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Old 12-26-2009, 10:13 PM
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"95 E300D--threw a rod? Jumped timing? Broken valve?

Last night on the freeway I heard a sudden clattering/knocking. Engine began losing power quickly (30 seconds or less). Pulled on to shoulder and engine died. Wouldn't turn over--seemed seized. Full of oil, and no loss of oil pressure, no overheating, no leaks. Towed home. This morning, I tried to start it--it will turn over but makes a terrible scraping/shrieking noise with every revolution of the engine. I cut the serpentine belt just to see if it could be an accessory. No difference, still has scraping noise. Will almost start, but not quite. As if some of the cylinders are firing.

Any ideas?

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Old 12-26-2009, 10:25 PM
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pull the valve cover, look for a chain

pull the oil filter and look for shrapnel
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Old 12-27-2009, 12:24 AM
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If I might inquire, what size tires are on your W124 8 hole wheels?
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Old 12-27-2009, 12:38 AM
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I agree with Scott. Also drain the oil & see what you find in it. The car looks too good to scrap. At worst you may need a second hand motor.
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Old 12-27-2009, 12:52 AM
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Agree, too good to scrap, a color I rarely see too. Time to find a used engine.

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Old 12-27-2009, 04:05 PM
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How many miles has the engine covered?

Full service history?


1996 Mercedes S124 E300TD - 129k - rolling restoration project -

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