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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-27-2004, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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300te engine cuts out

Help please - I just bought a 1989 300te wagon for the safety of my 3 year old daughter - we were driving on the highway and the engine cut out a then started again. This happened occasionally when I would back out of the driveway or come to a stop and then I would have to restart the car but on the highway?!? I am scared out of my mind and refuse to resell this car to any family yet I still have a hefty loan on it. Two Mercedes mechanics could not find the problem - One replaced the potentiometer yet it still happens - Has anyone had this problem?? What should I do?

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RE: 300te engine cuts out

might be a fuel problem, your fuel pump might be just on the verge of crapping out. also check fuel filters. good luck
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RE: 300te engine cuts out

Thank you Reliable Bruce

I had the fuel lines checked - the pump etc - everything is good. I was driving it today and realized a correlation between breaking and turning the stirring wheel. That when it cuts out - I don't know if that is ignition or electrical - I am trying my third mechanic on wednesday. I really don't want this car on the road if I sell it - I don't know what to do. I love mercedes and have never had a problem with my previous ones and now I wish I had never sold my last one - I am still looking for advice or a direction to lead my mechanics in. Thank you - Didi
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RE: 300te engine cuts out

Hi Didi.

You basicly have given the answer.

You said: cuts out when turning and
Both are mechanical so this should
lead you to some wires that are being
pulled when you turn the steering wheel
and when you push the brake pedal.
Have the ignition wires checked on
and around the steering shaft and
the brake pedal mount.

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