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I am looking for an online tutorial or course in small diesel engines. I have a 25 HP diesel in my sailboat and would like to be able to do the maintenance and repairs myself. Any suggestions out there?
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I am looking for an online tutorial or course in small diesel engines. I have a 25 HP diesel in my sailboat and would like to be able to do the maintenance and repairs myself. Any suggestions out there?
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Hi J,

I don't have any online courses to suggest, but can highly recommend the following books:

Marine Diesel Engines Maintenance and Troubleshooting Guide by Nigel Calder [This is my go-to book for troubleshooting and maintenance...]

Diesels Afloat by Pat Manley [Best general overview and illustrations]

In case this is of interest.

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Re: small diesel maintenance course

Several sailing schools offer Marine Diesel courses in the off season (the school that I work for as an example)... Mack Boring also offers a course.

Where are you located? What brand of motor?


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Re: small diesel maintenance course

People rave about the Mack Boring courses. Way more intense than just oil changes, but the knowledge alone will pay itself back by multiples over the years. Just being able to diagnose a problem and source a part, could save hundreds of dollars, even if you had to pay someone to install it.
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Re: small diesel maintenance course

Out here in Puget Sound our local university SeaGrant program runs diesel courses. Might google SeaGrant in your area, it's af federal program.

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As a female, I looked at my diesel engine as this ridiculously complicated beast that somehow needed to be fed and watered on a regular basis so that it would run when I told it to. I started with an oil change. Looked it up on YouTube. Then pulled the heat exhanger apart. Was in San Diego where the local Yanmar dealer could tell me things like "you know, there is an end piece like this" when I asked him how to clean the parts. Then replaced the belts, and the fuel filter and the oil filter. Got a little stumped and press for time when I needed to replace the secondary fuel filter so hired a giu to show me the ropes. THEN, about a year later, I took a class with a San Francisco Yanmar dealer and learned how to jump start my engine with a quarter if the starter ever shorts out....saved my bacon single handing one day months later. It was worth it's weight in gold to know stuff like that. The class also impressed upon me the importance of knowing how to bleed the engine. Also saved my arse one day. The moral of this diatribe is that the engine is pretty straight forward. Just start. On one thing. Then find another thing to work on. The book recommended above is also super to have.
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I took a class with a San Francisco Yanmar dealer and learned how to jump start my engine with a quarter if the starter ever shorts out
Please tell me about this--we had starter issues recently and this might have come in handy!

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OMG, what a cool trick to start your engine by bypassing the starter panel. I'very heard people have used screwdrivers to make this connection. Mine's a Yanmar 3GM30F and the starter motor and the solenoid (I think it is) are spaced just wide enough for a quarter to bridge the gap. It makes me jump to do it but a joy to get the engine to turn over rather than ask a friend to tow you back to the dock late on a Saturday after a race. A GREAT book to get is Peter Compton's Troubleshooting Marine Diesels. I highly, highly recommend it.
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Oh, I did mean starter panel and not the starter itself. My engine does not have one of those cranks to get it to turn over by hand, but I think it can be done if you're really careful to get out of the way and not break an arm.....
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Re: small diesel maintenance course

If you can look at the end of the solenoid ,see big terminal from battery,small terminal from panel ,connect them with a conductor. Coin, tool,whatever too much messing can damage the threads but get you started. I usually have a short wire with aligator clips for trouble shooting, bleeding ect. Starting may require fuel solinoid energized or coil (gas engine) Hence the aligator clipsMost simple. If you can look at the end of the solenoid ,see big terminal from battery,small terminal from panel

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