Engine Performance problem
1985 Mercedes Benz 300dt V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic 285000 miles
I have (ignorantly) used engine starter fluid in my air intake to start my 1985 Mercedes 300td on several occassions. Now it won't start at all.
Having replaced both fuel filters and the air filter, my next task was to change the oil; I haven't the chance because now she wont start at all.
With a jump, she'll turn over (ran the battery down trying to start her) and sometimes fire.
Could this be a glow-plug problem? I really don't want to give up on her but my husband is ready to throw her overboard.
I notice fuel leaking (small, slow leak) and don't know if that could mean there's not enough fuel getting to the engine to get her to start. She's always been a bit challenging in this area, but with patience and agressive throttling, I've always been able to get her going.
Any suggestions on where to start? I have a Haynes Manual and use it. I note this only to allow for the possibility your response might be affected by this.
Thanks in advance for your help and keep up the great work!
Sunday, January 25th, 2009 AT 12:18 AM