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Old 05-20-2003, 07:00 PM
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Because of the knock sensors in all MB gas engines since the mid eighties, regular will not DAMAGE the engine, but it is false economy.

Once the knock sensor detects knock the system will automatically retard ignition timing reducing power and efficiency.

Put Premium in it.

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A QUESTION?

when you fill up again after you have run regular with premium .. how does the computer detect this and advance the system??
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Sounds like the fuel pump relay went south. (202s do this as do 208's. )

Joe
Looks like Joe was right.
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A QUESTION?

when you fill up again after you have run regular with premium .. how does the computer detect this and advance the system??
Pretty simple. The computer advances ignition timing until it " hears " knock.
Then it retards the timing in small increments until knock is gone.
I.e., you cheap out on octane rating, you will end up with less timing advance & slightly less torque/hp/snap, balls, whatever you want to call it.
The difference would be hard to notice for some people.
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M103s don't have knock sensors, and will rattle, ditto for M117/M119 early with K-jet.

Play it safe, use premium. Detonation at high speed, when you cannot hear it, will roast the piston crowns and valves, not cheap.

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Right on psfred! I once purchased an off-lease vehicle that required premium unleaded, and shortly after owning it the check engine light came on. The car ran fine, but I brought it to the dealer to have it checked out and they discovered that one valve was dead and the others looked pretty lousy. The tech offered that the previous owner didn't use premium. Thankfully the work was covered under warranty, otherwise it would have been a $2,000 lesson on why you should pay the extra pennies at the pump. Of course, the lessee didn't care.
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Old 05-20-2003, 11:45 PM
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I know this is heading off-topic, but if the
M103 has no knock sensor, what effect is there to removing the
'retard resistor'?
Will it advance the timing beyond safe levels or just a little bit?
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The ignition timing/mixture program for the M103 is fairly complex, but I've heard that the resistor is there for certain modes, I think low speed low rpm high load or some such. removing it may cause knock (and may also get you some small amount of power at certain rpm).

I'd leave it alone, MB ain't gonna cheat you out of performance just to make the car slower (drive a C280 for proof).

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Old 05-21-2003, 12:53 AM
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Yeah, I haven't been too tempted to unplug it. It's pretty well plastic-tied to a hose in an inacessible location, probably to preclude the casual tinkerer, like me.
Also I do notice a difference in throttle response with different fuel brands; my 300TE seems to be favoring Texaco premium, at least in this part of eastern Pennsylvania.
Now I need to remember to carry Techron and/or the Progard Fuel System Cleaner with me when I might be refueling.
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Now I need to remember to carry Techron and/or the Progard Fuel System Cleaner with me when I might be refueling.
One of the not so obvious benefits of using premium grade fuel is, that it contains a lot more detergent than cheapy gas.
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Pretty simple. The computer advances ignition timing until it " hears " knock.
Then it retards the timing in small increments until knock is gone.
I.e., you cheap out on octane rating, you will end up with less timing advance & slightly less torque/hp/snap, balls, whatever you want to call it.
The difference would be hard to notice for some people.
thanks manny.
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HFM fuel injection systems, like that on the 1993 and later M104 engines, are designed so that idle speed can't be adjusted. Idle speed is completely controlled electronically. This HFM injection system also has adaptive technology that compensates for conditions such as engine wear and unmeasured intake air and is designed to maintain driveability as the engine ages.

HFM-SFI can retard engine knocking to just the knocking cylinders, unlike EZL technology, which retards spark timing across the entire engine. This keeps the ignition timing point as advanced as possible for maximum power output.
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