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Old 29-05-2014, 19:00   #796
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Re: Alpha 42 "Be Good Too" rescue 300 miles off Cape Henry Merged

I thought the starter would not have enough power to bend a rod but I was told otherwise by Volvo. They did a compression check and said the compression was out of spec. It was a misplaced siphon loop that was part of the problem. Also not enough rise at the exhaust manifold and at the exhaust loop.

Volvo replaced the engine since it was supposedly a certified installation.
When their certified head mechanic in NY handed me the Volvo parts book and asked me if there was anything I thought would help I knew I was in trouble. I pointed out the exhaust riser with 5" additional lift and he said if you want one you will have to pay for the part. I said put one on the other engine also. He then said and I quote "water better not get into this engine again or Volvo will not pay for the repair again". He still had the siphon break between the raw water strainer and the impeller which is useless. On my next trip off shore water seized the new engine again. The mechanic on looking at the engine in Key Largo said he had just fixed the same problem on the boat built right after mine and had contacted Volvo to notify the owners of the problem which they did not do. Total incompetence on Volvo's part all the way around. They supplied a used short block but I got stuck with the labor bill and was without my boat for 4 months.

I would not buy a Volvo again.


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Old 29-05-2014, 19:30   #797
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Re: Alpha 42 "Be Good Too" rescue 300 miles off Cape Henry Merged

You could always get a few cylinders to fire and a few that still have water would bend the rod. I doubt the starter would be likely to bend a con rod, but maybe.

I personally was onboard a vessel last year that bent several push rods on a Ford Leyman with just the starter and maybe bent the valves slightly as well, but ran good later with just replacing the push rods.

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