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An Outboard Maintenance Checklist

If your boat has an outboard motor, it is very important that you keep it in top form if you want to prevent it from breaking down and costing you a lot of money in repairs.

Even if you’re not particularly tech-savvy, you can do the basic maintenance which will ensure that your boat is running without a hitch until your regular annual maintenance. When it comes to those regular maintenance checkups, make sure that you only entrust those to qualified and skilled mechanics. The premier San Diego ship repair facility at Propulsion Controls Engineering gives you some tips on how to keep your outboard in good condition.


Prolong the Life of Your Boat Engine

Just like any other machinery, a boat engine needs regular maintenance and care in order to ensure that it will have a long and productive life cycle. However, even with all the care in the world, it will eventually break down or lose power and you will need to repair or replace it. When it comes to maintenance and repairs, you need to have a reliable shipyard at hand whenever you need them. 

The premium San Diego ship repair facility Propulsion Controls Engineering tells you about some things you can do for your engine to make sure it lasts for a long time.


San Diego Ship Repair Expert Advice: How to Prevent Fuel Contamination

Just like humans, marine diesel engines become very susceptible to various issues at later ages. The most common issues the clients at our San Diego ship repair facility complain about come from using bad fuel. This is especially true for first-time boat owners who are unfamiliar with fuel contamination issues like the diesel bug and how they can impact the marine diesel engines.

You have to know that you have to pay attention to the fuel system maintenance throughout the year, not just during the sailing season. The same goes for when your boat is stored during the winter. There are many additives on the market claiming they can maintain the stability in both diesel fuel and gasoline during the period your boat is stored away unused. However, you also have to be careful where you buy the fuel. Fuel docks usually have pre-filters that prevent dangerous contaminants from wreaking havoc in your engine. But don’t rely too heavily on them.


How to Protect Your Engine from Salt Water

One of the biggest problems boats and boat engines have to deal with is the abrasive nature of salt water. They are in constant contact with ocean water and, over time, it can result in some serious corrosion damage.

However, there are ways to prevent that from happening, or at least minimizing this damage to ensure that your boat engine lasts you for a very long time. One of the first things you need to do if you are a boat owner is to find a good boat repair facility near you. In San Diego, ship repair and ship maintenance are best found at Propulsion Controls Engineering or PCE for short. Here are things you can do by yourself to protect your boat from the salt water.


Differences and Benefits of Repairing, Rebuilding and Remanufacturing Your Boat Engine

Boat engines are usually very durable and can last for a very long time without having any problems. However, once they do, you may be facing a really serious decision. What should you do with a failed engine? There are other things that can go wrong with a boat, but nothing is so problematic as an engine failure.

There are several options, including replacing the engine altogether, but seeing how it is expensive, most boat repair facilities do not recommend that you do this. At PCE, a ship repair facility in San Diego, experts say that your best options are repairing, rebuilding, or remanufacturing. However, each of these options have some advantages and some drawbacks.


Can You Leave Your Boat in the Water during the Winter

We already talked about how important it is to properly store your boat or yacht during the winter. Depending on where you live, the temperatures might get so low to seriously damage the parts of your boat, including the diesel engine and lead to a number of different problems ranging from aesthetic ones to those that might require you to have your boat inspected at a ship repair facility in San Diego.

However, a lot of people cannot afford to have their boats stored out of water at a marina. In that case, is it safe to leave your boat in your slip and in the water during the winter? The answer is yes in most questions, but depends on a number of factors. In this article, we’ll share some tips on how to store your boat in the water without suffering any damage.


Why Routine Maintenance Is Preferable to Pump Failure

We use a lot of pumps in our everyday lives, without even thinking about them. Building pumps are just one example, but as they are most often hidden away from view, we seldom think about them. Until they break down, that is.

However, there’s an easy way to prevent breakdowns and the cost which comes with that. Regular maintenance can really make a difference between a small repair which will ensure that the pump doesn’t need to stop working, as well as preventing major damage and a complete breakdown with a lot of downtime and potentially expensive repairs to get the pump to work again.


Simple Troubleshooting Tips for Your Submersible Pump

If you have problems with waterlogging in your basement or any other part of your property, for whatever reason, you know how much effort and time needs to be devoted to cleaning the mess up. However, submersible pumps help a great deal. 

Still, a lot of people are not familiar with proper maintenance of these important pieces of equipment. If you do not keep them well maintained, you may end up needing expensive repairs. Trying to find a pump service in San Diego is fairly easy, with PCE being at the forefront of the market for decades. However, before you take your pump, you may want to explore the possible things which can cause performance issues.


Look out for Diesel Bug When You Take Your Boat out of Storage

Diesel bug has become a huge problem for boat owners in the last couple of years. Any engine using biodiesel is prone to this issue, and with biodiesel becoming a marine standard, that means a lot of them. Diesel bug occurs when algae, bacteria, and mold develop in the fuel tank. When these microorganisms begin breeding, a film forms on the surface of the fuel. 

These microorganisms usually develop when there’s water in the tank. While these microbes use the fuel as food, water is necessary for them to grow and live. The waste these microbes create can wreak havoc in your engine. Your boat is especially at risk during the winter while it’s stored and inactive. If you left the fuel in the tank during the winter, you should check for signs of a diesel bug contamination before you take it out to the sea.


Prepare Your Pumps for Long-Term Storage

Pumps are very important and useful for a range of uses. They exist in boats, cars, industrial facilities and numerous other places. In most of those places, they need to operate daily and that can create wear and tear. We all know that, which is why we have regular pump maintenance.

However, if you are planning to store away your pump for whatever reason, or you have a spare one at home, you may not be aware that it also needs some attention, lest it breaks down while in storage.


Should Fuel Injector Service Become a Part of Your Routine Maintenance?

When it comes to fuel injectors, a lot of people don’t consider them a part which is worth repairing or even checking during the regular checkups. However, experts like San Diego’s PCE disagree; in fact, they point to the fact that it can dramatically improve the performance of your vehicle.

When having a regular checkup, don’t forget to tell your mechanic to do a fuel injector service. Even though they are not too expensive to replace, you can still prolong the life of your existing ones and save a few bucks. Here’s what you should know.


Common Issues with Boats in Winter

Having a boat is a great experience, but it can be quite a challenging one as well. If you live in the areas of the country which freeze over during the winter, you need to think about winterizing your boat. When it comes to San Diego, ship repair and maintenance doesn’t normally include this winterization, but the experts at PCE are still experienced and skilled enough to help you with this issue.

However, even if you have done everything right and stored your boat properly, there are some things which can happen to your boat. So, pay attention to these common problems boat owners have with their vessels in winter.


Boat Maintenance in the Fall

If you are not quite ready to pack up your boat for the season, you will need to do a few things to prepare your boat for the fall boating season. Many people claim that the fall is actually the best and the most beautiful season to go boating, but it may be a subjective feeling.

However, what is definitely not a subjective feeling is the need to keep your boat in top shape if you want to have smooth and uninterrupted boating. To ensure that, you will need to perform regular maintenance and an occasional repair. So, what can you do for your boat in the fall?


Should You Buy a New or a Refurbished Marine Diesel Engine

When your purring marine engine starts rumbling and grinding, the beast might just be beyond repair. If you’re less fortunate and your block is completely gone, you’re looking at several options: rebuild, buy a refurbished engine or buy a completely new one. 

Each of these options has its ups and downs, but the first thing boat owners look at is the price. However, you should not make that decision based on price alone. Depending on the age of your engine and where you used it, rebuilding it, for example, might be out of the question. On the other hand, a new engine could have a hefty price tag. In this article, the leading San Diego ship repair expert breaks down each choice.


How to Find Genuine Cummins Parts San Diego

What makes Cummins engines stand apart from their competitors is high-quality craftsmanship and friendly, professional service. Every engine, even a Cummins, might need a little help or a worn-out part replaced in order to keep functioning properly.

However, you have to be extra careful when choosing which parts to repair your Cummins engine with. Many owners of this unrivaled engine make a horrible mistake of using spare parts crafted by third-party manufacturers because they can be much cheaper than using original parts.

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