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    Quote Originally Posted by Wazza View Post
    Oooh one of those fandangled things , Does it have a suction control valve "SCV" ,if faulty those things can cause fuelling problems
    Thanks Wazza, I haven't got a clue but I will find out, with common rail it is more complicated and more need to get diagnostics hooked up but I dont even know where the plug is and what it would look like? I have a couple of diagnostic tools but depends on whether they can read it or not

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Kev View Post
    Found all the filters Muzza, four in total on machine with three changed barring the charcoal primary filter which I suspect might be the culprit, When I get time I will check the primary as I think fitter disabled drain as nothing coming out when I turn the drain handle( fitter wants to change it next time he's back to a bowl type) and banjo bolts, must be at least 6 or 8 of them I can see from top side, To be fair to company fitter has a lot on his plate and we are 1 hour from his base at head office so he's reluctant to travel too often. I never got a chance to run machine before he arrived last two times as it takes 2 hrs work before issue shows up. I wasn't with him the two times he was with the machine so I cant confirm if he checked for a good flow to high pressure pump. Engine is common rail

    Yep .. when you get some work before a shut down.. its a sign of obstruction and accumulation due to flow ... 'usually' .. ive even seen some polythene stuck in a filter body head , as they have 90 degree bends too , and thats where the stuff gets trapped .. just have to clear it all the way back to tank
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    Finally got time to look at digger on wed, found the bottom filter(secondry filter quarter full of water, then primary filter was very little fuel coming to it so i blew the line back through to tank. Fuel flow was a bit better but nowhere near what it should be so looks like tank off for clean when fitter gets here. I will try to run her before fitter arrives to see if fault persists (White smoke next morning after days work)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Kev View Post
    found the bottom filter(secondry filter quarter full of water, then primary filter was very little fuel coming to it so i blew the line back through to tank. Fuel flow was a bit better but nowhere near what it should be so looks like tank off for clean when fitter gets here.
    Water is the kryptonite of diesels, especially common rail as you would already know. I dont know if you get the bacteria{diesel bug} over there that grows in the diesel water interface ,it can block suction strainers and filters ,even plug fuel lines if badly contaminated.

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    Never heard of that bacteria Wazza, filter will have to be changed as its paper and according to fitter If they become contaminated with water they need to be replaced. digger will run just ok in eco mode and like a pig in power mode so that makes sense of the shortage of fuel I found
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Kev View Post
    Never heard of that bacteria Wazza, filter will have to be changed as its paper and according to fitter If they become contaminated with water they need to be replaced. digger will run just ok in eco mode and like a pig in power mode so that makes sense of the shortage of fuel I found
    The bacteria is not at all uncommon here ,I would be a bit surprised if its rare or unheard of over there .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wazza View Post
    The bacteria is not at all uncommon here ,I would be a bit surprised if its rare or unheard of over there .
    Probably is here as two climates and fuel are similar Wazza, just ive never came across it or heard of it. I did take all the banjo bolts I could see out and they were all as clean as a whistle so probably tank is full of dirt/silt or possibly that bacteria. Would that bacteria be more prone to accumulating in part time or parked up machines rather than steady working machines?

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    Run digger all day today since working on her last wed, first half of day was light work and second half was fairly heavy digging and not a hiccup out of her unless hearing an odd miss when turning the revs up. Tried her for about 10 mins in power mode and she seemed ok. Fingers crossed she continues like this, mechanic will hopefully be out some time in next two weeks to replace primary filter unit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Kev View Post
    Probably is here as two climates and fuel are similar Wazza, just ive never came across it or heard of it. I did take all the banjo bolts I could see out and they were all as clean as a whistle so probably tank is full of dirt/silt or possibly that bacteria. Would that bacteria be more prone to accumulating in part time or parked up machines rather than steady working machines?
    Dont think you will have a problem with this in the digger here as fuel is being used/cycled often.. Ive heard yachtsmen complain of it, as they carry 2-300 gallons at a time that doesnt get a lot os use and becomes stagnant the tanks at the pier can get contaminated also.

    Of much more importance in this country is when the fuel distributers f**k up,... and put far too high a bio content in the diesel this causes premature clogging of filters particularly at lower temperatures. We had big problems with this last year at this time.
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    Haven't heard of this problem here Muz as regards the bio in diesel. I ran the digger most of today as well and can report all is good so far, even the primary filter drained this morn when I turned the bleeder on. hopefully she will keep going from here. just a hydraulic leak from central area of digger, I suspect bust pipe as its everywhere but i need someone to dig while I watch as its a pressure leak and not showing while running idle. But thats a nice worry now at this stage. I might make a digger out of her yet

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