My 1990 24v 300CE with 190,000 is having some problems. Comments about
any would be most welcome.
1. For the last few seasons, when the heat comes on, there is a smell
from the system reminiscent of dry cleaning fluid. I am reasonably
certain it is not antifreeze since it doesn't smell like it, and the
windows do not fog. When the AC is on, no smell. With the heat on, the
smell is pronounced.
2. I have a warm start problem. When the car is cold, it starts with no
problem at all. After driving, if the car sits for 15 minutes or so, it
restarts fine. However, if it sits for 30 or more minutes, it takes
multiple attempts to restart, as in no fuel in the system. I don't think
it's the accumulator or pump. It's been suggested that the fuel
distributor may be leaking down and needs to be replaced. Does this
sound reasonable, and what might be a good check for this?
3 Is it necessary to disconnect the speedo cable from the transmission
before removing the instrument cluster? A bulb needs to be replaced, but
the cluster will not withdraw.
4 The small, plastic auxiliary, firewall-mounted water pump is leaking a
bit., Tightening the screws has not helped. Would it be sufficient to
disassemble it and apply new sealer to the parts and reasonable, or is a
new one indicated.
I realize it is difficult to diagnose from afar, and therefore I only
ask for best guesses on any of these.
(responses to the list, please)
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