Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Smoking Gun...
James Wendell <ms42phantom54@...>
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Just to throw some additional "smoke" into this Volvo D3 engine discussion, I would like to throw in my 2-cents worth. About a year or so ago I experienced a complete failure of my D3-110, which I discussed extensively on this forum. No one could diagnose the problem, including the Volvo "experts." I was not a happy camper, since the engine had only 2500 hours or so. Upon taking the engine apart it appeared that salt water had been SLOWLY migrating into the exhaust system. The engine never flooded in the traditional sense.
Making a long story short, I replaced the engine with the latest iteration. It runs great now but we had a number of head-scratching issues during the install. No one knew how to hook up the electronics to the systems in my Amel 54. One issue in particular was the throttle interface. The old engine had a mechanical linkage, which we had to retain. Interfacing the new electronic throttle was a huge problem, and none of the local Volvo dealers could make it work. I had to have a licensed mechanic with a dealer code contact the Volvo service center in the US and we finally got someone who knew what to do. There were other problems as well that the local dealer should have fully versed in, but again it was a pain working with Volvo Penta. It took many months to get everything resolved.
I can say now that the engine is running very well and is really excellent. Reflecting on what others have said in this thread, my only concern is that everything is electronically controlled now. If I lose the computer I lose the engine..................completely. Not a comforting thought. I do however support the theory of running your engine "hard" for short periods to keep the carbon buildup to a minimum.
s/v Phantom Amel 54 #044
On Thursday, February 23, 2017 7:26 PM, "JEFFREY KRAUS jmkraus@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
The later incarnations of the d3 110 are a more integrated (system wise) motor/electronic package. It's the early series that were somewhat difficult to diagnosis.
I see you're in a 55, so you fall into that category.
Jeff Spirit Amel 54 #14
On Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 05:08 PM, Bob Grey renaissanceiii@... [amelyachtowners] wrote: