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Old 06-03-2004, 06:48 AM
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car won't start

good morning. i have a '89-300e. over the last year or so every once in awhile when i went to start the car after just turning it off a few minutes before hand it would not start again until i left it sit for a little bit--turned over fine, but sounded like it just wasn't getting any gas. yesterday morning when i went to start the car after not driving it for several days, it would not start at all. again, it turned over fine, but would just not catch.

later a friend stood outside the car when i again was trying to start it, and once it did start briefly--he said he heard the gas pumping???. tried several times again and finally it started and again my friend thought he heard the gas.

surely would appreciate any suggestions as to what the problem might be. thank you.


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Old 06-03-2004, 07:52 AM
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'heard the gas pumping'. interpret that as the fuel pump was energized?
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Old 06-03-2004, 08:00 AM
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maybe he did say something about the fuel pump. thank you for jogging my memory, such that it is.
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Old 06-03-2004, 09:48 AM
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1. Check your OVP (over voltage protection relay). Located behind the battery. It has a 10 amp fuse on top of it. The new versions have two fuses.

2. Check fuel pump relay (also behind battery, black box next to the 'Klima' relay.

3. Check pump
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Old 06-03-2004, 11:09 AM
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is antilock light on?
does it start well when warmed up but very hard when cold?

that should be ovp relay
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Old 06-03-2004, 11:24 AM
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it doesn't seem to matter if it is cold. in fact, up to this point the only time it didn't start is after i had run it for a while, shut it off and then tried to start it up again a few minutes later.

thanks everyone for all the information so far.

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