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Old 01-06-2002, 07:22 AM
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190E Stall/die

I have a 1986 190e 2.3 that has a strange problem. (Gremlins I suppose) The car was running fine and then all of a sudden it started to die intermittently. Let it set a few minutes and it would start again. Replaced the following: 1. fuel filter, 2. Fuel pump relay, 3. OVP After replacing OVP, car ran well for about 100 miles. no stall, no die, etc... and then all of a sudden it started it again. I have noticed before it dies that the tach kind of goes erratic!! When it stalls I can crank engine and it will run about 5 seconds, enough to get it off the road!!! This is very frustrating!
Could this possibly be some sort of vacum leak or maybe losing ground in the wiring? I do hear something under the dash like a heater vent or air vent or something with a flapper closing when I let off the accelerator but I dont think this has anything to do with my problem as the car has done this since I got it. Please help. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I am to the point of basically selling the car for salvage if I cant find the problem. I am not going to drive anything that I cant rely on.


1980 450SL (best car I ever owned)
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Old 01-06-2002, 09:26 AM
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Check the contact of CPS sensor on the EZL. The EZL is on top of the driver's side front wheel well. Right behind ABS pump (if equipped with ABS).
It's a plug (green wire) on a black metal looking box. Try to check if it is loose. "Open" up inside contacts (with a pick) for good contact.

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Old 01-07-2002, 08:50 PM
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My guess would be the ignition coil going bad. Give it a try before you go to extremes.
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