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Date registered: May 2016
Vehicle: 1982 300SD
Location: Sunnyvale California
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Diesel running on empty?
I'm in the process of attempting to pull my 82 300SD back from the brink. Off to the paper clip factory my kids say.
Couple weeks ago, when I first started this odyssey, I popped in a new battery and turned her over for the first time in a couple years. It took a few iterations, but she started. At the time, I noticed that the fuel reserve light was on.
I didn't let her run for long, but it gave me the tentative "green light" to start on the interior. You couldn't sit in or move the seats. The smell was not quite pleasant either.
With new seats and wiring done, cleaned out cabin, carpets cleaned and other misc adventures, I was off to rebuild the cluster. Replaced the bulbs with LEDs and fixed the rheostat - trying to get the instrument lights to work. They haven't in a long time.
I accidently left the lights on all day, draining the battery. Damn. So while it was charging, I focused on the Tach, which wasn't working, so after some reading, I pulled the under-bonnet (other car is a British classic) assembled and cleaned it out.
I had to start her again to check the Tach - it started up, and now the Tach began working again. But, she wouldn't remain running, as she had just the day before for a minute or two. At that time, she sounded great.
Now, she won't run. I let her sit after trying for almost a minute. Then she started, but quickly died. Now she's making a squeeky sound at the end of each turn-over cycle.
I'm wondering if she's run out of diesel? I've checked the fuel filter and it appears to be full? If it's out of fuel and the pump can't pump, can the filter be full yet no fuel is delivered to the injection?
Any thoughts would be seriously appreciated...!