I have a recently aquired a coronado 34 powered by a Vetus m3.10 . The engine
is not currently running . The engine
was pulled and 1300.00 dollars worth of work done in 2000. The fuel pump
was rebuilt and injectors worked on in 2011.
I have attached below the assessment by a marine
engine tech last week and would appreciate any technical advice. Does this sound like a head gasket
? The previous owner had ordered one and I have it in its new packaging.
Also does anyone know a good mechanic
in vancouver who is good with these engines.
14th Feb. Established that the batteries were dead. Topped up the batteries and plugged the boat in.
Discovered that there is water
in the engine and the oil
. Could not establish if it was salt
or fresh water
Pumped out the oil
and water and filled with fresh oil. Attempted to start the engine. Unfortunately the engine was dead due to lack of power from the batteries.
There was fuel
however at the injectors. Had to hotwire the engine to get it to turn over. 2.5 Hours labour
. 21st Feb. Checked the batteries and confirmed that they would not take a charge.
Had to jump the electrical system
to turn the engine
Installed a shop battery
and tried to start the engine to no avail.
Put a small amount of oil into the air intake and again tried to start the engine.
Still would not start. Removed the glow plugs and utilised a compression
test the PSI.
The results as follows Cyl # 1 ] 110psi Cyl # 2 ] 240psi Cyl # 3] 90psi
Re installed the parts
that were removed.
PSI should be in the region of 300 to 350 psi. 3.5 Hours labour.
Cam. We can continue with your instructions to remove the head
to establish if the damage is catastrophic or if it can be repaired. My concern is that it runs away with a load of money
in diagnosing the problem only to find that the engine is no good and needs to be replaced. Frankly the general consensus of opinion is that it is likely beyond repair. These Vetus engines are not at all common in this area and it may be difficult to find parts