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Great info Marty.Had I known in 2008 that the engine was Perkins I would not have gone for the diesel.On the sawmill exchange which I havent visited lately, I used to see for sale diesel powered mills with several thousand hrs on them with an engine practically new.My mill has only 900 hrs on it but I will check the gasket anyway.By the way my manual called for an amount of oil which way overfilled the crankcase.I cant remember the amount called for in the manual.Another issue is cold starting.I have to block the throttle slightly after glow plugs are used or it will stall a few times.But being a snow bird now cold starting wont be an issue.
Pete a head gasket is pretty simple with a manual listing tourqe pattern and amounts. My coworkers and I can knock one out on a cat in ~4 hrs. Just put everything back where it came from.
Hello, Yes, Yes, Yes. Remove the oil pan if there is carbon in the head. If you are risking it and have not changed the head gasket and open the valve cover fill port to add oil. Always look for carbon deposits. If you see them it may be to late. The oil pump is in the front cover and it has steel gears in the aluminum housing. It does not take much of the carbon to do the deed, then on to the crank shaft and THEN to the oil filter and it is too late to help anything but a paper weight. Glad this helped. Marty
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