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The Benefits of Freshwater Flushing Marine Diesel Engines

The Benefits of Freshwater Flushing 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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Understanding Fuel Line Sizes vs. Fuel Supply Restriction

Understanding Fuel Line Sizes vs. Fuel Supply Restriction

March 19, 2020

When it comes to fuel line sizes vs. fuel supply restriction — also known as pressure drop — there is a lot of misinformation in the marine industry. And it is essential to have a clear understanding of the relationship between fuel line size and fuel pressure if you are planning a fuel delivery system. When pressure loss caused by fuel line size is not taken into account, the fuel system will end up functioning incorrectly.   Does Fuel Line Size Matter? Fuel line size is an essential factor for marine diesel engines. The diameter and length of the line…
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How to Check Injector on Diesel Engine

March 12, 2020

Proper maintenance of your diesel engine is essential to making sure it functions properly. One important feature is the fuel injector. Fuel injectors keep track of the amount of fuel entering the engine. Without the right level of care, fuel injectors can easily wear out or fail completely, causing your engine not to start or the exhaust to smoke. While it's not always easy to tell if the injectors are the problem, there are some symptoms to look out for and ways to check in order to determine what the issue may be.   What Are the Symptoms of a…
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Excessive Oil Consumption in Diesel Engines

Excessive Oil Consumption in Diesel Engines

March 11, 2020

How much oil consumption is normal for a marine engine depends on many factors, such as the engine model, environment, type of boat, hours, load and application. The best thing you can do is refer to your manufacturer’s manual. When your diesel engine begins to consume more than what’s normal, you’ll want to act fast to keep your commercial engine at optimal operating levels. Diesel Pro Power will take you through what causes excessive engine oil consumption and the impact it has on your operations. The more insight you have, the better you’ll be able to combat the internal issues.   What Is…
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Find My Detroit Diesel Engine

Where to Find My Detroit Diesel Engine Serial Number

March 5, 2020

When you need to order replacement parts and supplies, or you're talking to a technician about repairs, it's essential to be able to provide your accurate Detroit Diesel engine serial number. The items you are ordering are specifically made for your particular engine and can not only vary by make and year but also within the same models. Knowing where to find Detroit Diesel engine serial numbers is the best way to ensure you get the correct information and the right parts every time. While the engine ESN is commonly on the data plate of newer models, the process of finding where…
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How to Detect If Your Fuel Pump Has Gone Bad

How to Detect If Your Fuel Pump Has Gone Bad

February 27, 2020

Your boat's fuel pump moves fuel to a cylinder to generate energy in the engine. When this part breaks or begins to fail, it can cause problems with running or starting your boat. Learn how to identify a failing diesel fuel pump so you can replace it. Causes of a Failing Fuel Pump of a Diesel Engine A broken fuel pump can have causes like: - Too much water getting in your diesel fuel, making its way to your cylinder and overwhelming the filter - Algae or fungi growing in your fuel tank - Dirt, water or microbes in your fuel tank getting churned…
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