Thread: 300SE Air Pump
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Old 06-26-2002, 11:15 AM
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You can actually unplug it indefinitely. The AIR pump only operates for the first 30 to 45 seconds until engine is properly warmed up and fuel being fully burned -- so harmful enviromental pollutants is limited. I don't think even the most environmentally sensitive on this board would throw a fuss. It is, however, illegal so act accordingly.

About rebuilding existing pump ... I'm pretty sure you'd get a core $$ return if you replaced it with a rebuilt one .. not sure how you'd rebuild it yourself. What problems are you having with it?

Check the 2 rubber elbow hoses that connect pump to head, for cracks/holes before you conclude the pump is bad. Sometimes oil will drip in this area and ruin a hose, leading to a muffled diesel-like sound which fools some that the actual pump is going/gone bad.

Good luck...


'91 300E, 213K miles
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