Yes, Kent has seen it first hand. Don't neglect this!
What's wrong with my Mercedes?
Plastic guide rails and oiler clips can fail leading to major engine damage
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!
Diesel Purge can help you isolate the noise
Don't neglect the fuel filter and fuel pump check valves
It is almost always a failed thermostat
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
Before spending any money on a tired or ailing diesel engine - check the compression first
Troubleshooting is required to find the real cause
Usually means something is broken or loose in the engine compartment
This is often neglected and an easy D.I.Y. job
Failure of these chains can lead to catastrophic engine failure
Applies to 220D 240D 300D 300CD 300TD 300SD 1972 to 1985
Alert for all Diesel Owners - Check for loose Intake / Exhaust Manifold Nuts.
Many are surprised to learn there is a filter down inside the pump
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!
An old hose can be very difficult to remove due to age and corrossion
Not easy by any means. Options and ways to prevent it are listed here.
You of course need the right wrenches - but if one or more won't adjust - what then???
If you don't fix it the problem will get worse and the coolant hose will leak
They can be a little tricky to isolate
Fan clutch can make metallic clinking noises
This is Kent's favorite
It could be turbo seals but it could also be excessive diesel engine blow-by
How can you do it without removing them from the engine?
They can fall off especially if your exhaust system is sagging or not mounted properly
Sometimes it can be near impossible to get the bolts out and the parts separated
A faulty 617 turbo diesel waste gate can really affect engine performance
You MUST make sure this is working and adjusted properly if you want your diesel to GO !!!!
You can do it with magnets!
Check Your Low Pressure Power Steering Pump Hose
Common problem due the failed air cleaner mounts and mounting bracket
The best way is to use an oil extractor
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
This can be difficult to diagnose
These can be a little tricky to get on
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?
If the engine has been overheated it is almost never "just a head gasket"
This is how Kent deals with the problem
Adjustment procedure must be followed properly!!!
Pay attention! This is very common and can happen to you if you own a 1968 to 1985 diesel
If you don't look closely this one can be hard to find!
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.
How to get the frozen nuts off and the stud back in safely
It takes work but with the right products and techniques you will be amazed
Sometimes fuel injector cleaner can work wonders
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!
You may have to make your own like Kent did...:-)
A real problem when changing an engine or the rubber mounts
Alert! Use at your own risk
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
Here are some quick checks you can do yourself to determine how good the engine is.
This is normally not due to "leaking seals" inside the turbo charger
An ounce of preventation is worth hundreds of dollars in repair
On some models this can be a difficult and frustrating job
Biodiesel is not too kind to rubber
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
Kent has been inspired to design his own series of ultimate shop lights
Monitor your engine temperature gauge in the morning for telltale signs.
This can be a sign that the engine has not been well maintained
Fuel injectors will need the most attention
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
There is a better and cleaner way!
Do not neglect to give it Kents 30 day exercise program
Best done from the front crankshaft bolt
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
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
Be sure to check your radiator / expansion tank cap
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 Part 4 of 5
How to determine if they need replacement
You neglect the maintenance here and you WILL pay the price
With the right paint and technique YOU can do it yourself!
Ball joints and pivot points should be lubricated on a 6 to 12 month basis
Are you concerned about damage to the electrical components and sensitive electronics?
With the right instructions this is a beginner DIY job.
Sometimes they are really stuck on the shaft!
Some special tools can help
Here are some of Kent's favorites - most you should carry in your trunk
Some are no longer available new and the last ones will disappear soon
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...
Avoid the pain of having to drill or cut the bolts off
Your inspection should always include this
We have a special kit with complete instructions so you can fix it yourself.
Listen and learn from a live video with sound.
Don't just install the engine without taking care of a number of potential problems
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
At all costs avoid rounding out the hex head of the bolt!
Find out what it does, how to test it, and what happens if it does not work.
Special tools are needed but you can still run into problems