I got stuck for another day in Cleveland, but Fastlane's overnight delivery left the distributor cap, rotor, plugs and connectors on the deck. My son got home and when he found out I was not arriving this evening he put the stuff in. When he started the car it ran significantly better, but still only on 3 cylinders (the same three).
This car used to have real difficulty when it had to run through 2600 rpm when cold, especially when the temperatures were below 40 degrees F. That seems to be better, but the number one cylinder still does not fire. I will do a check of the plug wire resistance when I get home, and a compression check to see if there is some other issue. I do not suspect a problem there, but at this point I guess I have to start looking everywhere. Any further suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Jim
1986 Euro 190E 2.3-16 (291,000 miles),
1998 E300D TurboDiesel, 231,000 miles -purchased with 45,000,
1988 300E 5-speed 252,000 miles,
1983 240D 4-speed, purchased w/136,000, now with 222,000 miles.
2009 ML320CDI Bluetec, 89,000 miles
1971 220D (250,000 miles plus, sold to father-in-law),
1975 240D (245,000 miles - died of body rot),
1991 350SD (176,560 miles, weakest Benz I have owned),
1999 C230 Sport (45,400 miles),
1982 240D (321,000 miles, put to sleep)