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Detroit Diesel 8V53 Turbo Troubleshooting

Detroit Diesel 8V53 Turbo Troubleshooting

The chart below shows the most common questions asked by owners of Detroit Diesel® engines 8V53 Turbo when trying to troubleshoot why their engines underperform.  It categorizes areas of possible malfunction, likely cause and recommended action to bring your new, rebuilt or used  Detroit Diesel® engine back to proper operation.  The chart will give you confidence when speaking with your Detroit Diesel® engine mechanic or ordering parts.  As a quick reference guide only, the chart must not be thought of as a substitute for the use of your Detroit Diesel® engine 8V53 Turbo Owner's operating or service manual.
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Engine will not startLack of air intake or restricted air intake
Broken blower shaft 
Worn out blower shaft 
Defective fuel pump 
Defective starter 
Discharged battery 
High exhaust back pressure 
Black smoke coming out of engine Defective injector 
Contaminated fuel 
Broken or worn cylinder parts 
Engine overloaded 
Faulty intercooler or aftercooler (for turbo engines only) 
White smoke coming out of engine Broken piston ring 
Incorrectly installed ring set 
Defective injector 
Fuel quality or grade 
Long idle periods 
Broken or bent push rod 
Injector or governor improperly adjusted 
Low engine oil pressure Water in engine oil pan 
Fuel in engine oil pan 
Defective oil cooler 
Engine overloaded 
Crankcase overfilled 
Low engine RPMImproperly working injector 
Governor calibration 
Hi engine RPMGovernor calibration 
Engine overheatingDefective fresh water pump 
Defective raw water pump (marine engines only) 
Defective thermostat or thermostat seal 
Clogged radiator or heat exchanger (marine engine only) 
Grey smoke coming out of engineLong idle periods 
Defective intercooler or aftercooler (for turbo engine only) 
Restricted air intake 
Defective injector 
Contaminated fuel 
Blower or turbocharger seals leaking 
Geartrain makes noises Low oil level 
Engine driven accesories 
Damage main or rod bearing 

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Detroit Diesel 8V53 Usefull Information 

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If there is any doubt as to which type of engine you have, look for the model number or the serial number on the engine block. The model number will always be an eight digit code, such as 5081-3000. Parts on this page work with engine models that start with 508. It is important to note that if you have a model number that has a 3 for the eight digit, such as 5081-3300 then you have a turbo engine.

These engines also have a serial number associate with them. This number will start with an 8D followed by numbers, such as 8D 123456.

This engine is also called the V8-53 or the 8V-53.

Horsepower, Torque and General Information

The 8V53 is a 2 cycle, 8 cylinder engine with displacement of 6.96 liters or 424 cubic inches. It has 5 main bearings, a stroke of 4.5 inches and a bore of 3.875 inches.

The cooling system has a capacity of 5 gallons.

All values below for the Detroit 8V53 engine are based on 85 degree F ambient temperature, at an elevation of 500 feet. Horsepower is measured as brake horsepower or shaft horsepower for marine use.

Basic Engine

• Torque with N40 or N45 injectors: 473 LB FT at 1500 RPM, 461 LB FT at 2000 RPM, 444 LB FT max at 2400 RPM.

• Brake Horsepower with N40 or N45 injectors: 135 at 1500 RPM, 176 at 2000 RPM, 203 at 2400 RPM.

Industrial Engine

• Torque with N45 injectors: 541 LB FT at 1500 RPM, 515 LB FT at 2000 RPM, 475 LB FT at 2500 RPM.

• Brake Horsepower (Rated): 155 at 1500 RPM, 195 at 2000 RPM, 226 at 2500 RPM.

• Brake Horsepower (Continuous): 128 at 1500 RPM, 159 at 2000 RPM, 173 max at 2400 RPM.

Marine Engine

• Shaft Horsepower (Rated): 158 at 1500 RPM, 210 at 2000 RPM, 240 at 2500 RPM.

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