lister ld1 dieing under load

Discussion in 'Help Wanted' started by dianepoulter, Oct 8, 2016.

  1. petternut

    petternut Administrator

    Since most folk don't have a test pump, remove the injector and reconnect outside the engine, for safety put a 1L drinks bottle over and crank the engine to test the spray. A poorly atomised injection would also give your symptoms of smoke and poor load carrying ability.
    I hope you have back-up set as if either injector or pump prove faulty it would be best to have them professionally overhauled. If the above test fails I'd take both pump and injector to a pro.

    Roland
     
  2. dianepoulter

    dianepoulter Member

    Oh dear does any one know where l can take it in Essex near Chelmsford
     
  3. picklesquirt

    picklesquirt Member

    Unfortunately I can't remember their name, but a quite large diesel injection specialist on Hythe Quay in Colchester were very helpful to me some years ago. If you get the right guy ? talk to him about old engines I had service while I waited with no charge. Don't quote me -good luck
    Ewan
     
  4. TangyeDan

    TangyeDan Active Member

    If it has run for 18 months even at 12hr per day that's 6,500 hours, probably beyond the original design life of the poor thing! I suggest that it is probably either totally knackered or at least in need of a major rebuild including a new cylinder and piston. I would suggest that a more frequent oil change would help with such heavy usage.

    Dan
     
  5. dianepoulter

    dianepoulter Member

    maybe you didn't read my post it runs 24hrs a day and from my understanding listers used to run lighthouses gpo switch centres non stop that's why these engines are still being used off grid unlike the modern eastern engines lister were good british quality
     
  6. robtheplumb

    robtheplumb Member


    Yes but when run 24/7 it had a lot more than 3 oil changes in 18 months. It does sound that it needs a top end overhaul and also the pump and injector serviced at the same time.
     
  7. dianepoulter

    dianepoulter Member

    l understand that the injector and pump needs to go to a specialist but is there any minor work we can do on it ourselves
     
  8. robtheplumb

    robtheplumb Member

    You could probably carry out the top end overhaul yourself, need a new gasket set and tools. All depends on your mechanical capabilities....
     
  9. TangyeDan

    TangyeDan Active Member

    It sounds like you have already benefitted from Lister's British Quality and demonstrated its resilience to abuse. Anything will run for much longer when properly maintained as per the manufacturers instructions, which is what Trinity House and the GPO would have done. Most also had redundancy in their power houses such that one engine could be down for maintenance at any time.

    The Lister Manual for the ST here: winget.co.uk/document/LISTER%20ST%20WORKSHOP%20MANUAL.pdf quotes that you should change the oil every 250hrs, in your case every 10 days. It also quotes that a major overhaul is likely at 6000hrs (Page 22).

    Generating your own power is not cheap, particularly if you factor in the proper maintenance costs. You will probably need a rebore, or new cylinder, piston, and rings at the least. Given the lack of fresh oil I expect the crank and bearings will need attention too.

    Regards,
    Dan
     
  10. petternut

    petternut Administrator

    I hope Dan will forgive me but I feel the need to point out that there are Cos. that pay well for his opinion on such matters.

    cheers
    Roland
     

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