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October 30, 2019

The best part about keeping your diesel clean is your ability to discover and correct engine wear long before it becomes an expensive repair

July 19, 2019

You name your car, you name your boat, you name your autopilot, but why don’t you name your diesel engine?  Is it because it feels like an alien?  

When you have an obstacle to overcome, a dependable engine has your back , supporting you unconditionally i...

January 25, 2019

We always begin by carefully examining six key areas: engine, fuel, steering, bilge, navigation tools, and safety equipment. Take a look at what we found.

January 12, 2019

It's the little things that become so very challenging. Replace the house batteries? I'm on it!  There is no doubt it is going to be hard, so I adopt an "I can" mindset, creatively use available resources, bend my knees, and muscle up.  Done!  

So what gets me...

December 27, 2018

No wonder this diesel engine was constantly overheating, half the water jackets were partially to fully closed with calcium built up over years.  Lack of use results in water sitting idle in your diesel engine.

December 21, 2018

Hearing this diesel's "breathing pattern", and feeling its strain when I covered the intake and hand cranked, turned this foreign machine into a living entity struggling to take its next breath.

December 2, 2018

From cleaning an engine to inspecting the oils, the hoses, the cooling, and the fuel system, five women joined me the weekend after Thanksgiving to work on preventing and identifying early signs of diesel engine failure. "The last thing I want," shared Cassie, "is to b...

August 17, 2018

 You're running your engine, but the battery isn't charging.  

Take charge..... 

Learn to diagnose, identify, and repair worn alternator brushes in this 4 minute video. 

You will need: a volt meter, screw drivers, nut driver, sockets and socket wrench, an impact driv...

July 26, 2018

Checking the exhaust on your boat is like checking the air in your car tires.  You have to have water coming out of your exhaust for your engine to run smoothly. A lack of water will cause hoses to swell and the engine to get hot or overheat.

Follow these 4 st...

July 12, 2018

Transmission fluid 1, 2, 3

For engines with transmission fluid, a quarterly check, or more if used often, is recommended prevention.  For hydraulic transmissions, start by running the engine for a few minutes and then shut it down.

Check these 3 indicators:  

1. flui...

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