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Forum: Mercedes-Benz Cars For Sale 05-01-2005, 11:56 AM
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Views: 680
Posted By joebiodiesel
1978 300SD For Sale

I'm selling my '78 300SD. The engine has a noise in it, like a lifter tap..but it's pretty loud. I have driven it like that for about 4000 miles. Now it's smoking more than it used to, so I stopped...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 03-05-2005, 07:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,726
Posted By joebiodiesel
Cool!, lots of good advice in this thread. I'm...

Cool!, lots of good advice in this thread. I'm glad I asked. I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet but I know what I'm looking at now.
I checked FastLane and see that pistons are $1100.00 or...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 03-05-2005, 04:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,726
Posted By joebiodiesel
BHD, I adjusted the valves a couple of thousand...

BHD, I adjusted the valves a couple of thousand miles ago. I'm sure the compression problem if from breathing unfiltered air for too long. Doesn't take long to sand the cylinders...especially in a...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 03-05-2005, 01:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,726
Posted By joebiodiesel
Compression fix

I've got a '78 300SD with 130,000 miles on it. I bought it a year ago. It hadn't run in 6 years. I replced the starter and retimed it. Someone had removed the injection pump and installed it WAY...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 02-08-2005, 02:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,053
Posted By joebiodiesel
Thanks for your help. If the tensioner uses two...

Thanks for your help. If the tensioner uses two mechanisms to tension(mechanical and hydraulic) then I suppose it is OK if it retracts a bit with the engine off. It also explains the gurgling...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 02-08-2005, 02:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,053
Posted By joebiodiesel
I don't think it is a racheting type. When the...

I don't think it is a racheting type. When the engine is off it depresses pretty easily, and makes a gurgling noise when it goes in.
Forum: Diesel Discussion 02-08-2005, 02:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,053
Posted By joebiodiesel
No, it's a 5cyl turbo. The chain travels...

No, it's a 5cyl turbo.
The chain travels clockwise when looking at it from the front, and the tensioner is on the passenger side of the engine.
What made you think it was a non-turbo?
Joe
Forum: Diesel Discussion 02-08-2005, 02:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,053
Posted By joebiodiesel
I mean it rides on the outer side of the chain,...

I mean it rides on the outer side of the chain, as opposed to the cam/crank gear side. It is the last thing to touch the chain before it gets to the cam gear.
Joe
Forum: Diesel Discussion 02-08-2005, 01:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,053
Posted By joebiodiesel
udate

I took the valve cover off and ran the engine. There is no change if I put pressure on the followers with a screwdriver as it's running, so it doesn't act like a valve clearance problem. There is...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 02-08-2005, 12:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,053
Posted By joebiodiesel
loud valve tap noise

My 78 300SD started making a lifter tap noise when under light load only. I suspected an injector was failing at first. The noise has progressed and now makes noise all the time. I tried to locate...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 12-24-2004, 08:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,083
Posted By joebiodiesel
I commute 230 miles/day. Been doing it for 6...

I commute 230 miles/day. Been doing it for 6 years now, through some of the worst lake effect snow the Great Lakes has to offer, right off the east end of Lake Ontario. I go through a car every 2...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 11-07-2004, 12:29 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 613
Posted By joebiodiesel
Max Timing Advance?

I had to retime my 300SD. The Injection Pump had been removed before I got it, and when I did my last timing adjustment I did it at closed throttle instead of full throttle, resulting in the timing...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 07-23-2004, 10:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 888
Posted By joebiodiesel
If it's still starting poorly after running...

If it's still starting poorly after running several tanks of Regular fuel through it, I would suggest using the normal diagnostic routine for the symptoms you describe.
Check glow plugs
Check...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 07-21-2004, 11:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,761
Posted By joebiodiesel
Those compression numbers look pretty nice for a...

Those compression numbers look pretty nice for a car with 265K on the clock. I doubt compression over 400psi is the source of any smoke, even if it is a little lower than the rest. I'd advise you...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 07-15-2004, 10:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,490
Posted By joebiodiesel
I would use diesel fuel. The special test fluid...

I would use diesel fuel. The special test fluid is simply an oil with the same viscosity as diesel fuel, but has a much longer shelf life than diesel fuel. Probably very low in aromatics.

Joe
Forum: Diesel Discussion 07-12-2004, 11:25 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,765
Posted By joebiodiesel
Lets see... Purchased car almost 2 months...

Lets see...

Purchased car almost 2 months ago, not running for $220.00

Replaced starter $0.00 came with car
Retimed pump, was 36 degrees retarded. about $2.00 for oil filter adapter...
Forum: Alternative Fuels 07-12-2004, 11:10 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 17,418
Posted By joebiodiesel
CoachGeo, thanks for the courteous...

CoachGeo,
thanks for the courteous disagreement. admittedly I don't have tons of SVO experience, but I've been running Biodiesel for over 200K miles. I think my 300SD fuel filter is very small,...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 07-12-2004, 07:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 789
Posted By joebiodiesel
Hi Tony, thanks for the reply. I'll have to...

Hi Tony,
thanks for the reply. I'll have to give that a try.
Joe
Forum: Alternative Fuels 07-11-2004, 11:43 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 17,418
Posted By joebiodiesel
Lars, If your car is running rough after...

Lars,
If your car is running rough after running SVO then you probably will need to replace/rebuild the injection nozzles. There are a number of reasons the nozzles can be hurt by SVO. Take them...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 07-10-2004, 10:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 789
Posted By joebiodiesel
Fuel line thread size

The fuel line coming out of the bottom of my fuel tank is leaking on my '78 300SD. I am converting the car to Straight Veg Oil soon and don't want to replace it with the same type of line(probably...
Forum: Alternative Fuels 06-30-2004, 11:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,943
Posted By joebiodiesel
boring water separation stuff

Diesel fuel filters that have water drains on them are "coalescing filters". As small water droplets hit the filter element they will join up with other droplets and fall to the bottom of the...
Forum: Alternative Fuels 06-29-2004, 08:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,943
Posted By joebiodiesel
I wouldn't try it for the first time while on a...

I wouldn't try it for the first time while on a trip. There are any number of things that can go wrong, and a $400.00 repair bill fro removing and cleaning the tank (minus the tow and hotel) will go...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 06-20-2004, 10:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 948
Posted By joebiodiesel
because brake fluid readily absorbs water, and...

because brake fluid readily absorbs water, and then corrosion can start inside the brake system. It leads to failed master cylinders and calipers, and isn't good for the brake lines either.

Joe
Forum: Diesel Discussion 06-16-2004, 11:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,087
Posted By joebiodiesel
I just installed a Rostra aftermarket electric...

I just installed a Rostra aftermarket electric cruise control in my 300SD. It took a little tuning to prevent it from surging and that's it. It installed in a couple of hours and was pretty easy to...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 06-16-2004, 10:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,612
Posted By joebiodiesel
I have had some luck cleaning out the...

I have had some luck cleaning out the precombustion chamber with a wire loop and compressed air. I have only ever removed small flakes of carbon, nothing big enough to hurt the engine if they fell...
Forum: Alternative Fuels 06-12-2004, 06:26 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 11,071
Posted By joebiodiesel
It is produced when you burn glycerine/glycerol. ...

It is produced when you burn glycerine/glycerol. It is produced in lesser amounts when burning vegetable oils, but it is highly toxic when inhaled. Biodiesel exhaust fumes are relatively safe in...
Forum: Alternative Fuels 06-11-2004, 11:35 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 11,071
Posted By joebiodiesel
It's not that it eats rubber, Biodiesel replaces...

It's not that it eats rubber, Biodiesel replaces the bonding agent used in the manufacturing of conventional fuel lines. The fuel will the beging to "sweat" through the line. Just replace the...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 06-04-2004, 01:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 921
Posted By joebiodiesel
Wolf-walker, thanks for this post. I was just...

Wolf-walker,
thanks for this post. I was just about to hit the archives. I've got a 78 300SD with an inoperative cruise control. It worked for a split second once, but shows absolutely no sign of...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 05-29-2004, 07:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 631
Posted By joebiodiesel
300SD Engine Swap/repair

I just purchased a 300SD this morning. It had a bad starter, which I replaced. The previous owner said it had starting problems and burned out the starter trying to get it going. Once the fuel...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 05-01-2004, 01:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 942
Posted By joebiodiesel
Thanks everyone for your help. I decided not to...

Thanks everyone for your help. I decided not to buy the car. I swapped the vacuum pump for the owner (I work with her) and the knocking went away. I decided, however, not to buy the car. It...
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