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Old 02-08-2003, 12:40 PM
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help!! I broke my car

I recently acquired a 1981 300sd. it was in storage for the past two years. it ran ok when i got it. but i decided to give it a little tune up. i did reasearch on this web site and decided to change the fuel filter. so last night i go get a fuel filter, unscrew the old one, put the new one in, crank the car and nothing. barely cranks over. so then i prime the fuel filter and now there is fuel in the filter. so i crank it again. nothing. barely turns over. so i think its the batter dying. i hook up my other car to it and the same thing. the engine barely turns over. please help!!!!

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Old 02-08-2003, 12:49 PM
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Diesels take A LOT of energy to start, their starters are much more heavy duty than a gas car due to compression of the diesel engine.

If you suspect the battery is low/bad, start there. Take the battery to a place that can load test it. You have to have a battery that will crank it up to get enough compression to fire-off the fuel.

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Old 02-08-2003, 01:04 PM
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thanx. ill try that. i really like the car. its big and comfy compared to my brand new sentra. ive been following the mercedes boards and the people are more mature here than on the sentra forums. thanx for the quick reply ill keep you posted.

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