improve the efficiency of your engine

Nigel Calder is widely acknowledged as the world's foremost writer on boat systems maintenance. A diesel mechanic for more than 35 years, he has also been a boatbuilder, cabinetmaker, and machinist. Calder is the author of How to Read a Nautical Chart, Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook, and Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual.

Learn how to:

  • Cure overheating

  • Fix your transmission

  • Retrofit a new diesel engine

  • Flush your cooling system

  • Change your oil

  • Clean your electrical system

  • Replace fuel filters and bleed air from the fuel system
  • Troubleshoot virtually any problem

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071779999
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 10/3/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 299,722
  • File size: 23 MB
  • Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.

Meet the Author

Nigel Calder, a diesel mechanic, boatbuilder,

and machinist, is widely acknowledged as the world’s foremost writer

on boat systems maintenance.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of Troubleshooting Charts Preface to the Third Edition Preface to the Second EditionIntroductionOne Principles of OperationCompression IgnitionConverting Heat to PowerExpansion and CoolingGasoline EnginesCost and Power-to-WeightTypes of DieselsPrincipal Engine ComponentsTwo Details of OperationSection One: The Air SupplyVolumetric EfficiencyNaturally Aspirated EnginesSuperchargers and TurbochargersIntercoolers and AftercoolersSection Two: CombustionThe Importance of TurbulenceInjector Spray PatternsTechniques for Creating TurbulenceSection Three: Fuel InjectionJerk (In-Line) PumpsDistributor (Rotary) PumpsUnit InjectorsCommon Rail SystemsInjectorsLift PumpsSection Four: GovernorsSimple GovernorsVacuum GovernorsSection Five: Electronic Engine ControlsNetworkingLimping HomeSection Six: Keeping Things CoolRaw-Water CoolingHeat Exchanger CoolingKeel CoolingWet and Dry ExhaustsThree Routine Maintenance: Cleanliness Is Next to GodlinessSection One: Clean AirRoutine MaintenanceSection Two: Clean FuelLubricationContaminationFuel HandlingFuel FiltersSection Three: Clean OilThe API "Donut"Oil ChangesChanging FiltersSection Four: General CleanlinessClean WaterClean Electrical SystemsA Clean EngineScheduled OverhaulsWinterizingFour Troubleshooting, Part One: Failure to StartSection One: Failure to CrankWater in the EngineStarter Motor Does Not CrankInertia and Preengaged StartersCircuit TestingMotor and Solenoid Disassembly, Inspection, and Repair Section Two: Failure to FireAn Unobstructed AirflowAchieving Ignition TemperaturesFuel ProblemsFive Troubleshooting, Part Two: Overheating, Smoke, Loss of Performance, and Other ProblemsOverheatingSmokeLoss of PerformanceOil-Related ProblemsInadequate Turbocharger PerformanceProblems with Engine InstrumentationA Do-it-Yourself Engine SurveySix Repair Procedures, Part One: Cooling, Exhaust, and Injection SystemsThe Cooling SystemWater PumpsThe Exhaust SystemGovernorsFuel Injection PumpsInjectorsGasketsSeven Repair Procedures, Part Two: DecarbonizingPreparatory StepsCylinder Head RemovalValvesCylindersPistons and Connecting RodsPiston RingsReplacing Pistons and Connecting RodsReplacing Cylinder HeadsRetiming an EngineAccessory EquipmentEight Marine TransmissionsPlanetary TransmissionsTwo-Shaft TransmissionsVariations on a ThemeShaft BrakesTransmission MaintenanceTroubleshooting and RepairsNine Engine Selection and InstallationSection One: Engine SelectionMatching an Engine to Its LoadHow Much Horsepower Do You Need?BHP, SHP, and Auxiliary EquipmentSection Two: Propeller Sizing and SelectionPropeller SizingPropeller SelectionSection Three: Connecting the Transmission to the PropellerCouplingsEngine AlignmentConstant-Velocity JointsShaft SealsStruts and BearingsSection Four: Auxiliary SystemsVentilationFuel TanksCoolingExhaustAuxiliary EquipmentSome Electrical ConsiderationsServiceabilityPostscript: Diesel-Electric PropulsionAppendicesA. Carbon Monoxide PoisoningB. ToolsC. Spare PartsD. Useful TablesE. Freeing Frozen Parts and FastenersGlossaryIndex
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)