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Old 01-04-2007, 06:46 PM
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Long sitting ,whats first to just get it started

A 84 190d 2.2 beater but not,its clean exterior ,just old paint ,sitting for 2 years.Has ok interior except for the dash and the hay bundle in the back seat.Whats first ?I was thinking the things I need were a long hose ,hot battery,can of diesel,wd40,and a prayer. Should I first shoot some wd40 in the intake and see if it wants to start or hook it all up to the can of diesel and let her rip?
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Old 01-04-2007, 06:48 PM
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I'd start by just turning the key.
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Old 01-04-2007, 07:00 PM
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Id like to have fresh diesel hit the injectors ,I know diesel can get the beasties and dont want to miss diagnose what could be a good car with just a bad fuel problem.
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Old 01-04-2007, 07:05 PM
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the fuel tank/lines will surely need a good thorough cleaning
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Old 01-04-2007, 07:26 PM
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Mine sat for a few years before I got it. It needed a head gasket/timing chain so I did those. I then connected a portable tank of fresh diesel to the primary fuel filter. Dropped some fresh oil/filters and a battery in it and cranked away. The IP is self priming so it will take awhile of spinning to get primed. I pulled my glowplugs to ease the strain on the starter. Once i saw a fuel mist coming out of the GP holes I stopped. I then installed the GPs and spun it over. It fired and the real fun began.
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Old 01-04-2007, 08:26 PM
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If it were me, I would not just go cranking on the engine after it sat for two years.

The other posts bring up valid points, it would be a good idea to use fresh diesel to start with. I would go ahead and remove each injector or glow plug and squirt in a little marvel mystery oil or ATF. This will make sure you do not shock the rings, by lubricating them before cranking at all. After adding the lube to all the cylinders, I would turn the engine over by hand before trying to start it.

I would only go through these precautionary measures to be sure that you didnt harm the engine in any way. Most likely though, you will be ok without doing this.

Your call, but I would do it.
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Old 01-05-2007, 09:24 AM
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If it were me, I would not just go cranking on the engine after it sat for two years.

The other posts bring up valid points, it would be a good idea to use fresh diesel to start with. I would go ahead and remove each injector or glow plug and squirt in a little marvel mystery oil or ATF. This will make sure you do not shock the rings, by lubricating them before cranking at all. After adding the lube to all the cylinders, I would turn the engine over by hand before trying to start it.

I would only go through these precautionary measures to be sure that you didnt harm the engine in any way. Most likely though, you will be ok without doing this.

Your call, but I would do it.
But....some years back, I was getting rid of a '79 300D parts car, it had hit a tree.....front end was mashed back into engine......after I had cut away the fenders, radiator and grill parts.....I hooked up an extra battery.....and it fired right up.......this car had been sitting, immobile for 5 or 6 years.....after squirting old black lube from the oil cooler connections.....was shut down immediately......the engine and transmission was then given to a friend who wanted it for a Farm type project......

Bottom line....it's a Diesel, and it should run on nearly anything....old diesel included.....if it has anything close to decent compression.....

SB

And....I also agree....be easy on the WD40.....
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'67 Eicher ES 202 Tractor "Otto" (2cyl, Air Cooled, 30HP)
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Old 01-05-2007, 09:35 AM
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When I bought my 1985 300D she had been parked for a year in a driveway. It took a couple of minutes to get her started in the mid thirty temps, but she also had two or three glow plugs not working. Once she lit I drove her from Cincinnati to Bryan, OH on the interstate. No issues. She really seemed to 'clear her throat' for about the first 20 minutes of the drive and then she just drove like the glorious W123 that she is. My father was with me to bring our Buick back. He thought that I was crazy in expecting to drive a car that far that had sat for a year.
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Old 01-05-2007, 10:06 AM
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Further comment on sitting idle for long period....

Folks,

When I got the '85 300 D seen in my sig photo.....it had been sitting for quite some time, before the PO decided to donate it to charity.....it had a recent oil change and service tag in the windshield....I drove it home, a bit over 200 miles......had to purchase windshield wiper blades en route.....then proceeded in changing all of the fluids and filters in the car....still have to do the power steering fluid/filter......the car was advertised as having "new" tires....and they were, still had all of the mold marks and color within the tread.....and they vibrated terribly, took them to a Goodyear store....the Goodyear guy had a look.....the tires were flat spotted....he was gonna make them good, until he read the tire codes.....they were new in March of 2000......also from carfax, car did not move much during that 5 to 6 year period......since I have owned this one, I have only done some minor maintenance....the most expensive item has been a used Auxiliary Fan.....

This car has been getting better with use.....

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Diesels:
'85 300D, "Max, Blue Benz", 155K, 27.0 MPG
'84 190D 2.2, "Eva, Brown Benz", 142K, 40.2 MPG
'77 240D (parts car)
'67 Eicher ES 202 Tractor "Otto" (2cyl, Air Cooled, 30HP)
Gassers:
'94 Ford F-150, "Henry", 170K (300 Six) 17.5 MPG
'85 190E 2.3, 148K....Parts Car
'58 Dodge W300M Powerwagon (Flat Fenders) Less than 10 MPG
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Old 01-05-2007, 11:42 AM
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Block wheels.
Temp. fuel tank with known fuel.
Verify coolant.
Bring a good battery!
Drain off some oil & verify condition.
Pour in 1 qt oil (you did remove 1 qt?) as fast as possible to lube the valve train.
Look in the filter intake hose & housing for nests.
Look at the turbo for leaking oil on the 'clear' 1/2" line if on the car.
Keep a 10 or 5 lb. CO2 fire ext. handy incase it runs away.
Unplug the engine shut off line & attach a longer line so you can make a good vacuum to shut off engine.
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Old 01-05-2007, 11:50 AM
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Keep a 10 or 5 lb. CO2 fire ext. handy incase it runs away.


Best advice in this thread.
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