I'm new to the forum and sitting at the bottom end of what feels like it will be a steep (and potentially expensive) learning
curve! This forum looks like a great place to start the uphill slog! Please lend a hand if you can!
Here's the synopsis:
, has been running like a champ from Chicago all the way to the Bahamas
. Now it won't fire. The fuel
injection pump doesn't turn when the starter cranks the engine!
I have dealt with some fuel
issues, but I have changed the primary fuel filters as needed.
I had some air that kept creeping into the lines that would cause the engine
to quit. I bled the lines on a number of occasions (probably 8 times now). On a few occasions it would start, run, then quit after about 30 seconds. On other occasions she would just keep running for hours.
I searched for fuel leaks
that would create a vacuum, but to no avail. I've bled the lines from the tank up (no water
or air in the primary filter) and through the fuel injectors...
then things got ummm.... interesting... the engine
made a shuddering/stuttering noise
when we were running under power, then quit. I went to bleed the lines to find that the fuel injector pump
was not delivering fuel to the injectors. I've re-bled everything (including the injector pump
and fuel flows clean and bubble-free; I have a hand pump bulb on the fuel line). Now it appears that when I crank the engine to start, the injector pump isn't being turned even thought the crankshaft is rotating.
Busted gears? Do I just open up the engine from the front end and have a look?
Gulp... your thoughts?