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Old 10-12-2019, 04:39 PM
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Where did my engine bay stop lever go?

Both my cars have Euro spec 616 (W115) and 617 (W123) motors. (Both pictured below). I didn’t remember seeing the red STOP stickers in my engine bay so decided to check if they needed replacement.

Much to my surprise, I couldn’t see the STOP engine lever above the valve covers. Am I missing something? Are Euro vehicles not equipped with this lever? If so, how would I stop the vehicle incase the ignition key fails?

I’ve noticed other differences, such as the lack of a glow plug light in the instrument cluster and has a “pepper pot” glowing wire instead.

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Old 10-12-2019, 05:25 PM
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It looks like you have the euro m pump on the 617. The stop lever is on the injection pump itself. I don't think they put the stop sticker on these applications but the lever itself will say stop on it. Don't know about your 616.
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Old 10-18-2019, 09:08 PM
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I can't seem to find the lever. Same on the 616. Bizarre that they would do this different across continents. I must be missing something...
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Old 10-18-2019, 09:47 PM
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If you can take a better picture of your 617 euro m pump( take a shot of the entire pump) I'll be able to tell you if it's there or not.
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Old 10-19-2019, 10:02 AM
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On the W115 with OM616 there's no need for a "stop" lever under the hood - the gorilla knob on the dash will shut off fuel delivery when pushed to the "stop" position. This assumes the cable is adjusted properly and that the rubber block where the cable attaches to the IP is in good shape.

The pneumatically governed IP is a different beast. It does not use a vacuum signal to shut off fuel delivery like the later pumps. It is simpler and more reliable, IMHO.
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Old 10-21-2019, 05:45 AM
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M pump shutoff. The older 621, 615/616 shutoff is by a cable lever in a similar place.
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