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Date registered: Apr 2008
Vehicle: 1982 380SL
Location: Ford Island, Hawaii
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What to do after water in fuel tank
Long story short . . . I had about 1/2 a gallon of water in my gas tank of a 1982 380SL. I was able to drive home about 20 miles because the water had not settled to the bottom of the tank yet, but it ran roughly the whole time.
The next day it obviously wouldn't start. I emptied and drained the tank, and I replaced the fuel filter. The car would not start on it's own. I can spray starting fluid in the air intake, and it will run, and idle roughly and then die.
The fuel is now good also because I can put a little directly into the air intake, and it will run a little while then roughly idle and die.
I checked the fuel going into the fuel distributor by unscrewing the hose and catching the fuel with a clear plastic bottle when you turn the key to start. I can also put that fuel in the air intake and it will run and roughly idle and eventually die.
The more I did that, it would idle longer before dying, but I reached a point were I felt it wouldn't continue to idle if I continued to do it more.
I'm thinking it's not any of the individual fuel injectors or spark plugs because when the fuel is poured directly into the air intake, it will run, but as that fuel runs out, and it tries to run on the incoming fuel from the system, it will idle roughly and die. So that leads me to believe that it's something common to all eight cylinders that's not giving enough fuel.
Is there something I need to change out, or clean like the fuel distributor or somithing between the incoming fuel and each of the injectors?