Updated: Sep 23, 2020
Over the years Perkins has produced hundreds of different engines for our UK diesel generators – and each has a number of different variants. So how do you know the exact specification of your engine?
All the information you need about your engine is included on your engine plate – although you do need to know how to read the information recorded on it.
Diesel Engines for Power Generators vary according to the application and power requirements of the machine, and the components required may be different between engine variants. For example, different fan heights and pulleys mean differences in fan belts or the fitting of a turbocharger may mean different oil system requirements. Knowing the engine and serial number will enable you to decide on the exact parts you require when you need to service or repair your engine.
Engine serial numbers are found on a metal plate commonly fixed to the engine block, typically found on the left-hand side of your Perkins engine powered diesel generator.
Once you’ve located the plate, the letters and numbers that make up an engine’s model number are a series of codes to tell you the engine family, the number of cylinders, the emissions standard, the type of ignition, the capacity, the type of aspiration and if relevant the Diesel Generator set rating.