Yes, Kent has seen it first hand. Don't neglect this!
What's wrong with my Mercedes?
Top problems for diesel owners. Kent recommends starting with the basics
Failure of these hoses can lead to total destruction of your engine
Injectors do not last forever. Changing over to Monark nozzles can boost performance!
Don't just ignore your turbo charger or major problems can occur!
Could be any number of things causing the problem. Proper diagnosis is a must!
Before spending any money on a tired or ailing diesel engine - check the compression first
It is almost always a failed thermostat
Don't neglect the fuel filter and fuel pump check valves
This can help smooth out a rough shakey idle on an 5 cylinder turbo diesel
Timing tends to retard over time with wear and chain stretch
Do it very soon unless you know it have been done within the last 50,000 miles.
Good reference material if you plan to replace timing chain and related parts.
Most of those annoying leaks can be fixed with our DIY kits
Diesel Purge can help you isolate the noise
This is often neglected and an easy D.I.Y. job
Usually means something is broken or loose in the engine compartment
Failure of these chains can lead to catastrophic engine failure
Many are surprised to learn there is a filter down inside the pump
Applies to 220D 240D 300D 300CD 300TD 300SD 1972 to 1985
Alert for all Diesel Owners - Check for loose Intake / Exhaust Manifold Nuts.
This MUST be installed properly when replacing it or timing chain or engine damage can occur!
A special compound should be used - especially with steel bolts in aluminum threads
If not too far gone you can fix them - and yes it is a miracle!
Fan clutch can make metallic clinking noises
It could be a number of things causing the problem. Follow Kent's video series
Here are some of Kent's favorites - most you should carry in your trunk
With the right instructions this is a beginner DIY job.
Most often this can be done without special tools using a helper and a heavy hammer
4 key performance related issues to consider. Do proper troubleshooting first BEFORE buying parts
They can be a little tricky to isolate
They can fall off especially if your exhaust system is sagging or not mounted properly
Too Cold think thermostat - too Hot think a number of possible causes
Your inspection should always include this
Some are no longer available new and the last ones will disappear soon
You neglect the maintenance here and you WILL pay the price
With the right paint and technique YOU can do it yourself!
An old hose can be very difficult to remove due to age and corrossion
At all costs avoid rounding out the hex head of the bolt!
We have a special kit with complete instructions so you can fix it yourself.
Sometimes they are really stuck on the shaft!
Some special tools can help
This can be difficult to diagnose
Not easy by any means. Options and ways to prevent it are listed here.
Find out what it does, how to test it, and what happens if it does not work.
Could be the starter itself, ring gear on the flywheel or a combination of both
Now the timing marks don't line up - What do I do! - Help...
Adjustment procedure must be followed properly!!!
These can be a little tricky to get on
Check Your Low Pressure Power Steering Pump Hose
Sometimes it can be near impossible to get the bolts out and the parts separated
This is Kent's favorite
You of course need the right wrenches - but if one or more won't adjust - what then???
Listen and learn from a live video with sound.
Pay attention! This is very common and can happen to you if you own a 1968 to 1985 diesel
Tired of waiting for the glow plugs to heat up - we have the answer!
A faulty 617 turbo diesel waste gate can really affect engine performance
It could be turbo seals but it could also be excessive diesel engine blow-by
If you don't fix it the problem will get worse and the coolant hose will leak
Alert! Use at your own risk
Sometimes fuel injector cleaner can work wonders
If you don't look closely this one can be hard to find!
Common problem due the failed air cleaner mounts and mounting bracket
The best way is to use an oil extractor
Even low mileage gas Mercedes as Kent recently discovered.
How can you do it without removing them from the engine?
An ounce of preventation is worth hundreds of dollars in repair
These can be hard to see if your engine is dirty and you don't know the exact location
How to tell which one you have?
You MUST make sure this is working and adjusted properly if you want your diesel to GO !!!!
You can do it with magnets!
This can be a sign that the engine has not been well maintained
On some models this can be a difficult and frustrating job
Applies to most models from 1980 to 1995
A very common problem that requires MORE than just installing a new rubber gasket
With the right tool and a little know-how it is super easy.
You actually may not need a large tank to thoroughly clean them
When you engine wears out - look seriously at swapping in a different engine
Fuel injectors will need the most attention
This can be a real challenge if the problem comes and goes either warm or hot
You would be amazed at the pesky problems these can create!
If the engine has been overheated it is almost never "just a head gasket"
If the break was clean and the tank still solid you can be repair it for less than $50.
Be sure to check your radiator / expansion tank cap
Biodiesel is not too kind to rubber
Summary list of the most common causes and parts needed to fix them Part 2 of 5
It is best if you can see and hear it run - if not some tests are essential
How to get the frozen nuts off and the stud back in safely
This is how Kent deals with the problem
Sometimes you just have to take a break from working on your diesel... :-)
Summary list of the most common causes and parts needed to fix them
It is not the problem with the new nozzle - there are other issues that cause poor spray
You may have to make your own like Kent did...:-)
It takes work but with the right products and techniques you will be amazed
Ball joints and pivot points should be lubricated on a 6 to 12 month basis
Best done from the front crankshaft bolt
Summary list of the most common causes and parts needed to fix them Part 3 of 5
6 part video series on reasons why you should or shouldn't
Here are some quick checks you can do yourself to determine how good the engine is.
A real problem when changing an engine or the rubber mounts
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 5 of 5
If you use RTV you can create some real problems
Kent has been inspired to design his own series of ultimate shop lights
This is normally not due to "leaking seals" inside the turbo charger
Don't just install the engine without taking care of a number of potential problems
Summary list of the most common causes and parts needed to fix them Part 4 of 5
It will require the removal of the serpentine belt
There is a better and cleaner way!
Monitor your engine temperature gauge in the morning for telltale signs.
Parts are different so it is important to know which engine you have!
Are you concerned about damage to the electrical components and sensitive electronics?
How to determine if they need replacement
Quite a number of changes for just a one year and final run of the 300D 300CD 300TD 300SD
Do not neglect to give it Kents 30 day exercise program