Date registered: Jun 2010
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'83 300TD turns, doesn't start
Hi all, I bought this car on Sat with 220k miles. What I wasn't informed of until after I paid was that the car was sitting for at least two years. Anyway, it started like a charm the first time (I made sure the engine was cold when I tried) and I drove it back to my house (about a 2 hour drive, car started off really slow, even for a diesel, but after about 30 minutes, it ran great).
After letting it sit overnight, the car would not start the next morning. It turns but nothing else. I searched some of these forums, used the manual fuel pump, and viola, it started. So I was thinking that it is a fuel problem. So, I replaced the fuel filters, changed the oil, replaced the oil filter, checked all fluids. Again, the car wouldn't start. I used the manual pump again (to make sure there was no air in the lines), the car started. I again let it sit overnight, and this AM the car would not start.
I am going to replace the glow plugs (the light on the dash goes out after about 5-10 secs so I don't think they are broken). What else do you think could be a problem? I don't really know how to check the compression but, I got the car to also learn how to fix it on my own.
All help is appreciated!