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Old 04-08-2002, 09:56 PM
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Question Hard start when warm - 300CE

I've noticed on my 89 300 CE 3.0 that when the car is warm and I try to re-start, the car starts then stalls. After starting again it runs fine so I just lived with it on my last car. Now that I bought this "new" 300 CE, I notice it does the same thing. Always takes 2 times to start when warm.

The car runs fantastic otherwise and in the cold mornings, it fires right up. It only seems to do it after running and after it's warm.

Any ideas.

Cap , rotor, wires and plugs have been done recently. Just curious. I know I saw a bulletin from MB about hard starts but I'm not sure where.

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Old 04-08-2002, 10:25 PM
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This is a common problem and my now sold 1990 300E had it when I bought it. Some times it would idle very rough for a few seconds and then stalled or it just stalled. It happened only on warm starts, not on cold or hot starts.

There are many potential causes and one of them is a slightly clogged injector(s). Some fuel will leak into the cylinder and when you start warm, there is too much fuel so it stalls. If it sits long enough, the fuel evaporates so it starts and runs. If you start hot, there is not enough fuel leaked so it starts fine as well.

I lived with it but I used one bottle of Techron per oil change (right before oil changes). After a good a year and a half, it eventually disappeared. It then ran without this problem for 3+ more years before I sold the car.

Vapor lock in the fuel system is another potential cause.

Clean injectors (use injector cleaner regularly) and clean combustion areas (change oil frequently) are key to the smooth running and start of cars. Among the 4 MBs I bought, the longer I keep them, the smoother they run and start.

Last edited by loubapache; 04-08-2002 at 10:32 PM.
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Old 04-09-2002, 09:33 AM
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Cool Thanks!

Thanks for the tip!.

I agree with you. I lived with my other one and it also got "better with age". I would always use some F.I. Cleaner and that may be why.

It seem the more they are maintained, the better they run. I do however want to check the Vapor Lock "route" just incase just to be sure.
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