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Old 01-10-2010, 07:19 PM
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Request for diesel fundamentals reading material please

Hi all,

I'm interested in aquiring some reading material to learn more about my mercedes, something that really starts with the basics, how diesel engines work, transmissions work, etc. I already own the Haynes manual and the 2 disc Mercedes repair manual set, both of which are great, but I'm looking to get down to the groundwork that I should know so that I can better understand and diagnose my car. Any suggestions? Thanks!

1984 240D Euro 5 Speed 201,000 miles
1984 300D Euro 4 Speed (runs great but ugly)
1984 300TD 185,000 miles
1985 300TD, 240,000 miles
1972 220D, 240,000 miles w/ a stuck odometer
1984 300D, 214,000 miles
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Old 01-10-2010, 07:47 PM
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Haynes also sells a basic manual on diesel engine fundamentals. I found mine at a used book store years ago but you might have some luck with google. Another possibility might be asking Borders/Barnes & Noble to order it.

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Old 01-10-2010, 08:34 PM
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Yeah, the internet is great, especially if you can find some good animations. Depending on your level of knowledge, is great.
1983 240D 3.0T 4-speed manual, now sold

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Old 01-10-2010, 08:49 PM
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Most of the stuff I learned about my car came directly from reading threads on this forum.

When I'm done reading I would go to the search function and read up on things that my car would be doing oddly.

Read up on this forum as often as you can. If you have a smartphone with internet access consider reading when you aren't busy... Or in my case when you should be working
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Old 01-10-2010, 09:07 PM
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This looks like a good starting point:
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Old 01-10-2010, 09:47 PM
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Heres one for the injection system.

Fuel injection training manual

Thats if its still available.

Experience : what you receive 3 seconds after you really needed it !!

86 300SDL 387,000? Motor committed suicide
81 300SD 214,000 "new" 132,000 motor
83 300SD 212,000 parts car
83 300SD 147,000

91 F700 5.9 cummins 5spd eaton 298,000
66 AMC rambler American 2dr auto 108,000
95 Chevy 3/4 ton auto 160,000
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Old 01-11-2010, 02:06 AM
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If you want Books I would first try your Public Library first; although you may not be able to check them out and take them home. Your Library may have a website and you do not even need to leave home to see what they have.

Other good books are the text book/s that a trade schoole would use.
Find the title and Author of the book and look for it at amazon or eBay.

I have not read this book but if you look close there are 2 customer reviews.
They show a used paperback version for $10 + $3.99 Shipping (but I would shop around first).

You might see if you can find it on eBay. Evidently this book also had a work book so it must have been a text book.

Near my area in San Pedro S CA there is a Trade School Harbor Occupational Center. This is where I took Diesel Mechanics back in the middle 1970s.
Other Community Colleges also offer courses.

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