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Old 12-22-2008, 01:27 AM
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Starting issue!

Weird thing happened to me today. I went to go start my car, it glowed and then I go to crank and it cranks but doesn't fire off. I had to do this for 10 minutes with resting for the starter.

After the first go I went under the hood and checked that the fuel was primed which it was, I was curious since the car is now parked on an incline with the nose pointing down(decline?). Oil was fine, coolant fine, intake clear, exhaust clear. Glow plugs were getting power, no vac lines unconnected, battery connected.

I called my mechanic, Pierre and he said the shut off valve could be sticking but why would it start sticking suddenly?

I just got back from hanging out with some friends and the starting issue was present... again.

In the morning I'll pull a vacuum on the valve and see whats up.

any thoughts?
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Old 12-22-2008, 01:34 AM
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Sudden no start issues are usually glow plugs. I would check your glow plugs.

You can check to see if your shut-off valve is sticking by simple unplugging the vac line. This will allow any vac that hasn't bled off out. But I put my money on a glow plug or two.
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Old 12-22-2008, 01:50 AM
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Could be an air leak in the fuel lines
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Old 12-22-2008, 01:52 AM
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Glow plugs are a good #1 option.
Air leaking at the primer pump could also be an issue.
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Old 12-22-2008, 02:47 AM
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Joe, LMK how this goes as I've still got 4 of the new glow plugs we got for the 190D in the garage...but I should find out what my issue is too (other than the broken rotors!)...

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Old 12-22-2008, 09:56 AM
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I'll double check with my volt meter but they were installed in January and were Bosch brand.
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Old 12-22-2008, 10:18 AM
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MAKE SURE YOU CHECKS THE OHMS! not just the volts to the plugs. with the nose pointed down, it's very unlikely an air in the fuel problem, #1 guess is glow plugs, #2 guess is valve clearances.
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Old 12-22-2008, 10:38 AM
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I went back and did it again, all but one plug(#4) are testing open circuit. I thought I was doing it wrong yesterday (plug test). That pissed me off since I just put new plugs in the thing in January and I'm in FL!

But the engine starts after the cranking in FL's cold weather. Last year with the dead glow relay I was getting the car to start just fine in 30's when stone cold.

if today wasn't so windy I'd adjust the valves.. again

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