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Old 11-13-2012, 03:46 PM
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Question Sputtering and shutting off - '84 300TD

My car lost power and shut off on the interstate today. I thought maybe it got some air in the line from my diesel tank that ran low(I run a two tank WVO system). I primed the lines with the pump a bit and it fired up fine but then died off after 30sec or so. It did this a few times then I managed to limp it off the interstate and drive slow back to work. It seemed to get a little bit of power back but overall it seems like it is sputtering and I am often holding the pedal to the floor going 30mph. Could this just be some air that has gotten into the lines or maybe a filter needing changed? I did not notice any different behavior when running on WVO versus diesel.

I'm trying to decide if I need to go change the filters before I drive home or do something else.

EDIT: It's a 1984 300TD, not a 87.


"Gerwalt" 1984 - 300TD

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Old 11-13-2012, 03:56 PM
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I would change your filters first.

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Old 11-14-2012, 09:39 PM
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Fuel Filter fixed it.

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Old 11-14-2012, 09:50 PM
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I fixed your title...
I was wondering where you found an 87 foot long TD...
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:55 PM
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Haha! Yeah it's very rare and hard to corner.


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