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Wayne, Journeyman
Category: Medium and Heavy Trucks
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Experience:  worked on, Gmc, Macks, Freight liner,Mercedes Benz,,Ford, sterling
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Im having trouble starting my cat 3208 na that's in my boat.

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Im having trouble starting my cat 3208 na that's in my boat. It has plenty of cranking power. When I crank it there is a lot of white smoke coming out of the air intake housing, while none is coming out of the exhaust stack.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medium and Heavy Trucks
Expert:  Wayne replied 1 year ago.

Hi I'm Wayne

I will help you with this

I have to ask what are the hours on engine

has any type of work on it lately , Injectors, tune up

Let me know Please

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hours are just over 5000 after being rebuilt in 02. Original year was85 I believe. We just replaced the starter.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
We thought maybe water got in from all the rain as we didn't have our exhaust covered. We checked the plugs from the back of the exhaust and they were dry. But the boats weight leans a bit forward.
Expert:  Wayne replied 1 year ago.


Thank you for that

you said a Cat 3208, but the you mentioned Plugs,

That thru me off , Until I read again

Ok, My Thought , from what you are describing is a head gasket , leaking coolant into the cylinders,

that is the reason for Hard start , and whit smoke

to verify this is to pressure test cooling system , and see if it drops

within 2-3 minutes , if yes, then you know head gaskets

I hope this helped you

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