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Old 01-04-2003, 08:23 PM
ctaylor738 ctaylor738 is offline
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380SL Idle and Mixture Problems

With the Wayward Woman's new chain, tensioner, and replacement head functioning, I am now trying to solve two problems that I believe are related.

- fluctuating idle when warm
- rich idle mixture

When the car failed its emissions test, it had idle readings of 601 for HC and 6.18% for CO. Pass readings are 220 and 1.20. It passed the 2500 RPM test with readings of 150 and .65.

I believe that these problems are related, so I have tested the vacuum, idle control, and lamda today with the following results.

This is on a 1981 380SL with a M116.962 engine.

Fully warmed up, the idle in Park is 480-580 RPM with vacuum of 12-15 inches. The idle control is getting a fluctuating 3.7 - 4.1 volts.

With the thermo switch bridged, RPM rises to 750 and stabilizes. Vacuum stabilizes at 16 inches.

The lamda check was strange, and I am not sure I did it correctly. First, the valve is getting power. Second, with hot engine, and a dwell meter connected to pin 3 of the diagnostic socket, I am getting a constant reading of 6 degrees, which is like 7 - 8% - which makes no sense considering the rich readings at idle.

Anyone seen this before, or have ideas on where to go next?

TIA
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'66 200, '66 230SL, '96 SL500. Sold: '81 380SL, '86 300E, '72 250C, '95 C220, 3 '84 280SL's '90 420SEL, '72 280SE, '73 280C, '78 280SE, '70 280SL, '77 450SL, '85 380SL, '87 560SL, '85 380SL, '72 350SL, '96 S500 Coupe
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