Re: Volvo RPM issue


Ian & Doug,

Ian is absolutely correct. An AutoProp will not bite the water when tied up at the dock, versus going forward.


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On Sat, Oct 30, 2021 at 9:17 AM ianjenkins1946 <ianjudyjenkins@...> <ianjudyjenkins@...> wrote:
Hi Doug,

 Just a comment on running your engine at the dock---if you have an Autoprop it will not load up  properly when the boat is tied to a dock as there is not the flow of water that you get when the boat is moving. Because of that, it's not difficult to get to full revs at a dock.
 That can be a problem if you run aground. I don't think you get the full power out of an Autoprop when stationary. Just avoid those sand banks  ( as we didn't once in the USVIs ....)

 Ian and Judy, Pen Azen, SM 302, Kilada, Greece

From: <> on behalf of Mark & Debbie Mueller <brass.ring@...>
Sent: 30 October 2021 13:44
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Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Volvo RPM issue

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Hi Doug,

Checking wide-open throttle at the dock may not necessarily reflect what you see underway.  The vacuum pressure in the engine is usually dramatically different under full load conditions versus no load.

There is a vacuum operated device on the turbo I have always heard called a waste gate, Volvo calls it a turbo actuator.  This device is a valve that controls the flow of exhaust gases to the turbine wheel.  If the vacuum pressure is not correct the turbo will never develop full boost pressure.  I am not sure of the D3 spec on vacuum but it might be worthwhile to try and measure it if the following does not work.  You may have a vacuum leak somewhere in the system. 

Take a look at the OEM Fault Codes shown on the Volvo multifunction display; see the attached PDF on how to retrieve those fault codes to see if any refer to the turbo.  Next, take a look at the Volvo service bulletin regarding the turbo actuator – be sure to click on the “Comments” at the top of your PDF reader for additional information.  It does take a little bit of effort to push the linkage causing the vacuum actuator and wastegate to operate manually.

Good luck!!

Mark Mueller
Brass Ring  A54

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