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Re: Diesel Mechanic needed in Marathon - urgent

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Getting services away from the dock is hard in most places. You don't have to drop many tools in the water before you start thinking taking a customer dinghy out to a boat isn't the best idea ever.

Nevertheless, some of us learn slowly and continue to serve those anchored out or on moorings.

The VHF net is a good bet.

Metal on metal sounds are generally not good. Best of luck.
My husband has most tools on board and took the engine apart. He just needed somebody who has a better idea than he what it might be...We met somebody who checked the motor with him - they couldn't find any noise when turning the motor " by hand"...It might be only an issue with the fuel injectors...
Let's hope for the best!

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We found somebody here who looked at the motor after my husband took it apart. If we are lucky, it's only something with the fuel injectors. There was no sound when he turned the engine "by hand"... Let's hope for the best.
That actually sounds good. Do you have a drive saver or flex plate? perhaps it sheered. that would explain the metallic sound, could be transmission as well. both are unlikely to stall a motor, but it could if it seized up. Being able to hand crank the motor is a very good sign. I would start with hand cranking in neutral, then in gear. If it will not crank in gear, or is much harder then you look at drive train, stuffing box, cutlass bearing and the like. Did you check the oil levels and coolant? Make sure the coolant is clear colored with antifreeze not black or brown goo. If the oil looks like a milk shake that is bad news as well. I would start with the external parts like alternator and water pumps. Then work your way into the motor. You want to eliminate the easier stuff first. Jumping to conclusions can give you unneeded stress. Really could be something simple, and often is.
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Re: Diesel Mechanic needed in Marathon - urgent

What Miatapaul says is good advice. It is easy to just start ripping the engine apart and creating a lot of unnecessary work when something like this happens. I second the notion of starting with the easy stuff. If you can crank it over by hand, see if it feels like it's building up compression by eliminating all but one cylinder at a time. Turn over SLOWLY with a bar or something (keeping clear). You should be able to feel compression building up in each cylinder as you turn it over. If not, then you may have valve, piston or rod troubles. Try to eliminate things in sequence. Check the starter. Maybe the bendix is malfunctioning and jamming the ring gear. Did you possibly foul something with your prop? This can bring an abrupt halt to engine rotation and create all kinds of nasty noise. Good luck, Hope it's something easy.
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Re: Diesel Mechanic needed in Marathon - urgent

Call Keys Diesel. They are almost right across the street from where you are. They have done work for us in the past. Chuck
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