DD15 Worn or Damaged Valve Guide/Seal or Cylinder Kit Causing Excessive Blue Smoke

To determine if a worn or damaged cylinder kit is causing excessive blue smoke, perform the following:‪

  1. Move the vehicle requiring testing to the chassis dynamometer; refer to OEM guidelines.
  2. Disconnect air compressor; refer to appropriate service manual, special equipment chapter.
  3. Start the engine.
  4. Run the engine and bring the engine coolant temperature to normal operating range.
  5. Run the vehicle to full load and rated speed.
  6. Attach a manometer calibrated to read in inches of water, to the oil fill opening.
  7. Measure and record crankcase pressure.
  8. Shut down the engine.
  9. Remove the vehicle from the chassis dynamometer.
  10. Review the crankcase pressure test.
    1. If the crankcase pressure was greater than 1.25 kPa (2.5 in. H2 O), Refer to “1.3 Valves” in the “Engine” chapter of the EPA07 DD15 Workshop Manual (DDC-SVC-MAN-0002).
    2. If the crankcase pressure was less than 1.25 kPa (2.5 in. H2 O), :go to the next step.
  11. Check the following for possible causes of low compression
    1. Jake Brake/piston
    2. Valve lash/valve train damage
    3. Cam timing
    4. Cylinder liner/ring damage
    5. Injector hold downs
    6. Blown head gasket
    7. Cracked liner or head
    8. Valve or seat damage
    9. Repair any causes of low compression found using the EPA07 DD15 Workshop Manual (DDC-SVC-MAN-0002). Once repairs are made, refer to “ Verify Repairs” .
    10. If no cause of low compression was found, perform the cylinder compression test using DDDL. If results indicate a weak cylinder, perform the manual compression test, refer to “7.2.1 Cylinder Compression Test” .

Cylinder Compression Test

Perform the following steps for a compression test on a DD15 Engine:‪

Note: First perform the cylinder compression test using DDDL. If results indicate a weak cylinder, perform the manual compression test.

  1. Start and run the engine until normal operating temperature is reached. Stop the engine.
    To avoid injury when working on or near an operating engine, wear protective clothing, eye protection, and hearing protection.‪
    To avoid injury from hot surfaces, wear protective gloves, or allow engine to cool before removing any component.‪
  2. Disconnect the batteries.
  3. Remove rocker cover.
  4. Remove both injector harnesses.
    To avoid injury from flying debris when using compressed air, wear adequate eye protection (face shield or safety goggles) and do not exceed 276 kPa (40 psi) air pressure.‪
    NOTICE: ‪
    All the fuel must be removed from the cylinder head before removing injectors. This prevents the fuel from entering the cylinder and causing cylinder wall lube oil wash down or a hydrostatic lock at startup.‪
  5. Remove high pressure fuel line from the suspect cylinder.
  6. Remove the injector.
  7. Remove excess fuel from cylinder.
  8. Install the adaptor (J-47411) into the cylinder and torque to 20 N·m plus 90 degrees with the injector hold-down clamp and bolt.
  9. Attach cylinder compression gauge (J–6692–B).
  10. Reconnect the batteries.
  11. Install the fuel rail plug (J-48404)
  12. Install the hold-down bolt onto the Jake Brake solenoid.
  13. Crank the engine over using the starter motor five compression strokes record the compression reading on the gauge.Note: Verify that the batteries voltage does not go low enough to affect engine cranking speed. If the cranking speed is affected then the results will be inaccurate. If needed connect a battery charge to maintain battery voltage.
  14. The compression reading should be 3102-3793 kPa (450-550 psi) with no two cylinders differing by more than 276 kPa (40 psi). If compression readings are below specifications, repeat step 10 to be certain of the reading.
  15. Remove the injector hold-down clamps discard the hold-down bolt and remove the compression test adaptors.Note: Injector hold-down bolts are a one time use.
  16. Repeat steps for all suspect cylinders.

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