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Old 09-27-2008, 05:36 PM
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86 420 sel fuel injection problem

After my mechanic repaired rusted fuel lines on my smooth running '86 420, he crossed the supply and return lines. We tried starting it several times before we realized the lines were crossed. After correcting the lines it started up but has bad misfire. It ran fine before. He vacuam tested the fuel regulator and it seems stuck. Also checked output at fuel distributor...only getting fuel at 4 lines. The other 4 minimal output with rust and dirt. Would having the supply/return lines crossed and trying to start engine damage the regulator or fuel distributor? Should we try disassembly and cleaning?

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Old 09-27-2008, 06:04 PM
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What is "vacuum tested the fuel regulator"? The pressure regulator is not meant to have vacuum on it. I doubt it would hurt it, but what was he doing?

Rust plays hell with fuel distributors.
Steve Brotherton
Continental Imports
Gainesville FL
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33 years MB technician
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Old 09-27-2008, 06:22 PM
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Sorry. Was he pressure testing with a hand held pump? My mechanic/ friend was just trying to troubleshoot the problem. He's not a benz tech; but figured he could repair the fuel lines. Should we disassemble or look for parts? Thank, Mike.

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