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Old 05-05-2003, 03:43 PM
JimSmith JimSmith is offline
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Old Lyme, Connecticut
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Try reaching around and feeling the connection to the back of the starting key/door lock assembly. There are two vacuum lines that are supposed to go to the back of the assembly, and the chances are it is leaking out of there. It is a sign of a bad vacuum diaphragm in the shut off mechanism on the fuel injection pump. I have had the same experience you had until the rubber connectors at the key assembly got gooey and slipped off. Good Luck, 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)
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