I just recently purchased a very nice MB, body, interior, and engine
(supposedly) in excellent shape. Here is my dilemma, when I purchased
it, (at auction) it was stated that it would just need a little TLC
since it has been sitting inside for 5 years. The owner died of cancer
recently, but was going to have it running for the auction. I
purchased it and messed with it yesterday to see if it would run.
Replaced filters, primed fuel lines to injectors, replaced battery,
etc. It has a 1800 dollar repair bill from 1994 in the glovebox with
timing chain, valve guides, etc done at 92000 miles. I purchased it
with 99500 on the odometer.
Needless to say, with fuel at the injectors, it will not fire. I even
went so far as to disconnect the glow plugs and shoot some starting
fluid into the intake to see if it would fire. No luck! Then I placed
my hand over the intake manifold, (disconnected the hose to the air
cleaner, and it doesn't seem to suck the skin off my hand like other
diesels I own. Is this a sign of bad rings? What vacuum should be on
the intake manifold?
I removed the valve cover to insure all was fine there, but is it
possible the timing could be off 180 degrees?
Sorry for the long email, but wanted all to know what has been done to
eliminate some of the obvious. It turns over fine, but no joy.