Maintenance Tip of the Week: Oil 05/18/2015

 

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Oil

 

The oil change intervals in your manual should be regarded as minimum service periods. If the vessel will be operating under harsh conditions, or sitting immobile for long periods of time, change the oil more frequently.

 

 

 

Maintenance Tip of the Week: Mounts 05/11/2015

 

 

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Engine Mounts

Engines vibrate considerably when operating, and bolts on the mounts can sometimes work themselves loose. Periodically re-torque the mount bolts to ensure that they are properly tightened.

 

 

 

Maintenance Tip of the Week: Gaskets 05/04/2015

 

 

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Gaskets

Always replace gaskets as a set, and not individually. Gaskets are exposed to harsh environmental conditions, and need to seal properly. If one fails, the rest will soon follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Belts 04/27/2015

 

 

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Belts 04/27/2015

NEVER replace belts on a marine engine with automotive belts. Belts manufactured for land use cannot withstand the extreme marine environment, and are likely to prematurely fail. Always use OEM belts as recommended in your manual, tightened to the correct tension, for the longest and most reliable engine life cycle.

 

 

 

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Sludge 04/20/2015

 

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Sludge

When changing oil filters, inspect the old filter for excessive sludge, metallic bits, or rubbish. This is a leading indicator of serious mechanical wear in the cylinders, pistons, and other engine components.

 

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Noise 04/13/2015

 

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Noise

Excessive or unusual noise is often a leading indicator of serious mechanical problems, usually related to bearings or turbochargers. Any unusual noise should be investigated immediately before further operation in order to identify its’ source.

 

 

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Oil Filters 04/06/2015

 

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Oil Filters

Operations under high load factors or extreme environmental conditions can greatly shorten oil life and oil quality. When the vessel is operated under such circumstances, more frequent changes of oil and oil filters than indicated in your manual may be necessary in order to prevent engine damage. Oil sampling and testing on a periodic basis can help ensure trouble free operation of your engines.

 

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Zincs 03/30/2015

 

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Zincs

Zinc anodes are one of the most important maintenance items for your boat. Always make certain that zincs are replaced when necessary, even if they are not yet scheduled in the manual. Differences in seawater salinity and temperature can greatly increase the amount of zincs required, as can the installation of new equipment on the vessel.

 

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Grease 03/23/2015

 

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Grease

Avoid using graphite grease, which can increase the rate of corrosion. Instead, use lithium grease which can limit galvanic corrosion.

 

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Heat Exchanger 03/16/2015

 

Maintenance Tip of the Week – Heat Exchangers

Periodically inspect and clean your heat exchangers as detailed in your MarineDiesel manual. Corrosion and scaling can build up over time, and the heat exchanger is a vital part of your engine’s cooling system.