Originally Posted by Frogwatch
Harborless's problems with a "runaway diesel" is so odd that I really want to know more. How can this happen when the Governor sets the max amount of fuel unless the governor isnt working? Bristol suggested that overfilled oil was allowing oil to be burned instead leading to runaway. Yes, I can imagine an engine continuuing to run on oil but to run away? I woulda thought that in order to run fast that good properties would be necessary and with just the oil, it isnt being injected right.
I've always found that REALLY understanding symptoms solves 90% of problems so we have to get a solid handle on them.
Never had a runaway myself. If it is not burning diesel fuel it is burning crankcase oil or oil vapors. Too much blow by vapors accumulating and condensing is a possibility, as is overfilling the crankcase.