Maintenance Tip of the Week: Fuel Filters 11/02/2015

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Fuel Filters 11/02/2015

Always use the correct size of fuel filter, as specified in your manual (most Marinediesel engines require 10 micron size). Incorrect, or cheap, fuel filters can seriously damage your engine, especially in locations where fuel quality is a problem. Inexpensive fuel filters are often of poor quality and are usually not much cheaper than quality brands.

Maintenance Tip of the Week: Zincs 10/26/2015

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Zincs 10/26/2015

The pencil zincs your engine came with are absolutely critical to preventing galvanic corrosion, which can ruin your engine very quickly. Always change your zinc anodes after 100 hours of operation, more frequently if the vessel is in water with high salinity or if the vessel is inoperative in the water for an extended period of time. Zincs are cheap protection.

Maintenance Tip of the Week: Raw water pump 10/19/2015

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Raw Water Pump 10/19/2015

The raw water pump on your engine is critical for the cooling system. Under heavy load, your engine’s raw water pump can fail, making inspection a critical maintenance task. Always check for corrosion, leaks, and seal before operating your engines and as part of Marinediesel’s recommended maintenance schedule.

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Exhaust Risers 10/12/2015

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Exhaust Risers 10/12/2015

Always inspect your exhaust risers and gaskets for corrosion as stated in your manual’s maintenance schedule. Exhaust riser failure is a leading indicator of critical, and very expensive, engine damage.

Maintenance Tip of the Week: Oil 10/05/2015

Maintenance Tip of the Week – oil 10/05/2015

Always use the proper SAE oil when changing the oil in your engine. Marinediesel has tested its engines for many hours to determine the correct oil type, and using the proper oil, as specified in your manual, can easily extend your engine life by as much as 50%.

Maintenance Tip of the Week: Diesel Spill 06/22/2015

 

 

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Diesel Spill

If you spill diesel fuel in an engine room, the smell can quickly become quite strong. Scented dishwashing liquid (a degreaser) can help remove the smell. For some reason, a mixture of baking soda and Coca Cola dabbed on the spot can also remove the smell.

 

 

 

Maintenance Tip of the Week: Alternator 06/15/2015

 

 

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Alternator

Always check the alternator to ensure that it is tight and the bolts are properly torqued. At the same time check the belts for wear and tension. A belt tensioner is cheap and ensures that your electrical system does not fail due to belts becoming loose.

 

 

Maintenance Tip of the Week: Batteries 06/08/2015

 

 

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Batteries

Electrical system problems are fairly common and are usually simple to fix. Vibration often loosens connections and connectors can easily become dirty in the marine environment. Checking your electrical connections frequently and periodically can help prevent engine starting problems.

 

 

Maintenance Tip of the Week: Heat Exchanger 06/01/2015

 

 

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Heat Exchanger

On MarineDiesel engines, removing the heat exchanger for cleaning is a big job, one best done during overhaul. Heat exchangers develop scaling and corrosion over time and must be periodically cleaned. Unlike on older diesel engines, this job is best performed by a trained MarineDiesel distributor.

 

 

 

Maintenance Tip of the Week: Impeller 05/25/2015

 

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Impeller

Impellers should be replaced according to the schedule in your manual. Impellers tend to wear out and no longer pump water efficiently over time. When replacing the impeller, a coating of olive oil can help seal the pump.