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Marine Diesel Engines

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Praise for this boating classic:"The most up-to-date and readable book we've seen on the subject."-Sailing World"Deserves a place on any diesel-powered boat."-Motor Boat & Yachting"Clear, logical, and even interesting to read."-Cruising WorldKeep your diesel engine going with help from a master mechanicMarine Diesel Engines has been the bible for do-it-yourself boatowners for more than 15 years. Now updated with information on fuel injection systems, electronic engine controls, and other new diesel technologies, Nigel Calder's bestseller has everything you need to keep your diesel engine running cleanly and efficiently. Marine Diesel Engines explains how to:

Diagnose and repair engine problemsPerform routine and annual maintenanceExtend the life and improve the efficiency of your engine
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 187.96 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 793.78g
  • Rockport, ME, United States
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • 0071475354
  • 9780071475358
  • 90,186

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Praise for this boating classic:

"The most up-to-date and readable book we've seen on the subject."--Sailing World

"Deserves a place on any diesel-powered boat."--Motor Boat & Yachting

"Clear, logical, and even interesting to read."--Cruising World

Keep your diesel engine going with help from a master mechanic

Marine Diesel Engines has been the bible for do-it-yourself boatowners for more than 15 years. Now updated with information on fuel injection systems, electronic engine controls, and other new diesel technologies, Nigel Calder's bestseller has everything you need to keep your diesel engine running cleanly and efficiently. Marine Diesel Engines explains how to: Diagnose and repair engine problems Perform routine and annual maintenance Extend the life and improve the efficiency of your engine

Nigel Calder is widely acknowledged as the world's foremost writer on boat systems maintenance. A diesel mechanic for more than 35 years, he has also been a boatbuilder, cabinetmaker, and machinist. Calder is the author of How to Read a Nautical Chart, Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook, and Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual.

Learn how to: Cure overheating Fix your transmission Retrofit a new diesel engine Flush your cooling system Change your oil Clean your electrical system Replace fuel filters and bleed air from the fuel system Troubleshoot virtually any problem
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Table of contents

List of Troubleshooting ChartsPreface to the Third EditionPreface to the Second EditionIntroductionOnePrinciples of OperationCompression IgnitionConverting Heat to PowerExpansion and CoolingGasoline EnginesCost and Power-to-WeightTypes of DieselsPrincipal Engine ComponentsTwoDetails of OperationSection One: The Air SupplyVolumetric EfficiencyNaturally Aspirated EnginesSuperchargers and TurbochargersIntercoolers and AftercoolersSection Two: CombustionThe Importance of TurbulenceInjector Spray PatternsTechniques for Creating TurbulenceSection Three: Fuel InjectionJerk (In-Line) PumpsDistributor (Rotary) PumpsUnit InjectorsCommon Rail SystemsInjectorsLift PumpsSection Four: GovernorsSimple GovernorsVacuum GovernorsSection Five: Electronic Engine ControlsNetworkingLimping HomeSection Six: Keeping Things CoolRaw-Water CoolingHeat Exchanger CoolingKeel CoolingWet and Dry ExhaustsThreeRoutine Maintenance: Cleanliness Is Next to GodlinessSection One: Clean AirRoutine MaintenanceSection Two: Clean FuelLubricationContaminationFuel HandlingFuel FiltersSection Three: Clean OilThe API "Donut"Oil ChangesChanging FiltersSection Four: General CleanlinessClean WaterClean Electrical SystemsA Clean EngineScheduled OverhaulsWinterizingFourTroubleshooting, Part One: Failure to StartSection One: Failure to CrankWater in the EngineStarter Motor Does Not CrankInertia and Preengaged StartersCircuit TestingMotor and Solenoid Disassembly, Inspection, and RepairSection Two: Failure to FireAn Unobstructed AirflowAchieving Ignition TemperaturesFuel ProblemsFiveTroubleshooting, Part Two: Overheating, Smoke, Loss of Performance, and Other ProblemsOverheatingSmokeLoss of PerformanceOil-Related ProblemsInadequate Turbocharger PerformanceProblems with Engine InstrumentationA Do-it-Yourself Engine SurveySixRepair Procedures, Part One: Cooling, Exhaust, and Injection SystemsThe Cooling SystemWater PumpsThe Exhaust SystemGovernorsFuel Injection PumpsInjectorsGasketsSevenRepair Procedures, Part Two: DecarbonizingPreparatory StepsCylinder Head RemovalValvesCylindersPistons and Connecting RodsPiston RingsReplacing Pistons and Connecting RodsReplacing Cylinder HeadsRetiming an EngineAccessory EquipmentEightMarine TransmissionsPlanetary TransmissionsTwo-Shaft TransmissionsVariations on a ThemeShaft BrakesTransmission MaintenanceTroubleshooting and RepairsNineEngine Selection and InstallationSection One: Engine SelectionMatching an Engine to Its LoadHow Much Horsepower Do You Need?BHP, SHP, and Auxiliary EquipmentSection Two: Propeller Sizing and SelectionPropeller SizingPropeller SelectionSection Three: Connecting the Transmission to the PropellerCouplingsEngine AlignmentConstant-Velocity JointsShaft SealsStruts and BearingsSection Four: Auxiliary SystemsVentilationFuel TanksCoolingExhaustAuxiliary EquipmentSome Electrical ConsiderationsServiceabilityPostscript: Diesel-Electric PropulsionAppendicesA.Carbon Monoxide PoisoningB.ToolsC.Spare PartsD.Useful TablesE.Freeing Frozen Parts and FastenersGlossaryIndex
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About Nigel Calder

Niger Calder is the author of Marine Diesel Engines (1987, 1991) and Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual (1989, 1995), the success of which has made him the most sought-after marine how-to writer in the U.S. and U.K. He has published more than 800 magazine articles in SAIL, Cruising World, Ocean Navigator, Yachting World, etc., and lectures on cruising to sell-out crowds. He is also the author of The Cruising Guide to The Northwest Caribbean (IM, 1991) and Cuba: A Cruising Guide (Imray, 1996). He will be testing his newest ideas with his family during a six-month cruise to the Caribbean and South America this winter.
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