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What do you need to check when doing engine maintenance?

Apr 09, 2018

If you happen to own a boat, it may be one of the most expensive properties you have. Whether or not you use it often, it is very reasonable for you to ensure that you contribute to the correct maintenance of the ship's engine to reduce its risk of loss. There are many steps that need to be taken to do this, but the most important thing is to properly maintain the engine. This is the core of any vessel and any unresolved engine problems may not only be expensive, but also difficult to repair in the long run. Proper maintenance will reduce costs while making repairs easier. During engine maintenance, you need to pay attention to some specific things. Some of these include:


The quality of the installation point


The combination of vibration and exposure to excess water can cause degradation of any mounting point. This usually causes the engine to become more unstable, increasing the chance of failure. During the regular maintenance of the marine engine, you should carefully check the installation point.


If you find any problem, including material wear, you should consider taking steps to correct it before it becomes a bigger problem. The solution depends on the severity of the damage and the type of installation your boat has. Your best bet is to consult a professional technician with extensive experience in this field.


The quality of fasteners


In addition, you also need to check the fasteners to ensure that their quality is still high. A decrease in the quality of the fasteners will result in too much vibration, which in turn will damage the engine components and the rest of the ship. Some specific issues that you need to address include:


Is the fastener there? If not, you must replace the missing ones.

Do you need to upgrade? For example, you can replace the current fastener with an aluminum hex nut or a titanium cap screw to reduce weight while maintaining the strength of the fastener. You need to purchase these quality-assured products from reliable suppliers.

Are some of them damaged? If so, you need to find a way to remove it and replace it.

Is it loose? All engine-related fasteners need to be fixed at a specific torque value. Failure to do so may result in increased wear.

In addition to all the above, you also need to ensure that the internal operation of the engine is also optimized. Otherwise, this will only accelerate the wear of the engine, and it will also lead to increased fuel consumption. In most cases, the best way to conduct an assessment is to consult engineers who have experience with marine engines. They are usually in the best position, they can be disassembled and all internal components checked for any damage or malfunction.


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