Hey, there are worse places to be stranded but....
Wanted to pick your guy's brains as nobody here can figure out what's wrong with my engine
We have a Pearson 365
with a Westerbeke
40. (Basically a Perkins
4-108) My engine
has 3k hours on it and purred like a kitten. No smoke, easy starting, smooth running.
We picked up our hook the other day and started out of the harbor. about 5 minutes after starting, running at 1200 rpms, the engine died. Just died, no noise
, no smells, no rattles, no high temp indications. Just dropped as if pole axed and would crank but not start.
Found nothing in the filters, but changed them anyways, bled and tried to start. No go.
A shot of ether into the inlet will make the engine kickover, but not start. So compression
is good. (I am unable to hold the compression
in the cylinders with my thumb with the injectors removed either.
Pulled the valve cover and all the workings looks to be okay and turning nicely with the starter.
Pulled all injectors and pop tested them on the bench here. They all passed with good pop pressures. (~2100psi)
Used a electric
inline fuel pump
to bleed system. No go.
Sent my injection pump off to Florida
to get rebuilt. US postal service LOST
Enter Ray & Wanda, fellow Pearson 365
owners, who saved me by giving me the injector pump
from their old engine and sent it to the pump re-builder. That pump was overhauled, sent here, installed, bled and no help at all.
Hung a known good injector from a running engine off the side of the block on a injector line from the pump and cranked the engine. No fuel
sprayed from the nozzle.
Verified that there was rotation of the spline drive to the pump with the pump removed.
The injection pump repair center sent another pump out. No spray from this one either
Checked that return fuel
was flowing and not restricted. By passed the return fuel to the Jerry can.
By passed the lift
pump and secondary fuel filter
by running a line directly to the injector pump
with an electric fuel pump
from Jerry can of fresh fuel.
Is there something I am missing? I used the bleed procedure from the Westerbeke service
bulletin from my book.
Its been 32 days we've been stranded here. My Mechanic
has steam rising from his ears and has no idea where to go from here. If I can't get some resolution by Sunday, I am going to sail engineless to Ft Lauderdale and miss cruising the Bahamas
. Not to mention that we are NOT the type of sailors that can sail up to a mooring
and view an engine as a stinky excuse. We will be putting ourselves in some danger
but have no other ideas on what to do. So any help or ideas you could offer would be awesome.