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Forum: Diesel Discussion 03-22-2013, 09:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 348
Posted By John Schroader
no start issue resolved - I hope

Been a while since I posted, but the dynamics of the MB fleet has changed a lot recently. Engine in '83 SD finally gave up the ghost, then an unfortunate meeting with a deer took out my '83D.:eek: ...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 09-01-2012, 10:13 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 18,910
Posted By John Schroader
Great info. Many thanks folks. Tomorrow my...

Great info. Many thanks folks. Tomorrow my beloved 300D will probably sacrifice its engine so its partner (my 300SD) can live again. The 300D has a bit of rust and a couple of transmission issues and...
Forum: Alternative Fuels 09-01-2012, 09:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,666
Posted By John Schroader
I have read on this and other threads that it...

I have read on this and other threads that it might accelerate the breakdown of injector seals. My experience is that, after 55K miles on B100, my 300D is purring along without any injector...
Forum: Alternative Fuels 08-27-2012, 05:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,360
Posted By John Schroader
That sounds really odd. I have no suggestions,...

That sounds really odd. I have no suggestions, but will be interested to read what you finally learn. Good luck.
Forum: Alternative Fuels 08-27-2012, 05:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,501
Posted By John Schroader
It's not a bad idea to mix up a few small blends...

It's not a bad idea to mix up a few small blends (B20, B50, etc.)in glass jars and set them near where you keep your car. A quick observation of the clarity of the fuel in these jars gives a general...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 06-18-2012, 11:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,173
Posted By John Schroader
Thanks so much, probably today I'll try to...

Thanks so much, probably today I'll try to further diagnose. Just had new AC compressor installed, but will looking into failure in that dept.
Forum: Diesel Discussion 06-16-2012, 09:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,173
Posted By John Schroader
I'm slowly checking this thing out. Pretty soon...

I'm slowly checking this thing out. Pretty soon I will have a bit more free time to follow all the good advice (and learn a bit in the process). I removed the valve cover and don't see any obvious...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 06-15-2012, 04:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,173
Posted By John Schroader
Many thanks for the good advice. I will follow...

Many thanks for the good advice. I will follow through and report my findings soon. Always appreciative for to generous help of the forum members. If the engine is history, my two '83s will merge...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 06-13-2012, 09:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,173
Posted By John Schroader
need advice with diagnosis - engine failure

A little history first. Purchased my '83 SD a few years back. 310K miles on a broken odometer. No real idea how many miles on car. Always smoked some on start up and engine shakes at idle. However it...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 02-17-2012, 12:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,334
Posted By John Schroader
Ordered a filter and seals from Phil. Changed...

Ordered a filter and seals from Phil. Changed fluid (used mixture of Lucas and regular PS fluid) and filter this morning. All's well. Eventually will put seals in old pump and have a backup. Thanks...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 02-09-2012, 08:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,334
Posted By John Schroader
power steering pump - repair or replace?

A couple of years back my power steering pump went kaput. Fortunately I was able to locate a replacement for $50. All has been well until a couple of weeks ago. Now my power steering is a bit jerky...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 12-22-2011, 09:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,233
Posted By John Schroader
The brake pad sensor light sometimes comes on...

The brake pad sensor light sometimes comes on when I drive my 300D in the rain. Pads are good, so I think it has something to do with the moisture and wires with bad insulation.
Forum: Diesel Discussion 11-28-2011, 08:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 510
Posted By John Schroader
Don't have an answer for this, but I'm anxious to...

Don't have an answer for this, but I'm anxious to hear input from those who know. Just noticed a leak in my windshield gasket a few days ago. With no AC, defrost mode is sketchy at best. With a soggy...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-30-2011, 08:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 396
Posted By John Schroader
I recently cleaned my fuel sender and, in the...

I recently cleaned my fuel sender and, in the process of doing so, dropped it and broke the wires. Resoldered the resistance wires, but not the ground wire. Low fuel light stayed on and needle on...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-30-2011, 08:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,032
Posted By John Schroader
Again, many thanks for all the helpful hints. ...

Again, many thanks for all the helpful hints. Most of them are so sensible that I am a bit embarrassed that I didn't think of them myself.:o But then again --- I can't even remember to turn my...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-28-2011, 12:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,032
Posted By John Schroader
I'll look into this also. Many thanks. This...

I'll look into this also. Many thanks. This forum is tops.
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-28-2011, 12:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,032
Posted By John Schroader
That surely makes sense. Thanks for opening my...

That surely makes sense. Thanks for opening my eyes.
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-28-2011, 10:19 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,032
Posted By John Schroader
automatic headlight switch

As a safety precaution, I often drive in daylight hours with my headlights on (my car is a non-descript gray). Maybe the years are cathching up with me, but I sometimes leave them on after I exit...
Forum: Alternative Fuels 10-27-2011, 01:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,584
Posted By John Schroader
Not exactly in line with this issue, but I've...

Not exactly in line with this issue, but I've done some reading about using biofuel in my '02 MB Sprinter (I think pretty much the same engine as some of the MBs we drive). I've run bio in it and,...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-17-2011, 03:24 PM
Replies: 613
Views: 57,921
Posted By John Schroader
parts

VS, if you will pm me with cost (plus shipping) for fuel sender for '83 300 D and instrument cluster (operational) for '83 SD, I'll get a check in the mail. May be in your area next summer and try...
Forum: Alternative Fuels 10-17-2011, 03:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,807
Posted By John Schroader
Sure. Kick off them shoes and let's make some...

Sure. Kick off them shoes and let's make some fuel. Been way busy lately and haven't taken time to veer from the tried and true course of making bio the old way. Still wishing to improve on the...
Forum: Alternative Fuels 10-07-2011, 08:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,807
Posted By John Schroader
The Promised Land:D

The Promised Land:D
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-05-2011, 08:50 AM
Replies: 613
Views: 57,921
Posted By John Schroader
VS, can't find your e-mail address and your...

VS, can't find your e-mail address and your personal mailbox is overstuffed. How to proceed?:confused:
Forum: Alternative Fuels 10-04-2011, 08:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,807
Posted By John Schroader
Well --- we are a peaceful lot---- On forums and...

Well --- we are a peaceful lot---- On forums and on foriegn soil. :D
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-04-2011, 01:05 PM
Replies: 613
Views: 57,921
Posted By John Schroader
83D fuel sender

VS ---- Roy suggested I contact you for parts. I need a fuel sender for my '83 D. Got one? If so, how much (shipping included)?
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-04-2011, 11:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 471
Posted By John Schroader
Broke at solder point, but I could not get enough...

Broke at solder point, but I could not get enough slack to resolder. Spliced in a short section of copper. Third wire (I guess for low fuel light) was a total loss. Could not get solder to stick.
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-04-2011, 11:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 471
Posted By John Schroader
"Bumblefingers' that's me

-----and now I need a new fuel sending unit for my 300D. Recently read how easy it was to repair the stuck fuel sending unit on my old 300D. Followed the explicit (and excellent) instuctions from...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-01-2011, 01:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,741
Posted By John Schroader
Again, many thanks. Need to upgrade my bifocals,...

Again, many thanks. Need to upgrade my bifocals, I guess.
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-01-2011, 11:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,741
Posted By John Schroader
Just removed the fuel sender and am not certain...

Just removed the fuel sender and am not certain how to remove the bottom plate (photo #10). Surely don't want to twist anything off that doesn't need twisting. Any good advice is appreciated.:D
Forum: Diesel Discussion 09-26-2011, 03:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,741
Posted By John Schroader
I am delighted to read this post. A couple of...

I am delighted to read this post. A couple of months ago my fuel gauge quit working. Been pretty busy and have not bothered to check the archives on how to repair it. But ------ I had somehow...
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