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Old 12-06-2003, 07:43 PM
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16v Won't Start

Hi, I can't seem to get my 86 190E 16v to start. It turns over and the timing chain is fine. It's getting fuel and spark, but I read here: 190E 16v won't start that the ignition coil can show fire but under compression not fire. Is there anyway I can test the coil?

Also, I broke the hose circled in the picture below, and I completely removed it. Do I need that hose for the car to start even though it wasn't starting before I broke the hose?

Or, does anyone have some other ideas as to why my car wont start?


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Old 12-06-2003, 08:09 PM
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Did you happen to do something before this not start comes about. Did you try to change the mixture or any thing at all. If you can give us a little history of maintenance and what was the last thing you did to the car, we may be able to help you batter

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Old 12-06-2003, 08:48 PM
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The last thing I did to the car was change the distributor cap and rotor, and that was about 1 month before the car stopped runnig.
The day it died it was real slow turning over, and it was making a bad rattling sound from the engine. So, I pulled over on the side of the road to have a look, and it died and wouldn't start after that.
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Old 12-07-2003, 03:40 PM
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Did you replace that hose? Crankcase pressure is vented back to the intake track with that hose and it connects to the auxillary air regulator/idle control valve. If you didn't seal the end near the valve then you have one BIG vacuum leak and there is no way it's going to run.

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Old 12-07-2003, 04:03 PM
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with that hose ripped ,it will never start for ya, it must be 15 bucks here at the fastlane
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Old 12-07-2003, 07:15 PM
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I just ordered the hose form for $11 plus shipping.
Thats where I found out about this great forum.
Even without the hose I got the car to start, but it dies after 5 seconds or so. I'm assuming it's because I'm missing that hose.
I'm just glad I finally got it to start.

Thanks for all of your help.

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