If the owner of a diesel engine wants it to run efficiently, proper operation and maintenance are essential. This book focuses on those all-important areas, with the exclusion of overhauls.The book presents fundamental principles and identifies the separate systems (fuel, cooling, etc.). Systems are explained and the required maintenance tasks presented in a checklist format. Safety precautions also are stressed. A separate chapter is devoted to engine operation: warm-up, normal running, and shutdown. Copious illustrations and step-by-step instructions are all p art of the author's clean, well-organized method of presentation. The boat owner need not be an experienced mechanic to perform routine maintenance chores on his or her engine, and special tools are not required. The explanation of the basic engine systems and routine tasks presented in Diesel Engines, augmented by the manufacturer's operating manual, puts the actual accomplishment of these jobs well within the capability of even a nontechnical boat owner.
Born in Vladivostok, Russia, Leo Block began amassing engineering experience in the U.S. Navy, where he attended several technical schools and served in the engineering department of steam- and diesel-powered ships. Following his naval service, Block? work experience as an engineer was with leading manufacturers of combustion and heat-transfer products. He obtained his undergraduate and master? degrees from the University of Southern California. A registered professional engineer, he holds a U.S. Coast Guard license for 100-ton vessels, power and sail, and is a retired U.S. Naval Reserve Captain. He has written articles for Yachting, Appliance, and Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration News, and is a member of the American Society of Gas Engineers and the Carbon Monoxide Safety and Health Association. His technical writings have been published in technical magazines and engineering society transactions, and he has more than twenty U.S. and foreign patents. He is the author of Diesel Engines: A Boat Owner? Guide to Operation and Maintenance.

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