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Old 04-09-2003, 05:20 PM
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Smile Excessive smoke from exhaust

I have been told by an auto inspection official that my '86 MB 300SDL is smoking too much. What could cause this?

What is the best repair manual(s) for my car?
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Old 04-09-2003, 09:53 PM
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Injection pump timing, unbalanced injectors, worn delivery valve seals, lots of other things. Check the Diesel Discussion section archives.

Run a couple of cans of Diesel Purge if you haven't done it in a while.

The MB CD manual is about the only thing you'll find. There's some engine coverage in the Haynes W124 manual but nothing to help you diagnose smoke. I don't know if there is engine coverage in the Ritter or Technibooks volumes on the W124.

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