I'm working very hard to bring a 1984 Westerbeke
10 Two back to life. The motor
had been partially submerged in freshwater, but it was sealed, so while the starter bendix was frozen, I found no water
in the engine oil
, and the internals seem fine.
system and changing all filters and fluids, the electric fuel pump
is working. As far as we can tell, the injectors are working.
The glow plugs heat up and glow red quickly.
The starter had to be completely disassembled, scrubbed up and put back together, but now it seems to be working.
We put a new impeller in the saltwater pump.
pump was pulled and cleaned. The freshwater system has been cleaned out, the block backflushed, the heat exchanger
cleaned, and new hoses have been put on it.
will now crank over all day, but it never catches. Can we test compression
using the injector or glow plug
holes the way you can test compression
on a gasoline engine using the spark plug
The engine is very easy to turn over by hand. Should it be that easy or should it get very hard as each cylinder makes compression? Do we perhaps just need to pour oil
in each cylinder to try and get a seal going or does it sound like we need to pull it all apart and investigate the pistons and rings?
Any other ideas of what we can check? So far we've dumped about $300 into this project
for fluids, filters, impeller, a new ignition switch and a couple other odds and ends. I hoped it would start once we went through all the systems. If it has a compression problem, is it worth trying to tear down and rebuild
or should we just pick up one of the various running used Yanmars that occasionally pop up on craigslist for around $1000?