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Volvo Diesel Engine Troubleshooting, Part 1

We love diesel engines. We put them in our cars, our boats and use them as electricity generators. One of the reasons we love them so much is because they are sturdy, reliable and durable. However, all machinery can break down, and so can diesel engines. 

Some lines of diesel engines were shown to be quite unreliable, whether due to the poor quality of parts or a mechanical fault. Volvo, however, has a strong reputation as reliable and durable. So, what do you do if your Volvo engine is giving you a headache?


Turbocharging or Supercharging: Pros and Cons

Modern diesel engines require a lot of air to function properly. This is why simple air intakes are no longer enough. Most diesel engines are fitted with either a turbocharger or a supercharger. If you have no idea what either of these means and are wondering which is better, here is a short overview of pros and cons for both of these air intake methods.

If your engine is fitted with one of these, it pays to know what can go wrong with them, and where you can find turbo repair in San Diego.


Pump Service San Diego Experts Explain the Four Levels of Maintenance

Just like any other piece of equipment, building pumps need to be subjected to regular maintenance if you want to keep them operational. The fact that the pumps are hidden within walls and underneath the floors makes it easy to forget that, just like your car, they need maintenance as well.

If you subject your pumps to regular maintenance you can save thousands of dollars on expensive repairs and part replacements when the device finally malfunctions or breaks down.

There are different levels of pump maintenance, San Diego experts at PCE warn. By addressing each of them you will be sure that your pump performs properly and lasts much longer.


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.


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