Troubleshooting and Repairing Diesel Engines

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December 26, 2018
December 27, 2018

Troubleshooting and Repairing Diesel Engines

Troubleshooting and Repairing Diesel Engines

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Pages : 408
Size : 9 MB

Book Description

There are several areas that have changed drastically during the last few years with
diesel engines and will greatly affect the near future of diesel engine technologies. The
highway trucking industry was the first to require these changes to meet federal EPA
emissions guidelines for diesel engines back in the late 1980s. In the mid-1990s these
same guidelines were required of the off-highway heavy equipment industry. Now
even areas not affected in the past such as the marine, petroleum, and agricultural
industries have come under these new requirements. They will change these indus-
tries in the same way they have previously changed the trucking and heavy equipment
industries. During the last 20 years only certain engine horsepower sizes or industries
have come under these federal guidelines. However, the 2007, 2010, and 2012 emis-
sions guidelines will cover and affect all horsepower sizes and industries. Additionally,
in most areas the current technologies to meet the 2007 guidelines will not completely
meet the 2010 and 2012 requirements without additional technological changes or
These technological changes are inevitable and future technician training needs
will be a reality. This is where diesel engine course books like Troubleshooting and
Repairing Diesel Engines can help the technician stay current with these changing
technologies. To show how rapidly these changes have taken place, information of
some past and current examples of those areas affected are mentioned.
Since the inception of the EPA guidelines for diesel engines back in the 1980s, most
major engine manufacturers have meant the following reductions. Engine particulates
have been reduced by 90% and nitrous oxides by nearly 70%. Added to the equation
in the 1990s was noise pollution, with reductions required in engine noise levels from
83 to 80 decibels. Although this doesn’t seem like much, it is equal to a 50% noise
energy reduction. Add to that the effects of the reduction in fuel sulfur in diesel fuels
from 5% to 0.5% to 0.05% (in ppm, 5000 to 500 to 50). Sulfur being the lubricating ele-
ment in diesel fuels has required many changes to fuel system components.
The increased requirements to meet federal EPA emissions have made it extremely
important to develop components that can survive these changes. The number of
changes that have been made to diesel engines to meet these requirements would
be too numerous to mention at this point. However, some of the more interesting
areas that have greatly changed due to these requirements include lubrication
requirements, fuel system components, and the use of electronic system controls and
diagnostics. Those other areas not discussed here will be covered later in this book.
As the demands on the diesel engine have increased so have the requirements
on such things as the oils and filters used to maintain these engines. Just 15 years
ago we were teaching the needs of using American Petroleum Institute (API) cate-
gories CD, CE, and CF type oils. In just the last few years the demands placed on the
diesel engine have caused the industry to develop new oils while moving through
categories CG-4, CH-4, CI-4, and now CJ-4 oils.
Introduced in 1995, CG-4 was developed for severe duty, high-speed four-stroke
engines using fuel with less than 0.5% sulfur. CH-4 was introduced in 1998 and CI-4
was introduced in 2002, also for high-speed four-stroke engines, to meet 1998 and
2002 exhaust emissions, respectively. CI-4 was also formulated for use with exhaust
gas recirculation (EGR) systems. Introduced in 2006, CJ-4 is for high-speed four-
stroke engines to meet 2007 exhaust emissions. These oils are blended to meet the
increased temperatures, speeds, and loads being placed on today’s engines. The oils
must also meet the needs to cool, cushion, clean, and protect, as well as hold dam-
aging fines and soot in solution until the oil is changed or the filter removes these
damaging particles. In conjunction with the changes to the oil, filters are being
required to be more efficient than ever before.
Developments in fuel systems design over the past 20 years have involved
one of the largest number of changes to any single system on diesel engines. Fuel
systems design has seen this area progress from the use of rotary-distribution-type
pumps, used by many diesel engine manufacturers mostly on their smaller-size
engines. Larger engines used some sort of pump-and-line-type system with fuel
nozzles to provide the engine with high-pressure fuel delivery. As technologies
improved, the individual fuel pump segment transformed into and was used in
making the mechanical unit injector a reality. Improvements continued with the
development of electronic unit injectors, and then hydraulically actuated elec-
tronic unit injectors. Now it seems that all of these changes and improvements to
fuel system development have led us back to the use of an old technology, the
very high-pressure common-rail fuel system design. All of these fuel systems are
discussed in this book.
As an instructor of electrical/electronic systems for the past 15 years I’ve wit-
nessed the effect of this change on the diesel industry firsthand. The growth and
usages along with changes in the area of electronics have allowed for many of the
advancements that have taken place with diesel engines and was the only way to
meet the EPA guidelines. The large numbers of advances in electronics have also
meant that the amount and levels of training required by today’s engine technician
have increased dramatically.

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