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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.

Or are they?


What is Cummins Care Marine?

Cummins is among the top producers of marine engines and a variety of other marine and diesel equipment. However, even the best engines break down sometimes and they certainly need regular maintenance.

Fortunately, Cummins has a wide network of partners where you can get the best service and original parts. The most reliable place to get everything you need for your Cummins in San Diego is PCE. There you can get all the support you need on account of your Cummins Care Marine service. But what is Cummins Care Marine and what does it cover?


Are Refurbished Cummins Engines Good?

If your marine engine is on its last legs, you may already be considering a replacement. In most cases, it is useful to consider refurbished engines as well as new ones.

However, the problem with refurbished engines is that they can be a bit unreliable and you never know how well they will perform. Cummins refurbished engines, on the other hand, are done by the parent company itself and they call it ReCon. Here’s what you need to know about it before you decide if that is the best option for you.


Salvage Your Submerged Outboard, Part 2

In Part 1 of this article, we wrote about the initial steps when rebuilding an engine which spent some time under water. Naturally, the sooner you get it out of the water, the better. However, as we mentioned, you shouldn’t do it if you haven’t prepared everything else, or you risk rusting your engine and potentially ruining it completely.

In most cases, it’s best to hire a professional to do this. There are plenty of ship repair companies in San Diego, so you are spoilt for choice. Make sure that you check the credentials of the company before you hire them.


The Most Common Electric Motor Breakdowns

Electric motors work hard and over time can break down and cause you problems. Fortunately, there are some breakdowns which are more common than others, and if you spot some signs that could indicate a problem, you can probably save yourself a lot of money and a lot of frustration.

If you need an electric motor repair in San Diego, make sure that you check the credentials of the company you want to hire before you commit to anything.


Salvage Your Submerged Outboard, Part 1

Many people who live in the coastal areas of Southern USA have experienced hurricanes’ awesome power. Sadly, this year’s hurricanes have done extensive damage and caused billions of dollars’ worth of damage. Among these damages are boats, too.

So, what can you do if your outboard engine has been under water? Can you salvage it and make it run again? This process is called pickling, and here’s how it can be done. However, keep in mind that there’s a chance of an explosion, so it may be better to find a professional to help you. The best place to go for ship repair in San Diego is PCE.


How to Prepare Your Boat for Winter

Winter is coming, and with it, your boat is likely in for a hibernation cycle. If you want it to be in perfect shape when you take it out in the open next season you have to make sure you take several protective measures before you store your boat. The freezing temperatures are not your only or your worst enemy. Inactivity can really take a toll on the boat and all of its systems, and before long you’d be looking for a company specializing in diesel engine repair in San Diego.

A lot of these steps are related to general maintenance, not just mechanical stuff, but a lot of them are as vital as getting your engine or fuel tank winterized. Here are some of the most important ship winterization steps.


How to Recognize and Prevent a Diesel Bug Contamination in Your Engine

Diesel bug has always been a major issue for boat owners, especially in recent years. It develops when microbial bacteria, algae, and mold contaminate the fuel tank. They use water and other nutrients to grow into a slimy biofilm that floats on the fuel and spreads across the fuel systems. 

The microorganisms thrive in specific temperatures, around 86 degrees Fahrenheit. There are over 100 types of this bacteria, and some of them are even airborne. The water in a fuel tank is fertile ground for this menace to grow. Some breeds can grow from a fraction of a gram to more than 22lbs in a day. Others grow slower but can create problems nonetheless, as they release byproducts such as hydrogen sulfide.


The Most Common Boat Breakdowns, Part 2

We have published the first part of this guide to the most common breakdowns in boats recently. This part deals with some additional common problems.

If you’ve missed the first part of our guide to the most common boat breakdowns, you can find it here. San Diego ship repair experts here at Propulsion Controls Engineering (PCE) talk about boat breakdowns they encounter regularly.


The Most Common Boat Breakdowns, Part 1

Boating enthusiasts will tell you that there’s nothing better than going out to sea, no matter how old your boat is. However, if you’re not careful, your boat might break down and then you’ll be stuck in the middle of the ocean with a broken boat.

Here at Propulsion Controls Engineering (PCE), one of the most respectable ship repair companies in San Diego, our mechanics are often tasked with fixing a few common issues, no matter the type or size of the vessel. In this article, we give you the rundown of the most likely breakdowns and how to fix them on the go. Finally, there are some useful tips on how to prevent these kinds of problems again.


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