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Old 05-12-2021, 15:40   #1
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Westerbeke loses oil pressure

Hello, I have a 10KW Westerbeke Gas generator. The generator starts and runs good, has 70PSI oil pressure at startup but gradually loses oil pressure over 2 minutes until zero oil pressure and shuts down. This has been checked with a mechanical gauge. Any ideas? Oil relief valve, oil pump, main bearings??
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Old 06-12-2021, 13:57   #2
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Re: Westerbeke loses oil pressure

Not likely the oil pump or you'd never have oil pressure. Also probably not the oil pressure relief valve. While the valve is open when the oil is cold and thick, it eventually closes. But if it didn't, there would still be some oil pressure.
Most likely low oil level or debris/sludge in the oil pan. The engine starts, debris is drawn toward the strainer, eventually plugging the strainer. When the engine stops, oil in the engine, draining back to the pan pushes debris away from the strainer. It also could be the oil filter if the filter type doesn't have a relief valve, for the same reason as the pan strainer.
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Re: Westerbeke loses oil pressure

+1 for what Lepke said.
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Re: Westerbeke loses oil pressure

Making a scenario out of Lepke's first hypothesis, low oil: Oil is drained into sump. Engine starts up, pump pumps oil, oil pressure. Oil is raised in the engine, pump now sucks air, no oil pressure.
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Re: Westerbeke loses oil pressure

by the way, Boatelwesterbek, welcome to the forum.

Second thought: The world of small engines fit into two categories. Those that measure oil level with the screw-in dipstick screwed in, and those that measure it with the dip stick perched on the rim of the hole. I own two very similar motorbikes that differ on this point. Which is yours?
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Re: Westerbeke loses oil pressure

Change the oil and filter. Let us know what you find...
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Re: Westerbeke loses oil pressure

Thanks everyone for your input and ideas. Will change oil/filter and report back.
Checking oil level with dipstick fully inserted.
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Re: Westerbeke loses oil pressure

Hello, well after what seems like a long winter, I was finally able to un-winterize my boat and generator and work on it. I followed the advice of Lepke above. Here is what happened. I started the generator and let it warm up for about 5 minutes, use an oil sucker to pull the oil thru the dipstick as pulling the drain plug makes a huge mess. As to oil was coming up the tube you could see definite particles of sludge in the tube. After getting as much oil as I could thru the dipstick, I pulled the oil plug and drained the rest of the oil. Replaced oil filter and oil, restarted for 30 minutes. Repeated the process of sucking the oil out, pulling drain plug and replaced filter, new oil. I have now ran this generator over 4 hours with no issues. Problem fixed!! Thanks everyone for your advice and help on forums such as this. Take Care, safe boating.
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