Troubleshooting Marine Diesels


Diesel Troubleshooting By The Pictures—It's Never Been This Easy Before. This simple, hands-on guide to practical diesel engine care makes repair and maintenance more user-firendly than ever before. Now, even boatowners who grew up with gas engines can set aside theirs fears about tinkering with diesels.

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Troubleshooting Marine Diesel Engines, 4th Ed.

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Diesel Troubleshooting By The Pictures—It's Never Been This Easy Before. This simple, hands-on guide to practical diesel engine care makes repair and maintenance more user-firendly than ever before. Now, even boatowners who grew up with gas engines can set aside theirs fears about tinkering with diesels.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070123540
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Series: IM Sailboat Library Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 173
  • Sales rank: 858,572
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Compton's dream of bluewater cruising finally became reality when, after 20 years in the Aerospace industry, he quit his job in 1986 to build a small catamaran and sail south with his family in search of sun and sand. Some 11 years and 20,000 miles later, the Comptons have settled in the British Virgin Islands. With a background in troubleshooting that includes several years as Engineering Department Head analyzing complex system designs, Peter now applies these skills to the marine diesels he deals with every day. Peter's current project is an independent and informative website that covers every aspect of marine diesels. Visit it at

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroductionMaintaining Your DieselGood Operating ProceduresRoutine MaintenanceSurveying the EngineThe Initial InspectionThe StartupThe Sea TrialPreventing CorrosionLaying Up or "Winterizing" a DieselTroubleshooting Marine DieselsMain MenuCheck Crankshaft Turns FreelyPerformance ProblemsOil ProblemsExcessive Exhaust SmokeTemperature ProblemsNoise and Vibration ProblemsStarting System ProblemsCharging System ProblemsTurbocharger ProblemsFuel System Functional CheckEngine Fails to StopThe Mechanical SystemEngine BlockCylinder HeadCrankshaftTiming GearsValvesPistons and CylindersEngine MountsEngine AlignmentTable of Mechanical System FaultsThe Lubrication SystemOilOil PumpOil Pressure - Regulating ValveOil FilterPriming the Oil SystemOil ContaminationTable of Lubrication System FaultsThe Raw-Water CircuitRaw-Water StrainerRaw-Water PumpReconditioning a Raw-Water PumpHeat Exchangers and Oil CoolersSacrificial Anodes, or "Zincs"Antisiphon ValvesRaw-Water HosesHose ClampsRaw-Water ThermostatsTable of Raw-Water Circuit FaultsThe Coolant CircuitCoolantHeader TankThermostatCirculating PumpV-BeltCoolant-Circuit HosesTable of Coolant Circuit FaultsThe Fuel SystemFuelFuel TanksPrimary FilterFuel Lift PumpSecondary Fuel FilterGovernorInjector PumpCold-Starting AidsFuel InjectorsAir in the Fuel SystemTable of Fuel System FaultsThe Intake and Exhaust SystemAir-Intake FilterExhaust ManifoldExhaust Injection ElbowExhaust HoseMufflers and Lift BoxesExhaust BackpressureTurbochargersIntercoolersTable of Intake and Exhaust System FaultsThe Electrical SystemBatteriesBattery SwitchesAlternatorStarter MotorTypical Engine-Installation Circuit DiagramTable of Electrical System FaultsControls and InstrumentsThrottle ControlsGear-Selector ControlsEngine-Stop ControlsControl CablesTachometersEngine-Panel GaugesWarning CircuitsTable of Control and Instrument FaultsAppendix: Diesel Engine ToolkitIndexCopyright InformationAbout the Author

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From the Author

A Must for the Boat Owner's Toolkit!
Troubleshooting Marine Diesels was written with the average boat owner in mind. It doesn't assume any previous experience with diesel engines, nor does it delve into theory or major overhauls that need a workshop and special tools. Instead this book takes a fresh approach to the topic, using great illustrations from Jim Sollers and Rob Groves to guide you through very detailed troubleshooting and maintenance that corrects faults before they become serious and expensive problems. The troubleshooting chapter uses flow charts to point you towards the most likely cause of any problem. More detail can be found in the system chapters on the function of each component, what maintenance is required to keep it reliable, what you can do yourself or when you need to call in the professional. You'll find lots of advice and neat tricks that the pro uses every time he's called out to a sick engine. The secret to a reliable diesel is not how to repair your engine but knowing how to maintain it so you don't have to repair it!

If you're looking for a book to help you overhaul a diesel, then you need the manufacturer's workshop manual. However, if you looking for a first-aid-manual to carry aboard, that will help you diagnose and correct the vast majority of faults that can occur with any marine diesel, then join the many thousands who've already bought this volume. I don't think you'll be disappointed and if I've done my part right you'll enjoy your boating that much more.
— Peter Compton (, the Author

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