Injectors do not last forever. Changing over to Monark nozzles can boost performance!
What's wrong with my Mercedes?
Top problems for diesel owners. Kent recommends starting with the basics
Quick list of things you can consider to increase performance and mileage
Could be any number of things causing the problem. Proper diagnosis is a must!
It is almost always a failed thermostat
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
Do it very soon unless you know it have been done within the last 50,000 miles.
Diesel Purge can help you isolate the noise
Most of those annoying leaks can be fixed with our DIY kits
There are a number of reasons - don't throw money at the problem - diagnose first!!!
Troubleshooting is required to find the real cause
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
This is Kent's favorite
Here are some quick checks you can do yourself to determine how good the engine is.
Alert! Use at your own risk
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
The best way is to use an oil extractor
Kent has been inspired to design his own series of ultimate shop lights
An ounce of preventation is worth hundreds of dollars in repair
An old hose can be very difficult to remove due to age and corrossion
With the right tool and a little know-how it is super easy.
There is a better and cleaner way!
You would be amazed at the pesky problems these can create!
You neglect the maintenance here and you WILL pay the price
Be sure to check your radiator / expansion tank cap
Check Your Low Pressure Power Steering Pump Hose
It is best if you can see and hear it run - if not some tests are essential
You can do it with magnets!
If you don't look closely this one can be hard to find!
This can be a real challenge if the problem comes and goes either warm or hot
It is not the problem with the new nozzle - there are other issues that cause poor spray
The distributor cap has become the number one culprit due to age and neglect!
Avoid the pain of having to drill or cut the bolts off
Summary list of the most common causes and parts needed to fix them Part 2 of 5
6 part video series on reasons why you should or shouldn't
If the break was clean and the tank still solid you can be repair it for less than $50.
Applies to most models from 1980 to 1995
Summary list of the most common causes and parts needed to fix them
If you use RTV you can create some real problems
Very easy to do if you know what to do with that little numbered black box!
A common problem due to failed valve guide seals
Catch them with a diaper before they drip on the ground!
Summary list of the most common causes and parts needed to fix them Part 3 of 5
It will require the removal of the serpentine belt
It takes work but with the right products and techniques you will be amazed
They can fall off especially if your exhaust system is sagging or not mounted properly
Biodiesel is not too kind to rubber
Summary list of the most common causes and parts needed to fix them. Part 5 of 5
How to determine if they need replacement
Monitor your engine temperature gauge in the morning for telltale signs.
Summary list of the most common causes and parts needed to fix them Part 4 of 5
Find out what it does, how to test it, and what happens if it does not work.
Do not neglect to give it Kents 30 day exercise program
These can be a little tricky to get on
Best done from the front crankshaft bolt
Are you concerned about damage to the electrical components and sensitive electronics?
Even low mileage gas Mercedes as Kent recently discovered.
4 key performance related issues to consider. Do proper troubleshooting first BEFORE buying parts
Here are some of Kent's favorites - most you should carry in your trunk
You actually may not need a large tank to thoroughly clean them
With the right paint and technique YOU can do it yourself!
Fuel injectors will need the most attention
Your inspection should always include this
If the engine has been overheated it is almost never "just a head gasket"
If not too far gone you can fix them - and yes it is a miracle!
At all costs avoid rounding out the hex head of the bolt!
How to get the frozen nuts off and the stud back in safely
They can be a little tricky to isolate
Ball joints and pivot points should be lubricated on a 6 to 12 month basis
Not easy by any means. Options and ways to prevent it are listed here.
You may have to make your own like Kent did...:-)