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Why Are Marine Surveys Important When Purchasing a Boat?

A big financial decision such as buying a boat should never be made lightly and without previous detailed checks. The process of checking the vessel you are interested in is called pre-purchase.

The most important part of this process is a marine survey. If you are planning to buy a boat, you need to seriously consider doing a marine survey. Marine surveys in San Diego are quite easy to find since San Diego is a busy port town. However, if you are looking for top quality, consider hiring someone with a solid reputation and experience.


What Kind of a Woodward Governor do you need?

Woodward governors are a staple of many diesel engines. The governor is a part of a diesel engine that monitors and regulates the amount of fuel fed to the engine. This way, the governor actually determines the speed of the boat. Without a governor, a diesel engine would have no throttle control or the ability to change or maintain the speed.

It is therefore vital to keep this part functioning properly and to know how to adjust it to your liking and needs. There are several different types of Woodward governors, but their operating principle is the same, and they largely have the same functions. If you are unsure about tuning the governor, or you need spare Woodward governor parts, find a reliable partner to help you. PCE functions as an Authorized Independent Service Facility for Woodward governors.


4 Signs That You Need to Repair or Replace Your Hydraulic Pump

Hydraulic pumps have a versatile role in our modern society. If you are a boat owner, you know how vital this piece of equipment is for steering. Essentially, without them, steering a high power boat would be virtually impossible. That’s why it is vital to keep the pump running smoothly. 

It is especially important if you want to be autonomous for longer periods of time. Being away from other people out at sea does sound appealing, but if your hydraulic pump malfunctions there, you may find yourself stranded far from help. So make sure you check your hydraulic pump for these signs before setting off.


3 Most Common Fuel Contamination Symptoms

One of the most common problems with marine diesel engines is fuel contamination. Every boat owner should be on the lookout for signs of fuel contamination or degradation. Both of these issues can severely hinder the engine’s performance or worse, render it useless.

Fuel contamination occurs with both white and red diesel, as well as biodiesel and kerosene. Even a small amount of the contaminant could impact your engine’s performance. In this article, the experts at PCE, one of the most respected ship repair companies in San Diego, list the three most common signs your fuel supply might be contaminated.


5.9 Cummins repair vs. 6.7 Cummins repair – Which One is Easier?

The two staples of Cummins diesel engines are the 5.9l and the 6.7l models. However, neither of them is without faults. So, which of these two engines should you choose and why? We will look at common problems, maintenance, as well as some other general characteristics. Ultimately, the choice is yours, and whatever you choose, you will always want to have a reliable mechanics shop to help you out.

PCE is a San Diego company experienced with everything diesel related. We have been around for over 40 years.
Here are some facts about the two versions of the Cummings diesel engine.


Everything you need to know about Volvo injector repair

Whether due to a malfunction or due to the regular wear and tear, you will have to replace or repair your fuel injectors in any engine. Some engine manufacturers are very specific in their fuel injector design, so only experts can actually help you with this problem. 

Some other companies make it very easy for pretty much anyone with the minimal skill to repair or replace. However, it is a good idea to at least contact a reliable mechanic before you attempt a Volvo injector repair.


What does the Extended Cummins Warranty cover?

It is standard practice in the USA and in most other areas of the world that the producers of goods guarantee for the quality of their products. Most commonly, they promise that the product will work without a problem for a set period of time. 

In case something goes wrong, the company is held accountable, and repairs or replaces the product free of charge. That’s the idea, anyway. However, some companies craft their warranties so cunningly and unintelligibly that no one is sure what they are offering.

Buying a big diesel engine is no small investment. Therefore you should know what kind of warranty the manufacturer offers. Cummins is a famous company with good reputation. However, it can’t hurt to seriously delve into the kind of warranty they are offering for their engines.

The statement is over 200 pages long. However, this is a unified warranty for all their products, so only a part of this document is really related to the product you have bought.


What the Serial Number Tells Us about Your Volvo Penta Marine Engine

If you own a Volvo Penta marine engine you’ve no doubt noticed a metal tag engrossed on the engine or the outdrive. That metal tag contains the serial number and the engine identification. Whenever you contact a marine engine service to schedule routine maintenance for your Volvo Penta or have your engine inspected or repaired, the staff will ask you for the serial number first.


Common Rail Injector Maintenance: The Best Way to Keep Your Volvo Penta in Its Prime

The safest way to ensure your Volvo Penta diesel engine performs its best is to keep its common rail injectors clean and make sure they are operating properly. If the fuel injectors are not subjected to regular cleaning and maintenance, your engine will not deliver optimal results and will use far more fuel than it should.

If not cleaned regularly, deposits build up on the injector tips. This usually happens once the engine is shut down and there is still some fuel left on the fuel injector tips. These deposits interfere and mix with the clean fuel and can significantly hinder your engine’s performance.


Different Types of Marine Diesel Engines

Most contemporary boats run on diesel engines. In fact, diesel engines have been the powerhouses of boats for over 100 years. The first one was installed in a Danish ship Selandia in 1912. If you are looking to buy a boat, or are thinking of rebuilding your boat, one of the most important things on board is the engine. There are several different types of marine diesel engines to choose from. All have some advantages and some drawbacks. Listed below is a brief description of all types.


Why do boats have a diesel generator?

A large majority of boats are powered by diesel engines. These powerful machines are typically strong enough to provide propulsion and electricity for the whole vessel. However, these machines are also quite loud and can consume a lot of fuel. While the boat is moving, the main engine runs and powers everything on it.

 However, when the boat stops somewhere, main engines are typically shut off in order to save fuel. There is a drawback there; all the electricity is now provided by your onboard batteries. As with all batteries, their charge is far from infinite. Once the batteries are depleted, you have to restart your engine just to charge them again. Or, rather, you would have to do that if your boat didn’t have a power generator.


Fuel Injection San Diego Experts Explain the Basics of CRDI

Common rail Direct Injection or CRDI is a system used to inject fuel into the cylinders of a diesel engine directly, via a single line known as the common rail. This line is connected to all the fuel injectors inside the engine.
Traditional fuel-injection systems used in diesel engines relied on building up pressure for every injection cycle. The new systems maintain a constant pressure level at all times so that it is available through the fuel line at all times. The engine regulates the pressure depending on the load and the speed of the engine.

An electronic unit or ECU adjusts the pressure using sophisticated sensors placed throughout the engine. This way, injection and compression are independent and fuel can be injected when needed. This helps reduce dangerous emissions and saves valuable fuel.


Finding and Fixing Common Marine Diesel Engine Issues at Sea

Having your ship subjected to routine maintenance by a reputable and reliable company that specializes in ship repair in San Diego is the best way to ensure your diesel engine does not break down out in the sea. But sometimes unpredictable circumstances can lead to the engine breaking down when you need it the most. Fortunately, troubleshooting diesel engine issues is not that difficult and every ship owner needs to learn how to do it for this particular reason.

When a diesel engine stops it is likely because one of the many processes gets interrupted. If you can find what went wrong and set it back on track, you will be able to get the engine going again. If not, you may need to hire an expert to examine what went wrong.
In this article, we are going to list some of the most common causes of a diesel engine failure, how to identify them and most importantly how to fix them.


Is a diesel engine a good choice for a truck?

Americans are used to a certain type of vehicle. Traditionally termed ‘gas guzzlers’, these are large trucks or SUVs typically paired with massive engines. Both gasoline and diesel engines are available, and the choice is left for the individual consumer to make. So, what should you pick if you are getting a big truck?


Troubleshooting Cold Start Issues with Volvo Penta Repair San Diego Experts

Volvo Penta marine diesel engines are prone to cold start issues that result in smoke, possibly more than any other engines by their competitors. Luckily, these issues can be found and resolved after a thorough checkup and elimination of all potential causes.
These engines have been on the market for quite a while and despite an occasional issue remain one of the best choices for most cruisers. That said, one of the most common issues with Volvo Penta marine engines is that they develop smoke after a cold start, provided they start in the first place.


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