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Restarting Engine after 5 years

So I'm about to get my engine (Westerbeke w-22) running again after having it sit for 5 years. I added fuel stabilizer and winterized the engine before I put it to bed long ago, but I'm wondering what are the minimum things I need to do to get it started without ruining everything.

The things I suspect I need to do are:
1. Drain fuel tank and fuel lines to get rid of old/crappy fuel.
2. Replace raw water impeller.
3. ?????
4. ?????

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Re: Restarting Engine after 5 years

well first see if its not seized...does your engine have decomp levers? make sure it turns freely

then start dealing with the other things

I would suggest at the minimum, oil change and all fuel and oil filters, check fuel pump and diaphragms and use new fresh fuel with maybe an additive to "clean" injectors if you dont want to take them off initially

use a spearate tank for that while you clean your main take and lines...

if it wont start you have to start taking things apart and diagnosing but Ive seen some diesels look like crap start right up after being left to rot for decades...

of course before that a new air filter, make sure no mice or animals are inside the intake, exhaust isnt plugged, flange and elbow are clear

I would check the impeller(s)

all the usual suspects...

good luck

an important issue is was the boat dry docked or in the water...?

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Re: Restarting Engine after 5 years

#1 = FEEL REALLY BAD, GUILTY, AND HUMILIATED FOR LEAVING IT SIT!!!

just saying... not that I really want you to feel bad Good luck!

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Re: Restarting Engine after 5 years

5 years, nothing. Start it up. make sure the seacock is open.


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#1 = FEEL REALLY BAD, GUILTY, AND HUMILIATED FOR LEAVING IT SIT!!!

just saying... not that I really want you to feel bad Good luck!
Oh, I do feel guilty... It is keeping me up nights thinking about how to tackle the project. Now that I have fixed the rest of the boat, I can't avoid it any longer...


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Re: Restarting Engine after 5 years

did you at least close the intake and protect it from the air or was it left "exposed" and again was it in dry storage or oin the water

if in the water its very probable you have rusty cylinders...however diesels are so damn robust a quick spray of oil or wd 40 and a few turns over is enough...

just make sure you are not seized.

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After a lifetime in the HVAC biz I used to tell clients to "check run" the AC BEFORE the start of hot weather... well it never really was worth the breath it took to tell them.
we all let things go...

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did you at least close the intake and protect it from the air or was it left "exposed" and again was it in dry storage or in the water
I didn't close the intake, but it has been in a dry shed for the entire time. I have turned the engine over by hand once or twice a month during that period just to make sure nothing seizes up, but I am not much of an engine guy (if I could I would throw the whole thing over and use it to anchor the boat, but I can't sail everywhere).
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Re: Restarting Engine after 5 years

just spray the intake lightly....thats good you always turned it over

you know its free
diesels are robust...

do whats been said above by us and youll be back in business

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Re: Restarting Engine after 5 years

Thanks all,
I'll let everyone know how it turns out when I tackle it next week.


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