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Old 09-15-2013, 01:57 PM
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98 E300, no start, fuel filter not full

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I started to town (I live 10 miles out) and car wouldn't accelerate, didn't want to run. Limped home. Changed main fuel filter. Car started after a few attempts. Drove to town and back, no problems. Car sat for a few days. Tried to start car and no luck. Today, I removed the fuel filter and it was only about 3/4 full. I refilled it, reinstalled and after a number of attempts, it started. Switched it off and restarted perfectly. I let it sit for 20 minutes, and it restarted normally. Has over 1/2 tank of fuel. Any ideas?

Thanks!

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Old 09-15-2013, 04:31 PM
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It sounds like you changed the Spin-on but not the primary Filter.

The Primary Filter or the Fuel Tank Screen could be restricted or plugged.

If they are clean I would suspect an Air Leak or a Fuel Supply/Lift Pump Failure.

You could also see if things improve with the Fuel Fill Cap off. If it does your Fuel Tank Vent is restricted.
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Old 09-15-2013, 05:37 PM
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Greetings All,

I started to town (I live 10 miles out) and car wouldn't accelerate, didn't want to run. Limped home. Changed main fuel filter. Car started after a few attempts. Drove to town and back, no problems. Car sat for a few days. Tried to start car and no luck. Today, I removed the fuel filter and it was only about 3/4 full. I refilled it, reinstalled and after a number of attempts, it started. Switched it off and restarted perfectly. I let it sit for 20 minutes, and it restarted normally. Has over 1/2 tank of fuel. Any ideas?

Thanks!
Air in system, would be my guess. Find and stop leak/intrusion.
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Old 09-15-2013, 06:10 PM
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I thought the spin-on under the hood, was the main fuel filter. Is there another one and where?
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Old 09-15-2013, 06:23 PM
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Been there done that myself.

The little clamp on top of the filter with the hose coming into it is the primary filter retainer.

Undo the bolt, lift off the clamp, unplug the hose, and the primary filter is like a little basket (almost like a swimming pool strainer) under the hose connection.

If you ingest air at this point the car will run like cr*p or even die on you...

If your fuel hoses are original, order up a new set from the dealer and change them out. You will need to pull the IM, it is not too difficult if you have a way to raise up the car (a set of ramps is sufficient). Also order the IM gasket and the IM to EGR o-ring as you will need to replace them when removing the IM. And don't forget the 3 sealing washers needed for the one hose that uses a banjo bolt on the IP.

You will need a T40 bit for your socket set, these are readily available at the home improvement store.

Do an "advanced search" on my user name and OM606, I have posted the details on this several times recently.
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Old 09-15-2013, 06:49 PM
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Thank you! I will order the parts and try to get it done ASAP.
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Old 09-15-2013, 08:01 PM
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Don't forget to order a new o ring too. The new ones traditionally don't come with one.

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