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Old 03-25-2008, 10:49 AM
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Hesitation in 1990 300CE-24 valve

I tend to have a miss or hiccup in my 1990 300CE. I have replaced the ignition wires, rotor, distributor, plugs. Fixed vacuum leaks.
It tends to have more when the weather is hot, than when it is colder outside. I also replaced the fuel distributor. There was some improvement but did not fix the problem. Also, I use only super unleaded fuel.
One mechanic had fixed this problem, where he replaced all the spark plug boots with older style VW boots, which are all plastic, I think these did not have any resistance values. The car ran sate mooth for a year.
Unfortunately, this mechanic retired and moved.
He had kept the car for like 1 week to fix this hesitation issue.
When I tried to remove these VW spark plug boots, they broke.
So, I replaced the ignition wires with factory set.
I have also noticed that if I accelerate slowly, it tends to miss less.
The spark plugs are not wet. I also tried Bosch vs. NGK (regular not platinum) NGK tends to have less miss.
Any ideas??

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Old 03-25-2008, 10:53 AM
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have you replaced ovp relay?
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Old 03-25-2008, 10:58 AM
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What's the OVP relay, David?
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Old 03-25-2008, 12:17 PM
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Hesitation in 300CE-24 valve

Yes, I did replace the OVP relay, made no difference.
I love this car except for this hesitation.
One moderator Steve Botherton in Florida, knows about this
and I think he said to replace a BOSCH part inside the mass air
flow sensor but then it has to be calibrated which most of the
average MB mechanics quite dont know how.
One mechanic did meassure some electrical value (either the current or resistance??) at the mass air flow sensor upon giving gas, that he did not see
the change normally seen. Whatever that means.
Quite not sure.
The car starts up fine, except for the hesitation upon accleration from a complete stop. I also tried BG-44K cleaner twice, no real difference.
Any MB gurus??
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Old 03-29-2008, 06:32 PM
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If I recall correctly, you have struggled with this problem for a long time.

I also read the same problem you post in other forum.

I have the same car, same year, same problem, until last time I replace the spark plugs. Now, I know you replaced them already. Here is the million dollar answer to our hesitation agony-- make sure you torque them to 20 ft-lb! That is the torque specs from owner's manual.

Try it, my problem on hesitation is forever solved.

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