The new Engine Maintenance course 2011 has been put
into one ten chapter course that stresses the diagnosis of modern
systems, while also teaching the basics of engine layout and operation.
Gasoline inboards, outboards, and diesel engines are taught in a way
that reinforces the common aspects of how engines work. This new course
is complete in one book with one exam.
Modern engines offer high reliability and good
performance through the use of computerized systems for fuel delivery
and engine timing. Most of these systems are “black boxes” that can no
longer be serviced by weekend mechanics with ordinary tools. The EM
course covers those repairs that do-it-yourselfers can still perform,
teaches how to diagnose problems that might be beyond your ability to
fix, and how to share information with your mechanic so the right
repairs get performed. The new Engine Maintenance course also covers
basic mechanical systems such as drive systems (propellers), steering
systems, and engine controls. The last chapter discusses solutions you
might use to problems that could occur while afloat and away from a
repair facility. Gasoline, diesel, and outboard engines are treated
independently in this chapter.