Troubleshooting Marine Diesels

ISBN-10: 0070123543

ISBN-13: 9780070123540

Edition: 4th 1998

Authors: Peter Compton

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This hands-on guide to diesel engines renders its subject more user-friendly than ever before. Every step of every procedure is illustrated, so that users can work from the illustrations alone. The troubleshooting charts in the second chapter are followed by system-specific chapters, allowing readers to quickly diagnose problems. Although part of the Sailboat Library, this book applies to any marine diesel.
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Book details

List price: $24.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 9/22/1997
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 176
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

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

Maintaining Your Diesel
Good Operating Procedures
Routine Maintenance
Surveying the Engine
The Initial Inspection
The Startup
The Sea Trial
Preventing Corrosion
Laying Up or "Winterizing" a Diesel
Troubleshooting Marine Diesels
Main Menu
Check Crankshaft Turns Freely
Performance Problems
Oil Problems
Excessive Exhaust Smoke
Temperature Problems
Noise and Vibration Problems
Starting System Problems
Charging System Problems
Turbocharger Problems
Fuel System Functional Check
Engine Fails to Stop
The Mechanical System
Engine Block
Cylinder Head
Timing Gears
Pistons and Cylinders
Engine Mounts
Engine Alignment
Table of Mechanical System Faults
The Lubrication System
Oil Pump
Oil Pressure - Regulating Valve
Oil Filter
Priming the Oil System
Oil Contamination
Table of Lubrication System Faults
The Raw-Water Circuit
Raw-Water Strainer
Raw-Water Pump
Reconditioning a Raw-Water Pump
Heat Exchangers and Oil Coolers
Sacrificial Anodes, or "Zincs"
Antisiphon Valves
Raw-Water Hoses
Hose Clamps
Raw-Water Thermostats
Table of Raw-Water Circuit Faults
The Coolant Circuit
Header Tank
Circulating Pump
Coolant-Circuit Hoses
Table of Coolant Circuit Faults
The Fuel System
Fuel Tanks
Primary Filter
Fuel Lift Pump
Secondary Fuel Filter
Injector Pump
Cold-Starting Aids
Fuel Injectors
Air in the Fuel System
Table of Fuel System Faults
The Intake and Exhaust System
Air-Intake Filter
Exhaust Manifold
Exhaust Injection Elbow
Exhaust Hose
Mufflers and Lift Boxes
Exhaust Backpressure
Table of Intake and Exhaust System Faults
The Electrical System
Battery Switches
Starter Motor
Typical Engine-Installation Circuit Diagram
Table of Electrical System Faults
Controls and Instruments
Throttle Controls
Gear-Selector Controls
Engine-Stop Controls
Control Cables
Engine-Panel Gauges
Warning Circuits
Table of Control and Instrument Faults
Appendix: Diesel Engine Toolkit
Copyright Information
About the Author
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