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Old 11-02-2013, 10:55 PM
Codifex Maximus Codifex Maximus is offline
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Location: Texas
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There are many possible causes for loss of coolant:
Visible radiator hoses - do an inspection. Look for signs of rust deposition from dried radiator water.
There is a tiny section of radiator hose between the front engine thermostat housing and the water pump I think. It's a regular inch or so length of hose that is hard to see unless you know where to look.
Pinholes in the radiator - look for the signs of water leaking out under pressure.

As for hard starting - glow plugs, glow plug timer, wires. Lack of air flow - check filter for blockage.

Fuel delivery as stated.

Also as suggested, don't jump to conclusions that all is lost. Check the little stuff first and rule it out.
1981 240D ChinaBlue (Got her running with a donor engine.)
1983 300DTurbo w/sunroof.
1984 300TD manual sunroof. (Electrical Gremlins)
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