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What precautions should I take before starting my Perkins 4-108 after it has been sitting idle for a year beyond checking oil and water? It was not "winterized" as the only icey roads we see down here is when someone tosses his bourbon on the rocks out his car window.
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You might consider changing out the impeller...dry for a year could end up in pieces in your heat exchanger.
Also..change our your Racor filter as all sorts of things could be growing in your diesel fuel tanks by now. (A fuel poilish would be a good idea.)
Work the manual fuel lift pump lever on the engine to insure the diaphragm has not cracked and you get good fuel pressure at start up.
Then crank her up! (Change oil at first opportunity as there are probably acids and contaminants built up.)
Good luck!

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Thanks, I completely forgot about the impeller and would have done so until the overheat alarm went off right after the engine was ruined!
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I think it will probably start ok. Don't try to run the starter for too long. Try it in bursts, perhaps 30 seconds apart. If the starter has to run for a long time, SHUT THE COOLANT THROUGH-HULL!!!!!... or the exhaust will fill with too much water and often it invades the combustion chambers.

Check that you are circulating water once it starts.

Damn good engine too, and reasonable spare part prices.
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