Somewhere along the way I never learned anything about engines. Well, that’s not really true, I can tell you all kinds of things about how engines work, how they function, what this or that part is and I’ve even repaired my fair share of mechanical issues.
There’s something about a diesel motor though that just is daunting to me. In the past three hours I have learned a lot.
I learned they are simple. I learned they don’t break easily, but if they do it’s usually something simple. I learned that an over heating engine can be due to any number of things, but in general it’s something obvious (assuming you’re a mechanic and used to looking for obvious things that someone not practiced in diesel engines wouldn’t see anyway).
Basically, we over heated because several hoses on this machine were hastily put in, are too short, are kinked here and there, are worn because they are bouncing badly off other items, and there’s no brackets, clamps or other things to keep this chaffing from occurring.
Essentially, everything the mechanic Mike has told me I could have found, IF I knew where to look and what I was looking for. Since I didn’t, I needed a mechanic. He’s going to fix all the weird issues, change the oil and we ought to be underway by sometime tomorrow, assuming I don’t decide to spend one more good night to sleep since I’m exhausted for some reason.
Anyway, I’m headed back to help him some more. He’s back with hoses, clamps and parts.