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Old 04-12-2011, 07:28   #16
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Re: Diesel Starting Issue After Sailing

I had the exact symptoms you describe. They continued for several weeks until the engine finally died on me and wouldn't restart. After consulting folks on this forum, my buddy and I spent the whole day methodically tracing the fuel system every inch from injectors back to the tank pickup. It turned out the tank pickup was clogging with trash. There were also a couple of loose hose connections between the tank and the engine. When the tank pickup clogged, air would be sucked into the fuel system through the loose hose connections.

I think the most likely place to start looking is the tank pickup.
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I had the exact symptoms you describe. They continued for several weeks until the engine finally died on me and wouldn't restart. After consulting folks on this forum, my buddy and I spent the whole day methodically tracing the fuel system every inch from injectors back to the tank pickup. It turned out the tank pickup was clogging with trash. There were also a couple of loose hose connections between the tank and the engine. When the tank pickup clogged, air would be sucked into the fuel system through the loose hose connections.

I think the most likely place to start looking is the tank pickup.
Thanks for all the reactions. I think I am able to make a nice checklist to work from on all possible causes. It indeed seems that starting to look at the fuel pick up side and tank is the best way to start.
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Re: Diesel Starting Issue After Sailing

When sailing, is the transmission in gear? Could you be flooding the engine without knowing by pumping fuel into the engine at a very low rate?
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Re: Diesel Starting Issue After Sailing

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When sailing, is the transmission in gear? Could you be flooding the engine without knowing by pumping fuel into the engine at a very low rate?
That would be very unlikely with a diesel engine. All symptoms are clearly lack of fuel and time required to de-air. The relation between sailing heeled and starting problems is what most solutions hint at. I would like to point out that I had the whole fuel system checked twice by a professional mechanic.
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