Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Engine Problems Amel 54

Kent Robertson

I had compression checks on all cylinders on my Volvo TMD22 when I was searching for the reason for low rpms.  It was done in an hour and wasn't too expensive.

From: "James Wendell ms42phantom54@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...>
To: "amelyachtowners@..."
Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 2:07 PM
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Engine Problems Amel 54

The Volvo guy did not do a compression check, but did suggest that would be the next recommended step. After studying the Volvo Penta D3-110 service manual, my assessment is that getting access to do a compression check is not easy. Plus it requires test equipment. Have you seen one performed on that engine? Was it expensive?
Jamie Wendell

On Saturday, November 14, 2015 1:46 PM, "Danny and Yvonne SIMMS simms@... [amelyachtowners]" wrote:

Hi Jamie. He "thinks" the compression may be low. I am totally cynical about this. Did he do a compression test, a very standard test that takes little time given the correct equipment. I would suspect a fault in the electronic "clevers" that don't allow fuel until the electronic checks are done and "requirements" met. In any event I would not proceed until a compression test is done. The results do not have to be perfect, an engine will start with one cylinder totally lacking compression, and will start with varying compressions but obviously not if they are too low.
SM 299 Ocean Pearl 

From: "ms42phantom54@... [amelyachtowners]"
To: amelyachtowners@...
Sent: Sunday, 15 November 2015 5:35 AM
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Engine Problems Amel 54

I want to thank everyone for the great advice and suggestions regarding my Amel 54 (Phantom) engine "no-start" issue. Since no one has been able to pinpoint the problem, I just had a Volvo Penta factory technician out to survey the situation. He thinks the compression is low on the engine, as it would not fire even as we sprayed WD40 into the intake. Although he had no specific rationale as to the possible cause of this conclusion, he did suggest that earlier fuel-starvation could have caused the problem, stressing the importance of maintaining a clean fuel supply at all times.

I have decided to replace the engine. That will restart the clock with zero hours and a 5-year warranty. The alternative would be to start tearing down the engine to determine the problem. Even if we do find something (blown head gasket, stuck valves, scored cylinders, etc.), chasing this "rebuild" tactic would be a very expensive and time-consuming operation - and it will still be a 9-year-old engine with 2500 hours. Although hugely expensive, a new engine is the only rational option. I do not want to continue chasing "ghosts."

Thanks again for the support.
Jamie Wendell
s/v Phantom

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