Maintaining Your Diesel Engine

Hosted by education chair Bill Howell, this session guided attendees through the essential components of diesel engines, giving them a basic understanding of how diesel engines work so that they will be capable of troubleshooting basic components of their diesel engine. The guest speaker was Josh Roberts of Specialized Mechanical Services.

The session covered the description & operations of vital engine components, the Daily Engine Checklist, checking fluid levels and how to top off, investigating unusual sounds & smells and attendees learned how to generate a list of what spare parts should be kept aboard.

Critical aspects of general and yearly maintenance covered included:

·       Oil changing

·       Impeller replacement

·       Cooling system service

·       Fuel filter replacement and general fuel system servicing

·       Basic transmission service

·       Trouble shooting electrical systems

·       Motor mounts and shaft alignment