Jump to content

Unofficial Home of Old Simplicity & Allis-Chalmers Garden Tractors

Sign in to follow this  
xenon172

No Substitute For Maintenance

Recommended Posts

xenon172
Spent part of this morning trying to figure out why a Cub Cadet Diesel wasn't running right. It was extremely hard starting and would die after a minute or so. It was putting out a good deal of smoke and then acted like it was starving for fuel. The tractor only has 1090 hours on it which is nothing for a Kubota engine and all the major and expensive problems came to mind. Injectors, fuel pump, glow plugs, etc. Before starting to pull things apart or run compression tests I looked at the basics, filters. They were all pretty dirty so I blew out the air filter and washed the fuel filter and the engine ran a little better but not much but enough to be encouraging. A quick trip down to NAPA and $53.00 later the filters were all replaced and it was running & starting perfectly. The symptoms indicated a serious problem which would never have appeared with proper maintenance. The engine oil was not much better and the oil filter looked to be as old as the other filters. The moral to this story is there is no substitute for proper maintenance even when it comes to a diesel which too many folks think are maintenance free other than adding oil.


Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
FastPaul
A diesel engine should be serviced every 250 hrs. blowing out the air filter is not recommended ether, compressed air can actually damage the filter causing internal engine damage .Glad to see you got her running like new again :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ReedS
Diesel engines like clean filters and fuel, dirty filters and poor fuel will ruin the performance of any engine but is much more noticable with a diesel due to it's operating principal, requiring full air flow at all times and the ability to supply fuel at either a trickle or flowing several gallons per hour. Now with our biodiesel blends appearing on the market and tighter emission regs at hand it's even more important that preventitive maintenance be taken seriously for the continued reliabilty and maximum performance under the extreme conditions that some of these engines are required to run in!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Sign in to follow this  

×