Category: Maintenance

What Is A Head Gasket? Guide To Your Detroit Diesel or Cummins Engine’s Workhorse

October 5, 2021

Your head gasket is a critical component of your vehicle's Detroit Diesel or Cummins engine. But, what is a head gasket? This flat sheet of metal is found sandwiched between your engine block and cylinder head and is considered to be your engine's workhorse. What is the purpose of a head gasket? Well, in addition to sealing the engine block and cylinder heads of your engine so oil and coolant can properly circulate, the head gasket also seals the combustion chamber within your engine. With the proper sealing of these three main components, your vehicle will be able to produce…
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How to Flush Your Marine Diesel Engine

March 26, 2020

When it comes to a marine diesel engine, a freshwater flush is an important maintenance practice. Freshwater marine organisms can cause clogs in the engine, and saltwater or brackish water can cause corrosion. Flushing your marine engine with fresh water will help prevent these issues. Stagnant saltwater in your engine will leech out zinc, eat away at brass and copper alloys in your pump and transmission cooler, and more. It will also lead to major problems for your aftercooler, as the salt will cause a chemical reaction that damages the metal and compromises the integrity of your expensive components. Saltwater…
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Servicing Your Marine Raw Water Pump

Servicing Your Marine Raw Water Pump

January 16, 2020

It's more than likely that your marine engine uses a raw water system to help keep itself cool. This system is simply a pump that pumps seawater to the engine to help diffuse some of the intense heat the engine generates. A marine raw water pump is a very simple mechanism. So simple, in fact, that you probably won’t give it a second thought until it fails. This is an issue — if your engine overheats on the open water, it can create a very problematic situation. For this reason, servicing the marine raw water pump at regular intervals is…
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Boat Maintenance Tips & Care

Boat Maintenance Tips & Care

January 2, 2020

Boating is an excellent way to spend quality time with family and friends or just enjoy a serene day on the water. With a long season of sun and warm weather, you can make the most of every weekend. But if you want to keep your boat running and beautiful for years to come, you'll need to learn proper maintenance routines. But how do you maintain a boat? While it isn't particularly difficult, it does take time and practice. A little knowledge will take you far, and understanding where to start and what tools you'll need is the best way…
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How To Maintain the Cooling System On Your Boat

How to Maintain the Cooling System on Your Boat

January 2, 2020

Your cooling system is an important feature of your boat, and one you probably don’t think about much, especially if you have an open cooling system. After all, the water is keeping your engine cool pretty much all the time, so how hard could it be to maintain a boat cooling system? If you do it right, not very hard. That said, it's still very important to know how to maintain a marine cooling system to make sure it doesn't fail you at a critical moment. Here are some useful tips on maintaining the cooling system on your boat. Marine…
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4 Ways to Keep Your Engine Healthy During Winter

Four Ways to Keep Your Engine Healthy During Winter

December 19, 2019

When you store your boat for winter, you're already looking forward to spring. But before you roll on a tarp and close the door, it pays to know how to winterize your boat engine. It only takes one cold snap to leave an unprotected boat with a cracked block and its owner with a hefty bill. In the U.S., the more temperate southern states have the highest number of insurance claims due to freezing damage, as boat owners in these mild climates are more likely to gamble on the weather rather than undertake winterization. However, since you can accomplish essential…
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