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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.


Why is 6.0 l Ford Powerstroke Engine Prone to Breakages

In the USA, owning a car is practically mandatory, seeing how the distances between places are vast and the public transport is virtually non-existent. Picking the right car can be difficult, but reliability is usually high on the list of demands. In some cases, you cannot predict the problems which you may encounter.

One such engine is Ford’s 6.0 L Powerstroke diesel engine. Certain series of this engine have suffered from quality issues, and if you have had the bad luck to have one of these engines, there are potentially a lot of problems ahead of you. What you need is a reliable partner, who can fix anything and everything mechanical. PCE has been a staple of San Diego County’s marine, diesel and mechanical community for decades.


How to Keep Your Onan Diesel RV Generator in Its Prime

We rely heavily on Diesel RV generators to provide power once we are off-shore. But owners often forget the fact that these machines require regular maintenance in order to be fully operational. If you do not take proper care of your Diesel RV Generator when you need it the least, it might fail you when you need it the most.

While your boat is plugged into a land-based power supply, the generator usually remains idle. But once you set out and away from the shore, your RV generator refuses to start, leaving you powerless.


How to Avoid Expensive Trips to Diesel Truck Repair Shops

There are many great ways to earn money in the trucking business, but also many ways to lose them. Expensive repairs are number one item on any truckers’ list of things they hope will not happen to them. Every trucker knows how expensive diesel engine repairs can be. You can hire good truckers and thoroughly educate them, but ultimately it all comes down to the quality of your equipment. If you want to succeed you need to have reliable equipment and find reliable partners to keep it on the road.

Many truckers running their own business are mostly concerned with saving money. And there are several ways to avoid expensive trips to diesel truck repair shops in San Diego, and most of them are based around common sense. Unfortunately, many owner-operators tend to neglect these issues until they come around with a payback. So how can you cut these costs? In this article we’ll explain some of the ways.


Troubleshooting your Westerbeke Diesel Generator

The Westerbeke Company has been in the business of building diesel generators for over 75 years. This makes Westerbeke diesel generators a solid choice for boat manufacturers and owners. However, they are not immune to various malfunctions, just like any other type of machinery.

In cases when you need Westerbeke repair in San Diego, it is good to know a reliable repair shop. PCE has been repairing and maintaining diesel generators and other boat equipment for 40 years. Our qualified and experienced staff can identify and solve a variety of diesel problems.

Here are some of the more common faults with Westerbeke diesel generators.


What Can Go Wrong with Cummins Diesel Engines?

There are plenty of machines that use the Cummins diesel engines, and as all engines out there, Cummins engines aren’t perfect. They occasionally suffer breakages. Some of these malfunctions are more common than others, and below there is a list of common faults with Cummins engines that you should be on a lookout for.

If you need a Cummins diesel engine repair anywhere in San Diego County, find yourself a skilled mechanic. PCE has been the staple of diesel engine repair in the area for decades, and the skilled mechanics there continually perfect their skills in order to provide the very best service to the customers.


The Most Common Issues with Ford 6.0 Injectors

Replacing everyone’s favorite 7.3L in the 2004 line, the 6.0L featured a new design that was implemented to meet the strict emission regulations. Furthermore, it faced a challenge of maintaining the competitive edge Ford boasted on the international market. The engine was considered cutting-edge back when it was first presented, with a faster turbo response, more advanced features and boasting more power than its predecessors. The 6.0L was the leader in the industry, but the excitement soon faded as the engine kept being recalled year after year.

There’s still no proof that the model year and its reliability are correlated, but one thing owners agree is that the 6.0L is much more unreliable than they’ve come to expect from a diesel engine. Fortunately, the most common issues are easy to find and fix and any issues that appear do so early in its use. Our expert technicians explain how to check Ford 6.0 injectors for problems and how to recognize other performance issues you should be aware of.


What is Electronically Controlled Common Rail Fuel Injection and what are its Benefits?

The steady increase in using engineering machinery in various industries, coupled with the huge demand for transport vehicles, has for many years been the main source of pollution. As the environment suffered from our desire to make everything easier and expand our industry to meet our consumer demands, engine manufacturers around the world have shifted their resources towards protecting the Earth. Countries around the world, as well as major industries, have started taking steps towards reducing their carbon emission. Among the most successful technologies implemented towards achieving this goal is the electronically controlled common rail fuel injection technology.


How to Check Ford 6.0 Injectors for Problems?

Even though diesel engines have computer controls, not every problem is easy to detect. Indeed, troubleshooting 6.0L Ford injectors can be more complex than you would imagine.


Cummins 5.9 l Fuel Pump diagnosis and repair options

The fuel system of a Cummins 5.9 l engine is a bit more complicated than what you would expect from a diesel engine. The engine actually needs two separate fuel pumps. The lift pump draws the fuel straight from the fuel tank. It is then syphoned to the main injection pump which feeds the engine.

With such an elaborate system, there’s more chance of something going wrong. If and when it does, you need a good mechanic to sort your problems out. San Diego County can rely on PCE for all diesel related troubles, whether it’s cars, boats or other machinery. The company also offers a wide variety of other mechanical services, in addition to Cummins 5.9L fuel pump repair.


Cummins 5.9 l fuel injectors repair - common issues and solutions

It’s a real let-down when our trusted diesel engines fail us. Still, it does happen. And when it does, you had better have a solid, knowledgeable mechanic to help you. San Diego County can rely on PCE for any and all diesel engine troubles, including Cummins 5.9L fuel injectors repair, as well as a variety of other mechanical services.


6.0L Turbo Repair: Common Turbo Problems and Upgrades

When Ford 6.0l Power Stroke first appeared in 2004, it was considered revolutionary because it achieved quicker turbo response while meeting the strict emission regulations. At the time, it outdid competitors such as Chrysler’s Cummins and GM’s Duramax. However, the engine proved to be a little bit more volatile than expected, so ultimately it had to be recalled several times. Many problems that kept arising even lead to a number of class action lawsuits.

Still, 6.0l Power Stroke is still widely used today and it perfectly normal to say that it’s considerably safer and more efficient than back in the day.

How is that possible?


Guide to 6.6l Duramax Fuel Injector Repair, Replacement and Common Issues

When it was released back in 2001, the 6.6L Duramax engine was considered the apogee of diesel engine design. The fact that the original design has not changed, but has only been improved upon, speaks for itself. However, before all the modifications the later models were equipped with, Duramax was not problem-free.

In our previous article, we’ve talked about some of the most common issues early models suffered from. And most of those issues had one word in common: injectors. Injectors for 6.6l Duramax diesel, especially in its earlier incarnations, had a bad habit of failing before the engine reached a certain mileage.

A failing injector can cause a number of problems, most commonly leaking fuel into the engine. As these injectors were often very expensive and difficult to repair, the manufacturer was forced to extend the warranty and improve the design.


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