Quick list of things you can consider to increase performance and mileage
What's wrong with my Mercedes?
Could be any number of things causing the problem. Proper diagnosis is a must!
Injectors do not last forever. Changing over to Monark nozzles can boost performance!
Top problems for diesel owners. Kent recommends starting with the basics
Most of those annoying leaks can be fixed with our DIY kits
It is almost always a failed thermostat
There are a number of reasons - don't throw money at the problem - diagnose first!!!
Before spending any money on a tired or ailing diesel engine - check the compression first
Don't neglect the fuel filter and fuel pump check valves
Diesel Purge can help you isolate the noise
Do it very soon unless you know it have been done within the last 50,000 miles.
A special compound should be used - especially with steel bolts in aluminum threads
Many are surprised to learn there is a filter down inside the pump
This is often neglected and an easy D.I.Y. job
Usually means something is broken or loose in the engine compartment
Doing it without damaging the wire boot and resistor is easy with the right tool
Alert for all Diesel Owners - Check for loose Intake / Exhaust Manifold Nuts.
Failure of these chains can lead to catastrophic engine failure
If not too far gone you can fix them - and yes it is a miracle!
Sometimes having the right tool is key
Are you concerned about damage to the electrical components and sensitive electronics?
Find out what it does, how to test it, and what happens if it does not work.
Very easy to do if you know what to do with that little numbered black box!
They can be a little tricky to isolate
Fuel injectors will need the most attention
Here are some of Kent's favorites - most you should carry in your trunk
Even low mileage gas Mercedes as Kent recently discovered.
It takes work but with the right products and techniques you will be amazed
Your inspection should always include this
You MUST make sure this is working and adjusted properly if you want your diesel to GO !!!!
This is normally not due to "leaking seals" inside the turbo charger
Alert! Use at your own risk
Ball joints and pivot points should be lubricated on a 6 to 12 month basis
At all costs avoid rounding out the hex head of the bolt!
You actually may not need a large tank to thoroughly clean them
Monitor your engine temperature gauge in the morning for telltale signs.
An ounce of preventation is worth hundreds of dollars in repair
Not easy by any means. Options and ways to prevent it are listed here.
If the engine has been overheated it is almost never "just a head gasket"
Do not neglect to give it Kents 30 day exercise program
It could be a number of things causing the problem. Follow Kent's video series
Too Cold think thermostat - too Hot think a number of possible causes
This is Kent's favorite
How to get the frozen nuts off and the stud back in safely
4 key performance related issues to consider. Do proper troubleshooting first BEFORE buying parts
Be sure to check your radiator / expansion tank cap
An old hose can be very difficult to remove due to age and corrossion
The best way is to use an oil extractor
You may have to make your own like Kent did...:-)
With the right paint and technique YOU can do it yourself!
How to tell which one you have?
Here are some quick checks you can do yourself to determine how good the engine is.
Avoid the pain of having to drill or cut the bolts off
Check Your Low Pressure Power Steering Pump Hose
Sometimes it can be near impossible to get the bolts out and the parts separated
With the right tool and a little know-how it is super easy.
Kent has been inspired to design his own series of ultimate shop lights
If you don't look closely this one can be hard to find!
You would be amazed at the pesky problems these can create!
There is a better and cleaner way!
A common problem due to failed valve guide seals
This can be a real challenge if the problem comes and goes either warm or hot
It is best if you can see and hear it run - if not some tests are essential
You neglect the maintenance here and you WILL pay the price
They can fall off especially if your exhaust system is sagging or not mounted properly
Applies to most models from 1980 to 1995
Summary list of the most common causes and parts needed to fix them Part 2 of 5
It is not the problem with the new nozzle - there are other issues that cause poor spray
Could be the starter itself, ring gear on the flywheel or a combination of both
Catch them with a diaper before they drip on the ground!
Summary list of the most common causes and parts needed to fix them
6 part video series on reasons why you should or shouldn't
How can you do it without removing them from the engine?
These can be a little tricky to get on
Biodiesel is not too kind to rubber
Summary list of the most common causes and parts needed to fix them Part 3 of 5
If you use RTV you can create some real problems
You can do it with magnets!
Sometimes fuel injector cleaner can work wonders
Summary list of the most common causes and parts needed to fix them. Part 5 of 5
It will require the removal of the serpentine belt
The distributor cap has become the number one culprit due to age and neglect!
Best done from the front crankshaft bolt
Summary list of the most common causes and parts needed to fix them Part 4 of 5
How to determine if they need replacement
If the break was clean and the tank still solid you can be repair it for less than $50.