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Old 07-22-2001, 10:02 PM
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I have a 91 300 SE. The car has recently developed an intermittent problem where the car will cough and sputter at idle. When the problem pops up acceleration is also pretty poor. I also noticed today that the oil pressure gauge only registers about 1 on the 0 to 3 scale when at idle. At speed the oil pressure gauge pegs at 3. I have already replaced the OVP relay so it is not the problem. Any ideas. (Note the oil pressure problem may or may not be related to the idle problem).

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Old 07-22-2001, 10:35 PM
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When was the last time the fuel filter was changed? What about spark plugs? I'd take a look into those 2...
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Old 07-22-2001, 11:47 PM
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1 bar oil pressure at idle is good. You should hit 3 bar once the rpms get around 1,500. Sounds to me like your oil pressure is fine.

Rough idle. My experience points to spark plugs and their gap. A gap of .040 idles smoother than .032 in my case. Ensure that spark plugs wires are secured. You may need to take a look at the condition of the rotor and distributor cap.

Then of course there's the FUEL side of the equation and the possibilities there are endless.

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