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Old 03-27-2006, 02:23 PM
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1977 300d won't start

my 1977 300d will not start. the 300d runs perfect when started -if i can get it running. the fuel keeps getting air int the lines. so, i changed the lines and put new crush washers. the line that runs from the secondary filter to the injection box has a hissing noise when bleeding the air from the lines. then a few minutes later, i can see air in the lines. the problem started a few months ago,. i had to use s starter fluid to get the car to fire. the problem just kept getting worse. i'm just looking for the best place to start with-out wasting a lot of money.

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Old 03-27-2006, 10:16 PM
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get the valve clearances checked.
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Old 03-27-2006, 10:50 PM
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i think i have heard

with these symptoms to replace the priming pump.

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Although this is technically a "Vintage" vehicle, you will get MUCH more help on this in the Diesel forum. I'll leave a redirect here for a few days so you know where the thread went to.
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Try leaving your fuel tank cover off just in case you have a vaccum. Simple and eliminates that possibility although it's not likely. Tom's suggestion two posts earlier is more in line. The check is when pumping the pump no fuel should be coming out there. If there is quite a bit leaking out certainly replace the hand pump. If fuel leaks out air can leak in. It's less than 20.00 for the new improved type if test indicates it is required.

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Old 03-28-2006, 04:56 AM
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How old are your fuel filter?

Adjust the valves and if the hand primer is leaking, replace it.
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Old 03-28-2006, 12:40 PM
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replacing hand pump

is that what the hisssing noise is when i pump it? it doesn't really build up any pressure. i've replaced all the fuel lines and filtlers. and no leaks
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Old 03-28-2006, 05:33 PM
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Loosen the spin on filter and see if its full of fuel. If it is then the primer pump is doing its job.
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Old 03-28-2006, 05:51 PM
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the filter is full when i took it off. the primer pump will fill it with gas and the a few minutes later, you will see bubbles in the line and airpockets will develope. my understanding is that there should be no air in the system. plus, at the end of each pump, there is a psssst.
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The noise is probably just the return valve noise on the injection pump as fuel is processed.
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I neglected to mention that you may be fixated to the fuel system. Your glow plugs are working well? The only true answer is to check them out.
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