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Old 12-02-2002, 09:34 PM
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380SE starts terrible, runs great

I don't know where to start. I have a 1985 380se with 111,000 miles. The car runs great, but it starts up like it's flooded when the engine is cold. I've recently replaced the spark plugs, cap and rotor. I'm guessing that the injector system is leaking down into the cylinders. Any sage advice from my trusted source for MB info?

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Old 12-02-2002, 09:52 PM
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Check to make sure the fuel accumalator is not leaking.
Probably is injectors.
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Old 12-03-2002, 06:13 PM
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My 380 only starts smoothly on Sunoco fuel..preferably 94 octane...anything else and it chokes
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Old 12-03-2002, 08:12 PM
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380se starts terribly runs great

there is also a fuel pump check valve thatis replaceable on the output side of your fuel pump, does the car exhibit similar difficult starting to a lesser degree if left for 3-4 hours and then restarted you may purchase this valev at your local dealer or through a bosch retailer . good luck not very difficult to do if you dont mind laying on your back and getting gasoline creeping up your arm to you your arm pits... just kidding be smart and be careful if you attempt to do this on your own without a lift and a fuel line pinch off tool.

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