Diesel Running Backwards

   / Diesel Running Backwards #51  
Had an incident on a job site where a fellow accidently backed over a pick up tuck with a 500 ton rock truck and tried to blame it on the engine starting backwards. Didn't fly very well when he learned the engine only drove a generator and each wheel had its own DC drive motor
   / Diesel Running Backwards #52  
Why shouldn't it run just fine? all that is required that the piston go up and down.
Lube oil pumps don't supply oil to the engine when the gears or gerotor is turning backwards. Mufflers make poor air filters and air filters make poor mufflers.
   / Diesel Running Backwards #53  
Harley Davidson made Golf Carts (True Story). They were 2 Stroke, and they had reverse. The Reverse was used by stopping the engine and the starter ran backwards running the engine backwards.
   / Diesel Running Backwards #54  
The recurring theme on individual engines designed to run in either rotation is their two stroke design. No lube pump.
   / Diesel Running Backwards #55  
DD engines were not designed to run in either direction. Unique designs allowed each engine to run in the required rotation for specific applications.
Maybe I wasn't clear about what I meant.
Each engine was built to run either clockwise or counter-clockwise, but not in both directions. The blocks had a cam galley on both sides of the block so the cam and balance shaft could be on either side. That way the cylinder head could be mounted with the exhaust on which ever side suited the application. Same for the blower, depending on which way the block was installed, the blower mounting pad could be on either side. The block also had provisions on both ends of the block for the crankshaft thrust bearings, so the cranks could be installed either direction. If you were building an engine from parts, you had to be sure you had all the correct parts for that configuration, like proper oil pump and camshaft.
Early engines had blowers that ran at 1.69 times crank speed. Later ones used smaller rotors and ran at 2 times crank speed.
   / Diesel Running Backwards #56  
So I discovered something I was unaware of and just wondered if this was common knowledge. When using my logging winch, and bogging it down to the point of almost stalling, the engine would start running very oddly. After shutting it down I noticed the cable was unwound and tangled inside the winch. This happened twice before I discovered why. Apparently the engine under stalling conditions can start to run backwards, taking air in from from the exhaust and exhausting through the air intake, not a good condition for the engine. And in the process running my winch backwards and tangling up the cable. Anyway, now I'm more careful about how I run it with the winch. So is this common knowledge that I somehow previously just missed?
It sounds like you have an old style Jimmy two stroke, they would run very well backwards. When this happened many had oil bath air filtering and would suck the oil in. Literally the engine under stall conditions would roll backwards and start.
   / Diesel Running Backwards #58  
Lube oil pumps don't supply oil to the engine when the gears or gerotor is turning backwards. Mufflers make poor air filters and air filters make poor mufflers.
When an engine runs backwards the air still moves through it in the same direction, in the air filter and out the exhaust.