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Old 24-10-2019, 15:47   #1
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How to remove the heat exchanger of a Volvo D2-55?

I have tried to remove the heat exchanger on our Volvo D2-55 for a cleaning service.
Since the end cap is closely mounted to the flywheel, there is no space to use tools (and to remove the bolts of the end cap).
So the heat exchanger can only be reached via one side: the front cap, and it cannot be removed.
It seems to be that the complete heat exchanger house needs to be dismounted, but that's a lot of work for a "two-yearly interval" inspection (as suggested by Volvo).
Anyone with a better experience (or suggestion?
(iI assume that D2-40 models have simular problems)
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Re: How to remove the heat exchanger of a Volvo D2-55?

not surprising that is the case .. a major operation to do a simple maintenance task. westerbeke is famous for things like that. c'est la vie and good luck.
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Re: How to remove the heat exchanger of a Volvo D2-55?

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I have tried to remove the heat exchanger on our Volvo D2-55 for a cleaning service.
Since the end cap is closely mounted to the flywheel, there is no space to use tools (and to remove the bolts of the end cap).
So the heat exchanger can only be reached via one side: the front cap, and it cannot be removed.
It seems to be that the complete heat exchanger house needs to be dismounted, but that's a lot of work for a "two-yearly interval" inspection (as suggested by Volvo).
Anyone with a better experience (or suggestion?
(iI assume that D2-40 models have simular problems)
I recently had to replace my D2-55 heat exchanger because of corrosion on the exhaust port. Once I had it off, I tried to remove the port on the inlet side. I found the bolts to be very difficult to remove, one I had to drill out. Based on that experience, I think it might be easier to remove the heat exchanger and clean it off the boat. You will need a new gasket and a torque wrench, but it will be much easier to work on. Be sure to take a good look at the exhaust elbow for build up and also the exhaust port for corrosion. Here is what mine looked like after 2000 hrs. This apparently is a pretty common problem when the elbow gets build-up. I switched to a stainless elbow.
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