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Forum: Diesel Discussion 01-28-2016, 04:04 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,052
Posted By Orv
You should be able to get 13.6-14.4V at idle, if...

You should be able to get 13.6-14.4V at idle, if there's no other electrical loads on. Sometimes the car has to be revved up once to get the alternator field going but after that you should get good...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 01-28-2016, 03:48 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,221
Posted By Orv
The EMPI ones no longer seem to be annular type. ...

The EMPI ones no longer seem to be annular type. I ordered one and was deeply disappointed when it was homokinetic, since the one I was replacing was annular and I was hoping to avoid the work of...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 12-18-2015, 03:11 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,385
Posted By Orv
I live in the Seattle area, so same deal. ;)

I live in the Seattle area, so same deal. ;)
Forum: Diesel Discussion 12-18-2015, 03:09 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,385
Posted By Orv
From what I could see there's a double floor, and...

From what I could see there's a double floor, and fuel flows in the top part of the strainer and then out the lower part into the lower chamber. That's why the wagon strainer doesn't have a fuel...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 12-18-2015, 03:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 731
Posted By Orv
Make sure the drains in the side wells are clear....

Make sure the drains in the side wells are clear. If water pools in there it will cause condensation inside the trunk and make the leak seem much worse.
Forum: Diesel Discussion 12-18-2015, 12:57 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,385
Posted By Orv
I had a similar problem. I replaced the strainer...

I had a similar problem. I replaced the strainer and the problem got better, but it's still not great. (In my case there really wasn't all that much crud in the strainer, or the bottom of the tank.)...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 12-18-2015, 12:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,938
Posted By Orv
I've had that happen many times. The more play...

I've had that happen many times. The more play there is in the suspension and steering the more a tire pull will affect it. On front wheel drive cars the pull sometimes gets worse when you're on...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 12-18-2015, 12:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,671
Posted By Orv
Old thread, but since I just did a straight pipe...

Old thread, but since I just did a straight pipe modification to my 1981 300TD wagon I thought I'd describe my experience.

I kept the center resonator, and only replaced the rear muffler. I cut...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-31-2015, 10:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 847
Posted By Orv
The pump on mine is so worn out that having an...

The pump on mine is so worn out that having an ALDA doesn't matter much anymore. When I first took it off it smoked, but once I increased the max boost from 8 psi to 12 psi that went away. (Factory...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-29-2015, 09:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 918
Posted By Orv
Yup, that's what I did. Worked great. The...

Yup, that's what I did. Worked great. The problem was getting it back IN.
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-29-2015, 09:53 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,242
Posted By Orv
I do not doubt your expertise, or your...

I do not doubt your expertise, or your recommendation, but as a point of trivia I'm curious if you've actually seen this happen on a diesel.

It can happen very easily on a gasoline engine, of...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-29-2015, 09:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 918
Posted By Orv
Oh, right, and gear oil stinks with some...

Oh, right, and gear oil stinks with some authority. Wear clothes you can throw out when you're done because the smell will never come out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLk5268-8DA
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-29-2015, 09:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 918
Posted By Orv
Lessons learned changing an axle on my '81: ...

Lessons learned changing an axle on my '81:

- Break the fill plug loose first, BEFORE draining the diff oil. If you can't break it loose, have a plan for how you'll refill the diff. Refilling...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-29-2015, 09:29 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,869
Posted By Orv
I had a couple VW's with Bosch K-Jetronic (aka...

I had a couple VW's with Bosch K-Jetronic (aka CIS) fuel injection. The problem is hardly anyone understands pre-OBD fuel injection systems, especially mechanical ones. K-Jet is actually extremely...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-29-2015, 09:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 847
Posted By Orv
Mine doesn't smoke like that unless it's been...

Mine doesn't smoke like that unless it's been doing a *lot* of low-speed around-town running and has carbon built up in the exhaust. I tune for at most a light haze in the rear view mirror at WOT....
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-28-2015, 03:31 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,731
Posted By Orv
Thanks for the link. Just bought a pair. I had...

Thanks for the link. Just bought a pair. I had been trying to figure out where I could source them, since Peach Parts won't ship nitrogen chambers.
Forum: Diesel Discussion 09-03-2015, 09:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 872
Posted By Orv
Most important thing for opacity testing is to...

Most important thing for opacity testing is to rev the engine a couple times right before you pull in for the test. Otherwise all the soot you accumulated idling in line will come out when they do...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 08-30-2015, 05:01 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,776
Posted By Orv
After installing the offset key, did you need to...

After installing the offset key, did you need to retime your injector pump? If so, what method did you use? I'm a bit confused by the timing methods for Mercedes pumps. They seem very fiddly and...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 08-30-2015, 04:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,665
Posted By Orv
My mistake! I assumed that was a rule of thumb. ...

My mistake! I assumed that was a rule of thumb. I hadn't seen it documented before.
Forum: Diesel Discussion 08-30-2015, 04:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,794
Posted By Orv
This conversation reminded me that many 1980s...

This conversation reminded me that many 1980s (and probably later) Volkswagens had a "dynamic oil pressure alert" system. It often ends up being disabled by owners when one of the sensors fails and...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 08-30-2015, 04:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,665
Posted By Orv
I've found the transmission dipstick reading is...

I've found the transmission dipstick reading is also very sensitive to slopes, on these cars, so try to have the car level when you read it. Even a typical driveway slope to make water run away from...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 08-30-2015, 04:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,578
Posted By Orv
Also, take care to keep that pocket clean, or the...

Also, take care to keep that pocket clean, or the metal can rust out around the hinge pivot, letting it come adrift. That area tends to accumulate a lot of "mulch."
Forum: Diesel Discussion 08-30-2015, 04:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 650
Posted By Orv
The adjustable-height mast was a really clever...

The adjustable-height mast was a really clever hack to make up for the poor selectivity and AGC in the stock radio. Too many loud stations the radio can't separate? Shorten the mast to cut down on...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 05-08-2015, 01:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,460
Posted By Orv
When they were testing diesels here in WA, I...

When they were testing diesels here in WA, I always passed easily with the following:

1. Drive the car around in 3rd gear at high revs until the engine is good and warmed up. Diesels burn cleaner...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 05-08-2015, 01:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,166
Posted By Orv
Got it. Here in WA they exempted all light...

Got it. Here in WA they exempted all light diesels a while back, now only heavy trucks and gasoline engine cars get tested. I suspect this is because light diesels are a small portion of the fleet,...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 05-03-2015, 10:17 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,521
Posted By Orv
I'm late to the party here but this makes me...

I'm late to the party here but this makes me wonder if you're hearing "piston slap." It happens when the piston skirt hits the cylinder bore due to the piston cocking very slightly to the side. ...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz Wheels & Tires 05-03-2015, 09:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,856
Posted By Orv
Do check fender clearance at the top of the tire...

Do check fender clearance at the top of the tire with the front wheels turned. You can get into trouble there even if the tire clears fine with the wheels straight ahead.

I rallycrossed my 300TD...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 05-03-2015, 09:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 944
Posted By Orv
I did them on my 1981 300TD a while back. I cut...

I did them on my 1981 300TD a while back. I cut grooves in the union nuts and split them, to save the fittings on the oil cooler. Cut the rubber hoses on the old ones to make getting them out...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 05-03-2015, 09:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,166
Posted By Orv
I thought they suspended the 25 year rule around...

I thought they suspended the 25 year rule around 2000, and nothing newer than 1975 is exempt anymore. Or was that only for gasoline cars?
Forum: Diesel Discussion 02-11-2015, 02:21 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,979
Posted By Orv
Actually, it's the other way around. Friction...

Actually, it's the other way around. Friction modifiers make things slipperier, for smoother shifts; Type F is notable for having *no* friction modifiers. Your conclusion is correct, though. In a...
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