Oceanlord Exhaust smoke etc

mark1882

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I have a Westerly Oceanlord with a VP 2003T engine which smokes a little engine and I am not sure what the cause of this could be and or if its an issue to be concerned about.

I also seem to have a slight amount of an oily substance being emitted from the exhaust when I initially start the engine. In every other respect the engine seems to be working fine, it starts straight away, it never seems to miss a beat, fuel consumption is pretty good at between 2.1 and 2.5 litres and hour at 1800 to 2002 revs, the coolant level remains stable, and I do not seem to be using any engine oil. I do get a small amount of smoke particularly when first starting but most diesel engines I see seem to also smoke a little.

I don't know if the slight oily type discharge I see on the water after starting the engine is a feature of it having a turbo, or something more sinister, so I would welcome any comments/advice.

Many thanks

Mark
 

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What colour is the smoke? A little white smoke is pretty much normal for the 2003; anything else is a cause for concern. Lots of white smoke probably signifies a blockage in the cooling system; there is a tube passing through the cylinder head that has many small holes in it; these get blocked easily. Hydrochloric acid or RydLyme or similar (remove the engine anode first!) are helpful.

Black smoke suggests problems with the injectors; blue smoke suggests it is burning oil.
 

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PVB of this parish had the same engine on his last boat and knows his stuff, suggest you repost with 2003T in the post title to grab his attention!
 

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Hi
I have a Westerly Oceanlord with a VP 2003T engine which smokes a little engine and I am not sure what the cause of this could be and or if its an issue to be concerned about.

I also seem to have a slight amount of an oily substance being emitted from the exhaust when I initially start the engine. In every other respect the engine seems to be working fine, it starts straight away, it never seems to miss a beat, fuel consumption is pretty good at between 2.1 and 2.5 litres and hour at 1800 to 2002 revs, the coolant level remains stable, and I do not seem to be using any engine oil. I do get a small amount of smoke particularly when first starting but most diesel engines I see seem to also smoke a little.

I don't know if the slight oily type discharge I see on the water after starting the engine is a feature of it having a turbo, or something more sinister, so I would welcome any comments/advice.

Many thanks

Mark

Possibly the valve stem oil seals - the valve train on top the cylinder head is obviously lubricated , the oil is prevented from running into the cylinders by small rubber seals on the valve stems, over time they lose their effective ness and become hard , while the engine is running its generally un noticeable , when the engine is switched off the oil left in the valve train runs down the tops of the valves , a small amount a VERY small amount gets into the cylinders and sits atop the pistons

next time you start the engine that oil is partially burnt off , but is visible on start up as the engine is essentially over fueled and cold , what you see on the water is an oily film.

Unless you are particularly worried or its bad , ignore it - the oil loss if any will be negligable
 
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