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Old 09-14-2003, 10:19 PM
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Any suggestions on hesitation from standstill?

I posted this in the General Discussion form earlier today instead of here.

My '88 300 SE has had a hesitation problem for about two months now. Once rolling at 20mph or higher it is fine whether at part throttle or heavy acceleration. The idle is fine as well. From a stop, the car acts as if it is flooding out. I just replaced the plugs, rotor, cap and fuel filter, all long overdue but the plugs did not exhibit any fouling appearance. Anyway, none of this changed the hesitation at all. The hesitation is the same whether the a/c is on or off.

I have had this problem since the car came back fom the shop. It was in to top off the a/c and a Lambda adjustment. Could the Lambda adjustment be off and that is causing the problem?

I read a post about it possibly being the ignition coil. Is there a way to test the coil?

Thanks for any suggestions. I'm bringing in the car Wednesday for a NY inspection and I'll have them check the hesitation problem as well. I would just prefer to have an idea before bringing it in.

Thanks all,

Ron Brooks

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Old 09-14-2003, 10:31 PM
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Ask them to hook it up to an ignition scope.
This will pretty much tell the whole ignition story ( including coil output ).
How are your plug wires ?
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Old 09-14-2003, 11:36 PM
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If the labda was adjusted, there is a good chance that it was not done correctly which is why you have the hesitation. My car, an 85 had it set to the settings of cars made in 86 and later which had the same result, perhaps in your car something similar happened.

You can check the ingition coil for problems by driving around for a bit, then stop pop the hood and touch the coil, if you can keep your hand on it, it's fine, if it's too hot to hold on to, then it's on its way out. A tip I got from someone

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Old 09-15-2003, 12:21 AM
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Lambda set on the lean end of control range will give you hesitation problems. Sadly, so will a vac leak or a bad fuel distributor potentiometer.

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Old 09-15-2003, 12:48 AM
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among the possibilities are clogged fuel filter
and injectors. cheers!!


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