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Old 01-18-2021, 01:55 PM   #1
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CAT 3208 engine service manuals

Bought my boat (GB 42CL) and now I would like to buy engine service manual. They are approx. $200 on line for used hardcopy. An alternative is thumb drive pdf for $80 from Ebay or Etsy. Have any of you purchased these thumb drives? Just wondering if they are the exact copies of the paper books? Also wonder why these are only available from overseas places like Poland - maybe counterfeit copies? If you know of another source please let me know.
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Old 01-18-2021, 02:22 PM   #2
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Probably on line at sbmar.com pay to join.
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Old 01-18-2021, 02:55 PM   #3
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I have Cat 3208NA's
I have been looking for the manuals as well. I have managed to find various info and some manuals. More than willing to share them. Send me your email and i'll look through my files in the next few days and forward them to you. Just changed to a new home desktop and my back up files not reloaded yet.
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I have Cat 3208NA's
I have been looking for the manuals as well. I have managed to find various info and some manuals. More than willing to share them. Send me your email and i'll look through my files in the next few days and forward them to you. Just changed to a new home desktop and my back up files not reloaded yet.
Hi Martin

Iíve just sent you a PM with my email address, I would be certainly interested in anything you have concerning these engines, thank you.
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Have you checked the maintenance manual on this forum? Go to upper right corner of home page and click on “Library”. On page two under “Manuals” you’ll find Cat 3208 manual.
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Old 01-18-2021, 05:09 PM   #6
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Sorry Pat / Ray sorry I forgot i posted the service manual in 2019
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Bayview, couldn't find any CAT manuals on the sbmar.com website. Looks like all Cummins stuff. Martin and Ray, thanks for your inputs but there is a more detailed service manual that I am looking for. It is most likely not issued with the boat but to CAT techs.
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People confuse CAT service manuals with CAT maintenance manuals. Cat services manuals are expensive and detailed. Maintenance manuals are available on line for free.

I have seen those thumb drives on line. I have been fearful that they are a scam. If any one has bought one let me know how it turned out.
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People confuse CAT service manuals with CAT maintenance manuals. Cat services manuals are expensive and detailed. Maintenance manuals are available on line for free.

I have seen those thumb drives on line. I have been fearful that they are a scam. If any one has bought one let me know how it turned out.

Yes, I think that the service/maintenance manual is a point of confusion.
I require the service version.
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You have a post on Boatdiesel. Check it out.
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Could not come up with anything at boatdiesel.com either. I am tempted to try Ebay. They do offer some sort of guarantee. Will hold off a while. Hope someone else here chimes in.
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https://pagelarge.com/manual/caterpi...ervice-manual/

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Maybe expensive, but have tried ordering it from CAT? Have your engine serial number ready.
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Old 01-21-2021, 07:19 PM   #14
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Someone just posted, on Boatdiesel, what appears to be a good link for manuals.

https://qualityservicemanual.com/search/node/3208%20Cat
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Pat, I don't see where you have answered ASD's [ post 13 on T.F.] question or mine on Boatdiesel.

Have you actually approached Caterpillar?

I have been amazed sometimes at people who have posted the same question especially on B.D. and they never approached the engine mfgrs..

I assume you have BUT???
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C letric, believe I privately answered ASD and I did answer on boatdiesel that there was nothing in the PDF that was useful ( I was able to see all that was there). The actual hard copy manual is out there on EBay for approx. $200 to $300 so I doubt Caterpillar would sell me one for cheaper. CAT is my last resort and forums are a way to try and get some good feedback from the guys in the know.
As always, thanks to all for the help.
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I had 2 CAT manuals, but that was a while ago. I would have sent you one for a AA (Alaskan Amber Beer).

Good luck in your search! You may have to bite the bullet and spend the money.
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Yes ASD, I'll get the manual eventually.
Had to research the Alaskan Amber - made with glacier fed water! Ok, now I have to go out and hunt some of this stuff down. Should be easier to get than the CAT service manual!
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http://www.atlanticmobilemarine.com/...aintenance.pdf
https://pagelarge.com/manual/caterpi...ervice-manual/
https://qualityservicemanual.com/697...service-manual


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Yes ASD, I'll get the manual eventually.
Had to research the Alaskan Amber - made with glacier fed water! Ok, now I have to go out and hunt some of this stuff down. Should be easier to get than the CAT service manual!
Lol you may be right.
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