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How Do Diesel Engines Work?

How Do Diesel Engines Work?

November 6, 2019

From shipping trucks and school buses to yachts and cargo ships, diesel engines power many of the world's vehicles. Diesel engines in boats, trains and trucks transport goods and products all over the world — roughly 94% of freight is shipped in diesel-powered vehicles. Heavy-duty equipment on farms and construction sites is typically powered by diesel engines. Military vehicles and industrial facilities employ diesel engines, as well. Diesel engines are also common in passenger cars, especially in Europe. What makes diesel engines so popular in these applications? Not that long ago, a major answer to that question was price. Historically, diesel fuel was cheaper…
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Cummins Engine Troubleshooting Guide

Common Cummins Engine Problems & Troubleshooting Guide

November 6, 2019

Owning a diesel vehicle can greatly benefit you or your company, and a Cummins diesel engine is a reliable choice. The Cummins name is synonymous with innovation and quality, providing power for everything from trucks to marine vehicles and mining equipment. However, like any other machine, a Cummins diesel engine has to be regularly maintained and even then, wear and aging may introduce some common issues. Luckily, typical Cummins problems are easy to troubleshoot without too much hassle. You have to be sure you can correctly identify the problem and repair it at the source. This guide will take you…
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Top Troubleshooting Tips for Common Yacht Issues

Guide to Troubleshooting Common Boat Engine Problems

November 5, 2019

When you are out on your boat, troubleshooting an issue like engine overheating is not something you want to be dealing with. Unfortunately, like any vehicle, yachts and other large boats with marine diesel engines sometimes have mechanical issues that may require repair and can keep you from enjoying your day on the water. However, that doesn't have to be the case. Some boat problems can be avoided with some simple maintenance. Other more major problems will require repairs in dock. And some, you may just be able to solve yourself if they strike you while out at sea. By…
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How to Choose a Diesel Engine Rebuild Kit

November 5, 2019

Marine diesel engines have unmatched longevity and durability, rarely requiring rebuilds. Because they are much more efficient than gasoline engines, marine diesel engines can last thousands of hours. If you only put in the average boater's 200 hours a year, your boat's diesel engine could last 40 years. However, even the most well-cared-for diesel motors can wear out, especially if you put in long hours on the water. Instead of replacing the engine, rebuild it to restore it to like-new operation. But how do you tell if your engine needs a rebuild or just one or two parts replaced? And…
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Breaking In a Diesel Engine

November 5, 2019

Whether you've just purchased a brand new boat, or are refurbishing or rebuilding an older one to take out to sea, it's essential to understand the proper procedures for breaking in a diesel engine. While manufacturers and professional technicians can precision-build the parts and components that make up your outboard or inboard diesel engine, following new engine break-in procedures are vital for allowing cylinder and ring surfaces to set and seal in place for a perfect fit. Running a marine engine break-in procedure will improve your overall performance, extend your engine's life and prevent excessive oil consumption that can cost…
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Common Turbo Problems and Failures

November 5, 2019

Many different types of engines utilize turbochargers to provide a boost of power and efficiency. A turbo, or turbine-driven forced induction device, functions by pushing extra air into the cylinders of your engine for increased horsepower without burning more fuel. While typically a long-lasting and reliable component, there are several common turbo problems that can lead to anything from diminished performance to extensive, irreparable damage to the engine and related systems. Signs of a Bad Turbo Paying close attention to how your engine is operating and performing regular service and inspections is a smart way to stay on top of engine…
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