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Old 08-17-2002, 11:41 AM
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loss of power/idle rough

1985 380se,200,000 miles.recently bot &runs well but idle in park/nuetral is a bit rough. tach shows about 1000rpm. in gear idle sounds much smoother & faster yet only shows 800rpm. from reverse to nuetral is a noticeable recoil/jerk which i feel is due to fast idle.i replaced fuel filter, idle control valve &all vac lines look ok but no difference.also seem to have loss of power under load / on incline. doesn't sputter, just not getting fuel so i end up going 45mph or less on hills. seems to help a bit if i put it in 2nd but its still not the way it should be. i got 20mpg driving it back 1600 miles & it used no oil. any ideas? thanks.
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Old 08-17-2002, 02:55 PM
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Several possibilities here. Since you have performance problems at speed, I would first check the fuel filter -- if the filter is plugged you will have pressure and delivery problems -- eventually it will fail to start.

First thing to check after the fuel filter is, alas, fuel pressure, and unless you have the proper guage, I'd have this done.

Next, check for the condition of the idle control valve hoses -- if they are hard and loose, you have a massive vacuum leak, and since the air isn't being metered, no fuel.

Your fuel distributor may well have gone bad, too -- they tend to corrode internally and no longer maintain the correct pressure differential, hence no fuel delivery.

Other things to check are the EHA (or frequence valve, depending on which you have), plugged return line, etc.

A bad overvoltage protection relay will give you trouble, but I'm not sure if this is a problem with your model or not, and it usually won't limit power at speed, anyway.

Check that all the wiring is in good shape -- loose connectors cause all sorts of trouble.

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Old 08-17-2002, 04:41 PM
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thanks. new fuel filter put in. no change. vac hoses seem ok but i'll get it checked for vac &fuel pressure.i have alot of spare parts for 126 380's as well as diesels so i might tinker switching some parts.
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