Re: Oil Pressure Volvo D3 I - C

Porter McRoberts

Agree Teun. 
The H is a different animal. 
We’re at about 550 hours on our “H,” replaced early 2019. 
Flawless so far (as it should be!).  Quiet. Very smooth. More efficient. No smoke. 
The C started with issues around 700 hours. 
Possibly, finally, a reliable Volvo D3?


Porter McRoberts 
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On Sep 8, 2020, at 3:32 AM, Teun BAAS <teun@...> wrote:

Yes Sir – makes completely sense and that’s the same engine Porter McROBERTS and I have.

The previous engine was D3-110i-C

Thanks for the help.


Best Regards Teun

A54 2009 #128

September 8, 2020 06:31:12




From: <> On Behalf Of Matt Salatino via
Sent: Tuesday, September 8, 2020 06:19
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Oil Pressure Volvo D3 I - C


From what I can tell, and the documentation is spares on this, we have a D3-110i-H

Does that make any sense?


On Sep 8, 2020, at 3:02 PM, Teun BAAS <teun@...> wrote:



I don’t think VP changes designation per year as the 2007 A54 have the “C” and for sure also the 2009 A54 had “C”.

Clearly between 2009 and 2017 they went from “C” to “H” and I am trying to determine if since the “H” VP has introduced another “upgrade”.


I have the “H” since June 2018 and have been extreme happy with my (costly) decision to replace the “C”. Now having about 450hrs, it has been a pleasure to operate; I have had several times people standing in the cockpit suggesting me to start the engine while it was already running.


Best Regards Teun

A54 2009 #128

September 8, 2020 06:00:53


From: <> On Behalf Of Matt Salatino via
Sent: Sunday, September 6, 2020 23:43
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Oil Pressure Volvo D3 I - C


It’s a 2019 motor.

“i “?


On Sep 6, 2020, at 6:01 PM, Teun BAAS <teun@...> wrote:

Hi Matt,


The VOLVO PENTA D3 you have is that generation “H” with 110HP?


Best Regards Teun

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From: <> On Behalf Of Matt Salatino via
Sent: Sunday, September 6, 2020 03:16
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Oil Pressure Volvo D3 I - C


Our new Volvo Penta D-3 has 4.48 bar at 1800 rpm. You might be OK.


On Sep 6, 2020, at 10:48 AM, Dirk Hooff <sypenelope@...> wrote:

Hi Paul, Ralph, Mohammad and Arno,


thank you for your answers and your experience.


We connected an external gauge and the pressure is with cold engine at 2bar at 700rpm (idle) and 4bar at 1500rpm.

After 15min. with normal oil temperature (75degree) the oil pressure drops to 1.3bar when idling.

And 3 bar at 1500rpm.

The Volvo expert thinks, that this is not enough.

Actually the oil pressure sensor should not trigger before the oil pressure drops down to 0.7bar. That´s why I think the old sensor is too sensitive… 


First I will try it with a new sensor… unfortunately it needs time to get it, and maybe someone of you have some experience with the oil-pressure with a warm engine…


Thanks and take care,




Am 03.09.2020 um 11:13 schrieb Paul Dowd and Sharon Brown <paul.dowd@...>:




I just had the same problem. Connecting an external gauge the pressure is normal, so I’m getting a new sensor. Note also that you cannot use a normal Volvo sensor, you must get the specially modified one that takes the bonding connection from Gwen Marine Service in France - €78.




S/Y Ya Fohi - Amel 54 #98 - Grenada


From: <> On Behalf Of Dirk Hooff
Sent: 02 September 2020 12:44
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Oil Pressure Volvo D3 I - C


Hi all,


since yesterday I have an oil pressure problem on my AMEL 54#96.

When I go from normal speed to idle, the oil alarm starts.

Of course, this doesn´t happen in the port but between the islands in Croatia.

My German Volvo expert suspects that the oil is too thin.

Diesel has probably gotten into the oil.

That´s why I changed the oil. More than 7 liters of very thin oil came out.

Then the engine ran again without an oil pressure alarm.

But today, when I switched back to idle, the alarm went on again.

I appreciate any advice or experiences.

Thanks a lot,



Currently Croatia close to Dubrovnik


Am 01.09.2020 um 16:21 schrieb Courtney Gorman via <Itsfun1@...>:


You need a Puller it's much safer 

but if push comes to shove I hammered mine out with a blank and mini sledge

-----Original Message-----
From: ngtnewington Newington via <ngtnewington@...>
Sent: Tue, Sep 1, 2020 8:52 am
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Main furling motor and gear on 54

I know this has come up before, but I am servicing the main sail furling motor and worm drive. 

It is all well but the top shaft seal should be replaced. 


Shaft into the worm gear is very tight. Soaked it in diesel for some hours, hesitant to hit it. Plan to find a press to press it out. 

Does anyone have a better idea?


S/Y Amelia


AML 55-019




Ya Fohi - Amel 54 #98


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