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Old 12-29-2016, 12:03 AM
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1992 300D rough idle

Well, I have a 300D with the 2.5 turbo diesel engine, and it has roughly 240,000 miles. It has a few issues and I hope to learn more about this car and what's wrong with it.

It's got a really rough idle. When I start it in the morning, it idles fine for 30 seconds or so. After 30 seconds, it starts smoking and shaking. I think it must be misfiring, it produces a heavy white smoke screen out of the exhaust. (I'm going to update this and provide a video clip tomorrow.)(Video: https://my.mixtape.moe/mixdke.mp4). When I start moving, the car is very jerky and it chugs at the lower rpms until it builds boost. After the car warms up, it idles better. (Above 50C)

After 5 minutes of driving, the turbo stops spooling and building boost entirely. I can tell this from the power output and sound of the car. Very slow acceleration, difficult to reach highway speeds while merging. The vacuum lines under the hood are in pretty bad condition. I've noticed cracks in the rubber, I think they're dry rotted. If someone can provide info on what size I need to replace all of them, I'd appreciate it.

It's also leaking coolant. When I park it on an incline, I notice the coolant level goes down and there's coolant on the concrete. I think I may have found a leak on the return line to the resovior.

Hopefully someone can help me understand what is going on. The car does have paperwork for all the maintenance done, I'm going to take a look at it tomorrow.
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Old 12-29-2016, 12:28 AM
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What's the smoke smell like?
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What's the smoke smell like?
It's a heavy diesel odor, smells pretty strong.
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It's a heavy diesel odor, smells pretty strong.
Check your fuel filters and see what kind of fuels in there. It's worth seeing if they're clogged up. You'll get a good idea from looking at the pre-filter as well but the main filter is a tell-all.
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At what RPM are you idling when hot and cold?
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Old 01-04-2017, 01:42 PM
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At what RPM are you idling when hot and cold?
It's right around 600-750 hot and cold. I don't know what this would mean.
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It's right around 600-750 hot and cold. I don't know what this would mean.
750 is normal cold. 600 is normal when its warm. Nothing out of the ordinary.
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Have you cleaned the tank strainer?

Could be a source of the problem.
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Did you check the fuel filters?
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Did you check the fuel filters?
Been a little busy, I'm going to do it this weekend.
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A simple test I might preform. Feed a constant voltage to the glow plugs.


If the engine does not roughen up after the thirty seconds that way. I would do a compression check.
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