Maintenance Tip of the Week: Air Filters 01/11/2015

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Air Filters 09/28/2015

Air filters are often neglected or forgotten as part of a maintenance plan. Always ensure that air filters are changed as suggested by your manual’s maintenance schedule. As a part of the combustion process, a supply of clean air is always required by the engine.

Maintenance Tip of the Week: Fuel Tank 01/04/2016

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Fuel Tanks 09/21/2015

Condensation can build up in fuel tanks very quickly. In order to reduce the likelihood of water contamination in your fuel, always operate your engines with the fuel tank as full as possible.

Maintenance Tip of the Week: Hoses 12/28/2015

Maintenance Tip of the Week – 12/28/2015

Before operating your engine, always check all hoses, clamps and fittings for leakage and wear, replacing them if necessary.

Maintenance Tip of the Week: Vessel Use 12/21/2015

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Vessel Use 12/21/2015

So, you have religiously followed the maintenance schedule for your engines as outlined in your manual. Everything should be good, right? Not necessarily. You need to pay attention to how you use your boat. If you only use your vessel 25 hours per year, fuel deteriorates, condensation occurs, and corrosion keeps up its’ never ending march. This is why your maintenance schedule is often broken down into time periods of use, as well as calendar time.

Diesel engines perform best when they are started and used frequently. Always follow the storage procedures as detailed in your manual if the vessel will be sitting idle for long periods of time.

Maintenance Tip of the Week: White Smoke 12/14/2015

Maintenance Tip of the Week – White Smoke 12/14/2015

Smoke is always a leading indicator of engine problems, normally fuel or combustion related. With the current emissions standards that require compliance from Marinediesel, you should never see smoke coming from your exhaust. That said, what does white smoke indicate?

1. Bad fuel quality (most common)

2. Problems with combustion

As to bad fuel quality, the first step should be to check the filtration and see what is causing the problem. Fuel treatment or enhanced filtration may solve the issue.

Regarding combustion, there are many causes: Pump failure, air filtration or exhaust pressure issue, clogged injectors, changes made to the ECU, worn gaskets or damaged manifolds.

If the fuel quality is good, then the presence of white smoke indicates that major service is absolutely necessary.

Maintenance Tip of the Week: Gearbox 12/07/2015

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Gearbox 12/07/2015

Always check the level of fluid in your gearbox according to the manual from the manufacturer. Ensure that the level is correct. Gearbox fluid may be checked either hot or cold.

Maintenance Tip of the Week: Fuel Filters 11/30/2015

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Fuel Filters 11/30/2015

When changing fuel filters, it is important to always “bleed” air from the fuel lines to ensure that the function properly and that the engine is not starved for fuel.

Maintenance Tip of the Week: Cruising Speed 11/23/2015

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Cruising Speed 11/23/2015

Your Marinediesel engine was rated to be operated at WOT (Wide Open Throttle) a certain percentage of the time. Indeed, your warranty lists the limitations of WOT operation. Exceeding these limitations and ignoring the recommended cruising speed of your engine drastically reduces the life of the engine. If you will need higher performance than our standard warranty allows, you need to advise your local Marinediesel distributor at the time of order so that the engines may be appropriately rated.

FRP – Is it the right service option for my business?

Vessel downtime is a bottom line killer. The costs of a vessel being out of service can far exceed the cost of maintenance or simply replacing an engine should failure occur.

Though Marinediesel are experts in manufacturing engines for heavy use and long life cycles, our engines occasionally break down and require repair.

The best way to minimize the cost of downtime on vessels with extremely critical operating schedules is Marinediesel’s FRP – Factory Replacement Program. All Marinediesel distributors are fully trained and can offer these service agreements.

The FRP ensures that should mechanical failure occur, the quickest possible maintenance will be immediately in force.

How does the program work?

  1. The customer contracts in advance with Marinediesel to provide a spare engine on loan at the MTBO.
  2. The existing engine is removed by the local distributor and sent to the factory for overhaul.
  3. When complete, the newly overhauled engine is returned to the customer and installed by the distributor.

What are the advantages of this type of contract?

  1. As the manufacturer, Marinediesel is well-positioned and equipped to completely overhaul the engine, quickly, correctly, and to “as new” standards.
  2. Vessel downtime is minimized. A spare is kept by the distributor locally. “Pop it out and drop it in”. Quickly, and with no bottom line impact.
  3. Maintenance costs are known in advance and kept under control. No surprises for unexpected “rush” or “express” services.
  4. While the engine is being overhauled, the latest upgrades can be performed at the same time.

If you are interested in FRP on your next project, simply contact Marinediesel or your local distributor for a quote.

Maintenance Tip of the Week: Vibration 11/16/2015

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Vibration 11/16/2015

Vibration is a leading indicator of engine, gearbox, shaft, and propeller problems. If, while underway, you feel an increase in vibration, or unusual vibration, the propulsion system must be inspected immediately as soon as it is safe to do so. Continued operation with damaged propellers or shafts will quickly ruin your gearbox and damage your engine (This type of repair is also usually very expensive).