Spare engine failure

Spare engine failure

Last month one of our team, Rob, was having one of his regular meetings on a client’s site when they mentioned they were keeping a spare engine in their stores. When you’re reliant on engines as part of your safety system, having a spare one is very sensible, but in this particular instance, there was a big problem. If they had needed to use that engine to get back online quickly, it wouldn’t have worked. After an initial...

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Engine control problems

Engine control problems

After changing the cylinder liners last week (if you missed it click here), you might have thought that it was problem solved. But it wasn’t.  We then had some problems when testing the engine. All started well, with an initial 60 minute run at 50% load, followed by a successful 30 minutes at 100% load.  But then, unexpectedly, the engine shutdown. We went over the engine parameters and all were well within the...

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Waukesha L5792DSU – When the basics can lead to engine failure

Waukesha L5792DSU – When the basics can lead to engine failure

As I write, our engineer, Fraser, is out on a customer’s site carrying out a repair on a Waukesha engine.But it could have been so much worse than just a repair.Thanks to the crew’s diligence with the pre-start checks, they were able to spot the signs of an internal failure before major engine damage and flag the issues to us before the engine was run into the ground.With 99% of pre-start checks not showing any signs of problems, it...

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ABB TPS50 Turbocharger Damage

ABB TPS50 Turbocharger Damage

Recently we were sent a turbocharger. The operators had reported a knocking noise, and they wanted us to have a look. As it turned out, the turbo had recently been overhauled by another company, and after the overhaul, it had only run for 20 hours before this knocking noise was heard. The video above shows a quick snapshot of what we found. As you’ll see, a large number of the components have been discoloured and damaged due to excessive...

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Tips for getting your heavy diesel engines ready for Winter

Tips for getting your heavy diesel engines ready for Winter

What did you think of the video I shared last week showing the huge drop in engine temperature?(The footage is still available here if you missed it).Following the video, I was asked for advice on other ways to improve the reliability of engines when the weather conditions change.As things in Europe get colder with the onset of winter, we thought it would be useful to share our top tips on getting your engine ready for winter:• Make sure...

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The problem with some engine pre-heat systems

The problem with some engine pre-heat systems

One of our Caterpillar trained engineers, Charlie, has just returned to the workshop after remedying a knocking noise on a Caterpillar 3516 DI-TA engine offshore. The knocking noise was a result of a worn small end bush and piston bore, but Charlie also found a common problem affecting a lot of engines we come across. Check out the quick video he took to...

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