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Old 03-04-2012
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How to destroy a diesel in one easy step...

The experience of last weekend, where I thought I had sucked water back from my exhaust into my cylinders scared the $hit out of me. I don't fear too many things on my boat anymore, but $$$uddenly ruining my diesel for good is one of them.

So how can one destroy a perfectly good diesel? Lets get a list going. Let's also get a parallel list of how to prevent destruction. Of course proper maintenance, inspections, etc is assumed. This list is meant to be of the sudden causes of premature death.

Ways to ruin your diesel:

1. Loosing oil pressure.
--Prevent by installing a gauge and audible alarm.

2. Overheating.
--Prevent by installing a gauge and audible alarm.

3. Filling your exhaust circuit with water while cranking when cold starting.
--Modify starting system and engine to improve cold starting. Crank with raw water closed. Install raw water diverter for use when cranking for long periods.

I have a sauna on my boat, therefore I win.
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