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Old 05-23-2000, 09:16 AM
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While you're in there taking the alternator off, make sure that your battery cables are in good shape, and (very important) that the connections at both ends are clean and tight. Diesels are much harder for a starter to turn over than gas engines, and having all cables and connections in top condition prevents starting failures at inopportune times. My sister in law has a very ratty 1980 euro 240D with over 200,000 miles on it, but it starts even in Chicago weather because her tech is so vigilant about maintaining the glow plugs, starting system, etc. Good luck!
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