Main engine troubleshooting - Why does the engine not start?

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Operating trouble shooting -Main engine does not fire when started .

As a Marine Engine we should know the reasons why the engine is not abe to fire when starting lever is pulled in the control pannel.In Marine Diesel Engine there are various factors affect the starting of the engine it includes all the system which are inter-connected if any one fails the control will not start the engine .Before starting the engine the engine jcw temperature and pressure should be correct and lube oil temperature and pessure should be in the desired value then only the hydraulic interlocking control lever will be released for starting .

Possible causes for main engine not fired are as follows

1.If the Turning gear is engaged .It blocking valve prevents pilot air flowing to the pilot valve on the control stand .So Dis-engage the Turning gear before starting .

2.The shut off valve on the starting air cointains cracks or starting air pipe are closed .

3.The Automatic Starting air stop valve does not works on account of having been closed by hand ,either being jammed or its internal out let ducts being obstructed .

4.The Actuating valve for the Automatic starting air stop valve is jammed or opens only partially.

5.The NON RETURN VALVE in starting air pipe is struck and does not open.

6.Starting air pressure is too low , the Engine only oscillating .Flame baffle is obstructed.

7.The starting air control slide valves are either struck or the control air is not able to force them down on to the starting cam vent opening may be obstructed.

8.The starting valve do not open .

9.A working piston or any other running gear component prevents starting of the engine by reason of being seized or defective.

10.One or more starting control air pipes or control oil pipes are incorrectly connected or obstructed .

11.If the blocking device of the starting lever has been uncoupled by hand ,the engine can only be started if the reversing servomotor is closed to its end position .

This post is part of the series: Operating Faults In Main Engine

In this series we will get a clear idea on the operating troubles in main engine.

  1. Main Engine Operating Troubles
  2. Operating Troubles Of Main Engine - Cylinders Do Not Fire
  3. Operational Faults During Starting and Running
  4. Operating Troubles - Main Engine Does Not Start/Fire When Starting Lever Is Pulled
  5. Operational Faults Due To Faulty Oil System