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Old 08-23-2002, 09:45 AM
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Hard starting 82 380 SEL

Hi, I have a 1982 380 SEL. I can start it with Ether or just by spritzing a little gas in the throttle body but will not start from a cold dead start on its own. After it runs no problem and runs good. I have replaced the cold start valve the fuel pump and the check valve . I have a sentimental attachment to the car it was my uncles who passed away but perhaps enough is enough.Any help will be appreciated. Burgenlander

1982 380 SL
1983 240 D
1982 380 SEL
1996 E300D
1999 Suburban
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Old 08-25-2002, 09:34 PM
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no cold start 380

Check to see if the cold start valve delivers fuel by removing it from the manifold, fuel line connected, and with the ignition on, supply 12 volts to it to open it. If fuel sprays, then the fault has to be in the power supply during a 'cold start'.

Then ,check to see that the cold start valve is getting electricity on a cold start . A faulty temperature switch mounted on the intake maniflod will cause the problem.
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Old 08-26-2002, 08:04 PM
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Thank you I will try that this weekend.
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