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Old 07-28-2010
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Help! Leaking Injector Pump

Woo-hoo!! My first diesel engine problem... (I guess the second really, after flat batteries on the weekend would have made us late for the start of the race if the start hadn't been delayed by lack of wind!)

Went down to the boat yesterday to sort out the afore-mentioned electrical issues and noticed diesel in the bilge. Having a closer look at the engine, I noticed diesel dripping out from under one corner of the fuel injector plate-thinghy (under the rusty-looking bolt lower left corner - the paint has flaked off..)


The engine is a Volvo MD2040, but the nameplates have been painted over or missing entirely so I have no idea what series it is (either A or B). I haven't had the courage yet to try to take the plate right off because:
a) I don't know what gaskets are required.
b) The injector lines aren't very flexible and I don't want to stuff anything else.
c) I don't have a Workshop Manual or even know how to get one.

Any ideas how best to fix this? Is this likely to be just a gasket thing or is there something else going on?

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