I have the exact same problem. How do you test the fuel solenoid though?
I have a 2004 Fischer Panda diesel generator
P4500 FCB PMS with 1187 hours. It was left unused for 6 months while I was on shore power
and when I tried to fire it up last week it was very difficult to start, even with the seacock closed and low compression knob selected. After a fuel filter
and oil change
it reluctantly started and then ran well and supplied power for 30 mins without overheating
, but now it will not fire up at all. The starter motor turns the engine over quite vigorously and the voltage across the terminals is still 12.7V whilst cranking. (I have 3x brand new fully charged 200Ah batteries.)
I changed the fuel filter
& unsuccessfully tried starting the motor without the air filter in place so I suspect the problem is the fuel solenoid valve or wiring
, cylinder compression, glow plug
or the injector.
I have found that fuel is reaching the inlet of the fuel solenoid valve by disconnecting 'Low Pressure' wire 5 and loosening the fuel solenoid bleed nipple, so the pump seems OK and it is bleeding correctly. I do get some wisps of white smoke from the exhaust
, so I assume fuel is reaching the cylinder.
Is there anything else I can check? I am in the middle of South East Asia
at present and reliable service
agents seem hard to find.