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Date registered: Oct 2010
Vehicle: 1983 300tdt
Location: western edge of sacramento valley
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suddenly sluggish 1985 300td
hello there !
im new to forums in general and to diesel ownership - but after doing some research here and elsewhere online, im confused.
i bought this car less than a month ago - have filled the tank three times maybe - and never put in any additive.
last night while i was driving home, all of a sudden, i lost all power at the low end.
the car shifted through 1,2,3 gears prematurely and the rpms stayed low
on a long straight away, i could get it to normal rpm and about 50 mph, but not much above that
my 17% grade driveway posed the biggest issue
i finally made it up - no smoke, just real sluggish movement
i bought a secondary fuel filter - but can figure out how to replace it - i cant even find it in the engine and could not find anything online to point me in the right direction
the clear plastic fuel filter looks clean - but there is an air bubble in it about .5 inches x appx 1 inch -
i pumped the white thingy (primer pump) and tiny air bubbles formed, but did not add to the volume of the "larger" air bubble described above
i have read about algae - i live in a very warm climate though - don't think that is the issue if the clear fuel filter is clean of debris
so, i guess im asking if anyone can direct me to the location of the current secondary fuel filter - i plan to fill the new one with diesel fuel from the tank - siphon it from the tank and fill that filter before screwing it on to minimize the amount of pumping necessary to avoid air lock
can anyone help me?
thanks - glad to be able to post these questions
any help is appreciated.