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Old 08-24-2004, 07:48 PM
psfred psfred is offline
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The injectors hold pressure just below opening pressure all the time via the pressure valve on the injection pump, they never go negative at all. There is no way air will travel all the way down the body into the nozzle, anyway -- the overflow lines just collect the inevetable leakage around the pintle shaft in the nozzle (there has to be clearance so it can close).

If you DO get air in there, the pressure valve is bad at the pump or you are getting air into the line at the cap nut or via the injection pumpt itself.

Normal injection volume is 50 microliters (50/1000 mL) per cycle on a Benz diesel and full fuel. To deliver this small volume (about 2 drops, more or less) from the IP to the nozzle, the line must be at near nozzle opening pressure and full of fuel, else nothing comes out.....

1972 220D ?? miles
1988 300E 200,012
1987 300D Turbo killed 9/25/07, 275,000 miles
1985 Volvo 740 GLE Turobodiesel 218,000
1972 280 SE 4.5 165, 000 - It runs!
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