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Date registered: Oct 2006
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Please Help! 300e engine just stops while driving
Hi, I have a 1987 300e with 138k miles. Yesterday right after I accelerated to highway speeds on the highway, the abs light first then all the other lights to the right and left of it came on. The engine just stalled and the steering column locked. I turned into the emergency lane and switched off the ignition. I waited 5 minutes, started up and got where i needed to go. Then 2 hours later, on the way home, i stopped to fill the tank with gas. The car woulnt start for 15 minutes. I checked the oil and trans. fluid and they were fine. It looked like a white smoke was coming out of the cylinder heads and manifold. Then a few hours later, I stopped at a light and the same thing happend again that happend on the freeway. It caused a huge traffic jam and people were very angry with me and some people went around me on the other side of the road and almost had a head on collision. After about 5-7 minutes of someone holding down their horn even though they knew it wasnt in my power to keep going, the car finally started up and I got where i needed to go.
Today, I replaced the valve cover gasket that I had for a while but never got to. The car sounded a lot better and I didnt have any problems today. However, this problem has happend twice before in the last two weeks and I know it's not fixed yet. A month ago, the mechanic said that I needed to replace the entire fusebox because all the stuff inside it had melted somehow. I dont understand because all of the electronics in the car work, except for 2 of the windows,and the auxilliary fan. It's cold here now so I dont need to worry about those yet. I've looked everywhere on the internet and I cant find a fusebox with all the relays. Today I bought some fuel system cleaner that ill put in when I need to fill the tank again. Some other problems with the car are that when it shifts gears the it kind of clunks and makes the car swirve sideways a little, also the engine shakes at idle ( just needs new mounts), the acceleration is pretty weak right after i start the car and gets better as the engine warms up.
Your Help would be greaty appreciated, It could prevent a nasty auto accident