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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...
Thanks Denise. We found pieces of the springs inside the starter when we pulled it. Neither the surveyor nor the captain said they heard anything that sounded like a loose spring inside the engine prior to the failure (I'm both new to diesel engines and hearing impaired, so you don't want to trust my ears in this case). That's part of what makes me think it wasn't just poor maintenance, but rather an accident that caused the failure.
To the DIY question, putting aside the time issue (we have lots going on lately), I don't have a dial guage, and wouldn't know what to look for if I were to rebuild this myself. I'm not set up for dragging the engine back, either, and don't relish the thought of trying to do all of this hunched over the engine. Plus, I'm not set up to, and wouldn't know how to, handle the alignment once everything was back together. It seems to me that I need the marina/another experienced mechanic to do that stuff, and that's a good chunk of the cost of the repairs. Yes, I'll still save money if I do some of this myself, but that's going to slow things down, and I'm not sure I'll save all that much, either.
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