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Re: Perkins diesel questions
If you have always had Yanmars, you've probably had gear drive trannys, whereas the Perkins is usually paired with a Borg-Warner Velvet drive tranny. Completely different beasts. Always check the fluid in your BW before operating the engine. It is supposed to be checked when warm, but that's so inconvenient that most just do it cold and note that the fluid level remains the same. The biggest difference between the two trannies is that the BW is hydraulic and will not stop the prop from rotating while sailing. Though BW now maintains that the spinning under 10 knots or so isn't a problem, it is noisy and personally, I don't feel comfortable about letting it spin for long periods or speeds above 6 knots. Therefore, I'm more comfortable with a shaft brake or a feathering prop on a BW tranny.
Also, if possible, note the reduction ratio on the tag before it gets painted or worn away.
Perkins puts an absolutely ridiculous multi-piece secondary fuel filter on the engine, however, there is a spin on filter kit that is worth every penny. Also, if the oil filter is not in a convenient place, definitely purchase and install a remote kit to facilitate oil changes. These are much more lightly built engines than the Yanmars and frequent maintenance will help them last longer with fewer problems. Make sure you do not let the engine overheat! They aren't very forgiving about that.
These engines have been around a long time and you should be able to get parts almost anywhere in the world, but TAD is definitely a good supplier.
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Last edited by capta; 05-25-2019 at 05:24 PM.