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Old 06-02-2012, 08:25:48 PM
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Default In need of a diesel guru/teacher

Hi there, Jim from Alaska again. Question for the the moderators. If I'm gas wise but diesel dumb, where within this site do I go to ask the dumbest of question? 6-71 detroit diesels is where I need to start my learnng curve.
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Jim:

Go to the Diesel section here. If you're nice, you can get a lot of information.

I may even be able to answer a question or two.

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Old 06-03-2012, 05:44:15 PM
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you can find a shop manual for 20.00 that you will need anyway then it will be easer to help you
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Hi there, Jim from Alaska again. Question for the the moderators. If I'm gas wise but diesel dumb, where within this site do I go to ask the dumbest of question? 6-71 detroit diesels is where I need to start my learnng curve.
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no you shoud not start learning desiel on a det. 71. they can over rev easy if the rack hangs or bad injector or gov.hangs.start with old cum.or cat anything but a two det.
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:52:56 AM
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Detroits are OK to learn on too, especially if thats what he has now lol!

The point is that ANY diesel can 'run away', sometimes they can't be shut down by normal means. Sometimes that means they go full throttle and begin to rev out of control to the point of destruction. Sometimes it's a fuel issue, but they can also do it if they blow a turbo seal and start ingesting engine oil or maybe loose a ring and pressurize the crankcase and start snorting their oil through the PCV system, or maybe you blew a natural gas line and the genset is sucking that in. When a diesel runs away the only reliable means to kill them is to starve them for air. Many detroits and others have flaps to cut the engine air off, but often the best option is a ping-pong paddle type peice of plywood that can be slapped over the intake snorkle. I've seen videos where people stuff rags in the intake, but some diesels snort the rag and spit it out the exhaust, not to mention that can damage the engine. No shame in giving up and running for your life. I've been told large Cat 1800rpm genset rotors won't come apart till near 10,000 RPM, but at that speed when they shred its gonna be just like a bomb exploded!

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Old 08-10-2012, 11:41:28 AM
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I saw one start taking off in a hot truck because the owner did not change the oil enough, rings probably worn. He jumps in cab, puts in high gear and lets clutch out to stall it.
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Old 08-10-2012, 05:45:17 PM
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go for it you have to start somewhere

I keep a large co2 extinguisher close anytime I work on a diesel you never know
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