Detroit Diesel 3-53 specs, 
bolt torques and manuals

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Detroit Diesel 3-53 specifications and manuals

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Arrangement
3-53 - 3 Cyl In-Line, natural aspiration
3-53T - 3 Cyl In-Line, turbocharged 

Displacement
3-53N and 3-53T - 2.6 liter, 159 CID
Bore - 3.875 in, 98.425 mm	 
Stroke - 4.50 in, 114.30 mm

Compression ratio:
3-53 21:1
3-53T 18.7:1

Power 
 3-53
101 hp, 75 kW @ 2800 rpm

 3-53T
131 hp, 98 kW @ 2500 rpm

Torque 
 3-53
205 lb.ft, 278 Nm @ 1560 rpm

 3-53T
312 lb.ft, 423 Nm @ 1600 rpm

Dimensions approx:
3-53N 
length 838 mm, 33 in
width 686 mm, 27 in 
height 889 mm, 35 in

3-53T 
length 838 mm, 33 in
width 737 mm, 29 in
height 1016 mm, 40 in

Weight approx:
3-53N 438 kg, 964 lb
3-53T 454 kg, 999 lb

Detroit Diesel 3-53 essential bolt tightening torques

Main Bearing Bolts (9/16 NC)
step 1 = 60 lb.ft, 80 Nm 
step 2 = 130 lb.ft, 177 Nm

Connecting Rod Bolts
earlier type had 5/16 in bolts
24 to 28, lb.ft, 33 to 38 Nm

later type has 3/8 in bolts
40 to 45, lb.ft, 54 to 61 Nm

Cylinder head Bolts (5/8 NC)
step 1 = 60 lb.ft, 80 Nm
step 2 = 110 lb.ft, 150 Nm 
step 3 = 180 lb.ft, 240 Nm


Detroit Diesel 3-53 manuals and other literature

Detroit Diesel 53 series operator manual p1 of 138
Detroit Diesel 53 series 
operator manual 
138 pages, Click image to download
Detroit Diesel 4-53 series parts manual p1
Detroit Diesel 4-53 series 
parts manual 
56 pages, Click image to download
Detroit Diesel in line 53 series parts manual p1
Detroit Diesel 53 in line engines 
parts manual 
74 pages, Click image to download
Detroit Diesel all 53 workshop manual p1
Detroit Diesel 53 series 
workshop manual 
Sections 1 and 2 
439 pages, Click image to download
Detroit Diesel all 53 workshop manual sections 3 thru 15 p1
Detroit Diesel 53 series 
workshop manual 
Sections 3 thru 15 
559 pages, Click image to download
Detroit Diesel 53 series spec sheet collection p1
Detroit Diesel 53 series 
spec sheet collection 
12 pages, Click image to download

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