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3 days ago it was my power steering playing up, now it's the fuel injection system!


Broke down on the way from work this evening in my 230CE, called out the RAC and the chap was rather helpful but couldn't repair her on the side of the road so towed me home. He deduced that the issue was with the "fuel injection distributor/governor" Not sure exactly what it's called so wondered if you guys knew.

Pressure from the pump was fine, as we disconnected the line going into this distributor and it started pissing everywhere, but unbolted one of the injection leads that connects to this thing and it just dribbled out, so there might be a blockage or it could be simply knackered.


Anyone out there encountered this before?


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An update on the situation...

I took this distributor off this morning and gave it a quick clean out. It was a nightmare putting the injector leads back on but I did it, after a while I turned it over and she started running again, didn't cut out once. However now there's a loud rattling like it could be from the timing chain and the car is idling quite roughly. I didn't fancy taking it for a drive as I'm worried it might damage the car. Anyone know what the problem could be now? I'm having to use London public transport which is horrible.
 

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Sorry, didn't see your post, where can I find the airflow sensor?
If you take the air filter housing off, you can see a sort of bowl with a plate which can be pushed down. That metal plate is the air flow sensor. It should move smoothly and come back up again. Check this with the engine not running.
 

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Ah, that's what that plate's called. Yeah that seems to be working fine, smooth motion and it pops up fine. That PDF was a very good read. I imagine this might be something to do with mess from the rusting tank, though I've had a new filter on.

The symptoms before it died - I drove 20miles absolutely fine, stopped at some shops and drove about 30 yards, took a right at a junction and the car started to jerk rather violenty, I pulled over and switched off the car and it wouldn't start again. Well it would occasionally for a second then lose power and stall. And if I were to give it some gas it would jerk intermittently then die.
 

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I've given up and sent the car to a merc specialist. The mechanic confirmed that it was definitely a fuel supply problem and that the pressure keeps dropping. Likely a blockage, he'll be doing a proper diagnosis on Monday. First time I've taken it to a mechanic for work, not happy! Probably going to cost me an arm and a leg!
 

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One strategy you could use on difficult to diagnose problems is have the mechanic troubleshoot it down to what is broken, pay him for his time, and then do the repair yourself. Kind of the best of both worlds.
 

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Ah, that's what that plate's called. Yeah that seems to be working fine, smooth motion and it pops up fine. That PDF was a very good read. I imagine this might be something to do with mess from the rusting tank, though I've had a new filter on.

The symptoms before it died - I drove 20miles absolutely fine, stopped at some shops and drove about 30 yards, took a right at a junction and the car started to jerk rather violenty, I pulled over and switched off the car and it wouldn't start again. Well it would occasionally for a second then lose power and stall. And if I were to give it some gas it would jerk intermittently then die.
I am suprised that no one has recommended changing the Fuel Filter.

The part where you started to have trouble after making a turn sounds like something in the Fuel tank shifted and blocked off the Fuel flow or it was something like Water in the bottom of the Tank that finally got sucked into the Fuel System.

Also one of the times I had a vehicle that stalled when I went around a corner was wen I had a loose wire in the Ignition System. The screw that held the Wire in was loose and when I cornered hard it would move and cut of my Voltage to the Coil.
 

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Thanks for you help guys.

I would have thought it was the filter except when we disconnected the in-line to the distributor the pressure was high, and not so out of the injector leads. But I suppose the mechanic will have a look, hopefully that is just the issue!

If it was water in the tank, what would that mean for my engine?

Also, anyone know how much a new k-jetronic distributor would set me back? With or without the whole unit.

Thanks again guys
 

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Right, just heard back from the mechanic and apparently it was simply the pump on it's way out, I feel a bit stupid now for worrying. I did get him to look at my non-functioning petrol gauge and the semi-functioning drivers-side window though. So it should be a good day and I can pick it up tonight, just in time for those damn tube strikes!
 

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Got her back today and it all runs smootly, nice to have a working petrol gauge and electric window. For a new fuel sender, window regulator and pump it came to £425 including labour. Also £30 worth of petrol was put in by the mechanic to double check the gauge.
 
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