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Old 03-20-2008, 08:36 PM
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Today was NOT a fun Day

It all started with a phone call. Normally, I don't get calls during work hours unless some thing's up. My girlfriend is having a problem with her brand-new 1976 300d. Apparently, she ran out of fuel on the highway, and was forced to stop on the left shoulder (not safe at ALL here in MI)


OK, I tell her to call MB roadside.


An hour passes (I couldn't leave work, to busy) I receive no phonecall. So, I call. She picks up and gives me a brief "batteries dieing" and hangs up.

I get out a half hour later.; I go right to autozoo. I get a few gallon jugs of dieselkleen, and a jug for diesel. I then go fill the jug and my Rabbit up (with 45 Cetane diesel, even) Then I head out.

Now, I have no idea where she is on this freeway. I was to 94 and 696. So I do a loop. I don't see her either way, so I head towards her house (to see if she got it started) I getto a mile or so from my house, and I get a phonecall.
It's her. They Towed her to John and Holgers import shop.

Now, I knew they wouldnt help. I dont trust the shop and some of there practices. They wouldnt even so much as LOOK at her car real quick, because the (ack) close in an HOUR. I start driving to the shop. Now I realize that, oh **** - MY rabbit is overheating. I cost into hasting discount auto parts (oddly enough, this is EXACTLY where my 300D lost it's head gasket.)


I dump some coolant in, fill up the oil.





I drive to the car, have a friend pick her up and take her home. Then I look for any problems, and dump the diesel in. Everythings primmed. I start cranking, and she just don't sound right. I know it has good compression, this engine only has 70k on it. I know the glow system needs work, but it's been starting for the past week.


so, It got dark and cold. I limped home. I got a return phonecall from Whunter, He'll be out to help around midnight. Until then.......

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Old 03-20-2008, 08:48 PM
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Open Discussion is an odd place for this thread......
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Old 03-20-2008, 09:00 PM
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I thought the thread wasn't really about MB diesels, it was about life sucking today.
Cheaper to post it here than consult a therapist.
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Old 03-20-2008, 09:03 PM
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It all started with a phone call. Normally, I don't get calls during work hours unless some thing's up. My girlfriend is having a problem with her brand-new 1976 300d. Apparently, she ran out of fuel on the highway, and was forced to stop on the left shoulder (not safe at ALL here in MI)


OK, I tell her to call MB roadside.


An hour passes (I couldn't leave work, to busy) I receive no phonecall. So, I call. She picks up and gives me a brief "batteries dieing" and hangs up.

I get out a half hour later.; I go right to autozoo. I get a few gallon jugs of dieselkleen, and a jug for diesel. I then go fill the jug and my Rabbit up (with 45 Cetane diesel, even) Then I head out.

Now, I have no idea where she is on this freeway. I was to 94 and 696. So I do a loop. I don't see her either way, so I head towards her house (to see if she got it started) I getto a mile or so from my house, and I get a phonecall.
It's her. They Towed her to John and Holgers import shop.

Now, I knew they wouldnt help. I dont trust the shop and some of there practices. They wouldnt even so much as LOOK at her car real quick, because the (ack) close in an HOUR. I start driving to the shop. Now I realize that, oh **** - MY rabbit is overheating. I cost into hasting discount auto parts (oddly enough, this is EXACTLY where my 300D lost it's head gasket.)


I dump some coolant in, fill up the oil.





I drive to the car, have a friend pick her up and take her home. Then I look for any problems, and dump the diesel in. Everythings primmed. I start cranking, and she just don't sound right. I know it has good compression, this engine only has 70k on it. I know the glow system needs work, but it's been starting for the past week.


so, It got dark and cold. I limped home. I got a return phonecall from Whunter, He'll be out to help around midnight. Until then.......
I'm sorry for your luck. Things always turn around. Thankfully, your girlfriend is ok I presume. One thing leads to another in positive ways too.
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Old 03-20-2008, 10:56 PM
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John & Holger's got a big thumbs down, from a fellow member. Good thing it was close to closing time, or they might have touched the car.
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Old 03-20-2008, 11:31 PM
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John & Holger's got a big thumbs down, from a fellow member. Good thing it was close to closing time, or they might have touched the car.
My thoughts exactly.



This thread was to vent. Now I have two cars here that need headwork.
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Old 03-21-2008, 03:07 AM
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The w115 is safely back, parked in my driveway.



She was bone dry and the starter is weak. Needed a complete 10mins of cranking to start, using starter fluid also.


the glowplugs arnt working, which was half the problem.
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Old 03-21-2008, 07:27 AM
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Probably more than half.

Good luck.

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Old 03-21-2008, 07:39 AM
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Damn man, that is a rough day. At least there's a little consolation that the GF is okay and you've got the car back home before the garage tore into it.
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Old 03-21-2008, 08:44 AM
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She was bone dry and the starter is weak. Needed a complete 10mins of cranking to start, using starter fluid also.


why did you use starting fluid? why?
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Old 03-21-2008, 05:01 PM
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why did you use starting fluid? why?

to help start it when cold, since the GP system isnt working, and it was 20 degrees out.



WD-40 is the usual fluid. Use it like you would either, but instead of washing all the oil off the cylinder walls, it's an oil itself.

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