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Old 04-10-2004, 08:59 AM
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Car runs better when cold?

I have a 1991 300E,, for some reason when i drive the car cold it seems to have more power and seems to run MUCH smoother.. When its warm it seems to lag more and be a little less aggressive with the power delivery.. any ideas?

2001 Mercedes-Benz C320 3.2
1991 Mercedes-Benz 300E 3.0
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Old 04-10-2004, 11:28 AM
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When cold the engine runs richer. When warm it operates in "closed loop mode" - the O2 sensor feedback is used to maintain stoichiometric fuel-air ratio. This usually manifests as slight idle roughness, but the engine should respond well to throttle inputs.

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Old 04-10-2004, 01:05 PM
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Here's a list of things I would check:

- throttle body bore, make sure it's clean
- egr valve, make sure it closes properly
- injectors could be dirty
95 E320 Cabriolet, 153K
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Old 04-10-2004, 01:40 PM
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cold air is denser than hot air, and denser air carries more oxygen with it.

that's the reason we install cold-air intakes ...

however, cold air also produces more aerodynamic drag ...

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