A number of common service related issues have been repeatedly observed over the years. Due to a lack of widely disseminated information, owners/captains don't know what to look for and these issues go unnoticed and unaddressed. Often times, this can lead to more extensive damage, which ends up costing customers a lot of unnecessary expense, as well as down time.
It is well known that following the manufacturer's recommended service plan is an easy way to help ensure engine reliability. However, what is not as commonly understood, is that some of these recommended intervals are not only based on hours of operation, but on time. Specifically, the amount of time since the last service was performed (if ever). It should also be mentioned that not all potential problems are addressed in the manufacturer's maintenance plan and a keen eye (or ear) can spot problems before they become serious.
In this section, we discuss manufacturer recommended services, as well as common failures to be on the lookout for. Each article begins with a description of what the component is and how it functions. It then goes in to what problems can be associated with those components when left unserviced, and also, what a service of the component entails. This section is designed to be informative and is not intended to scare or worry anyone. The issues addressed here are a compilation of years of experience on many boats, but in one way or another, all the possible failure scenarios that are mentioned have been observed first hand. Click on the links to the right to learn more. If, after reading the articles, you have any questions feel free to email or call for clarification.
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