Good diesel mechanic in Boston, MA/ Quincy, MA?

Good diesel mechanic in Boston, MA/ Quincy, MA?

Post by John Hove » Thu, 04 Jun 1998 04:00:00


I'm looking for recommendations for a mechanic to look at a 23HP Volvo Penta
MD11c on our sailboat. I found one guy I thought was OK, was happy with his
work and he seemed friendly to me, but now he doesn't return my calls. It
seems that mechanics are in such demand that they have no incentive to be
professional (i.e. reachable). I'd be happy with somebody I can just get a
hold of on the phone. :-)

We've got a few issues to look at:

1) (slowly) overheats over 1700 RPM, despite the fact that it's supposed to
be able to run at 2500 comfortably. I've opened & cleared the freshwater
side of the heat exchanger without significant improvement. The problem has
subsided a little since we've had the boat (started out overheating at
1400RPM).  

2) Carbon monoxide leak (confirmed by CO detector), although I've checked
the exhaust from manifold to exhaust through-hull and can't find a
noticeable hole. Seems to me that if there were a leak, the hot air would be
readily apparent. Anyplace else you can get CO from on a motor?

3) Questions about the health of the transmission-- works OK, but seems to
leak a little water (?).

4) Need to wire an oil pressure alarm.

If anyone has any ideas on the problems, I'm all ears too.

Thanks,

--john

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Good diesel mechanic in Boston, MA/ Quincy, MA?

Post by Bryon Kas » Thu, 04 Jun 1998 04:00:00

Those engines are so old and obsolete nobody wants to work on them.
The other problem is the parts are expensive as is the labor. I can
recommend a good mechanic but you will need to take out a second
when you get through paying him. One the riser is probably shot.
The water pumps may be bad. Call me in the evenings after 6pm.  
Bryon Kass
  webmaster and
  Custom Design
  150 Mechanic St.
  Foxboro, MA 02035
  508-543-9068 or fax 508-543-5127 yard 508-384-2415
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Quote:

> I'm looking for recommendations for a mechanic to look at a 23HP Volvo Penta
> MD11c on our sailboat. I found one guy I thought was OK, was happy with his
> work and he seemed friendly to me, but now he doesn't return my calls. It
> seems that mechanics are in such demand that they have no incentive to be
> professional (i.e. reachable). I'd be happy with somebody I can just get a
> hold of on the phone. :-)

> We've got a few issues to look at:

> 1) (slowly) overheats over 1700 RPM, despite the fact that it's supposed to
> be able to run at 2500 comfortably. I've opened & cleared the freshwater
> side of the heat exchanger without significant improvement. The problem has
> subsided a little since we've had the boat (started out overheating at
> 1400RPM).

> 2) Carbon monoxide leak (confirmed by CO detector), although I've checked
> the exhaust from manifold to exhaust through-hull and can't find a
> noticeable hole. Seems to me that if there were a leak, the hot air would be
> readily apparent. Anyplace else you can get CO from on a motor?

> 3) Questions about the health of the transmission-- works OK, but seems to
> leak a little water (?).

> 4) Need to wire an oil pressure alarm.

> If anyone has any ideas on the problems, I'm all ears too.

> Thanks,

> --john

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Good diesel mechanic in Boston, MA/ Quincy, MA?

Post by jim slocom » Fri, 05 Jun 1998 04:00:00

Not to seem caustic... but with over 20 years in the diesel business ....I
would recommend that while you are looking for a good mechanic in your area
you should also be looking for a good engine for said mechanic to work on.
You'll save a LOT of money in the long run.

Jim Slocomb
Friday Harbor, WA

Quote:

>I'm looking for recommendations for a mechanic to look at a 23HP Volvo
Penta
>MD11c on our sailboat. I found one guy I thought was OK, was happy with his
>work and he seemed friendly to me, but now he doesn't return my calls. It
>seems that mechanics are in such demand that they have no incentive to be
>professional (i.e. reachable). I'd be happy with somebody I can just get a
>hold of on the phone. :-)

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