need help from experts PLEASE, i have a problem with a 230E mercedes 1983
type 124 . the engine doesnot run smoothly during low RPM , when you
increase the rpm it performs smoothly no problems there, and it accelerates
smoothly aswell . i tried adjusting the air fuel mixture ,now the exhaust
fumes smells rich of fuel, makes your eyes burn.
any suggestions or help would be appreciated
i donot know when it was last serviced because i just bought this car, yes
the idle speed has beend changed.
and another thing is i am from nepal , kathmndu and i dont think this car has
been handled by any professionals before and iam not a professional aswell i
have been working as a mechanic for more than 30 years now and we dont have
proper instruments aswell so please keep these things in mind too
your reply will be greatly appreciated thank you
Ok, first make sure it is not something simple, like the OVP relay/fuse.
Fortunately, it's mostly mechanical. The electronics regulate idle and
Idle should be about 800. I believe. You should not have touched the
fuel/air mix adjustment, it is for CO emissions.
This is for the older K and D models, with some comments on the KE model:
Google around, I believe there is more information on this.
A small vacuum leak can cause partial misfires and less than smooth idle
which disappear as the motor's speed increases. That's because the small
vacuum leak becomes an insignificant factor in the motor's air / fuel
volume at, say, 1,500+ rpms vs. a 600 rpm idle.
Suggest you look for and listen for a vacuum leak's hissing - could be a
cracked vacuum hose or leak at an intake manifold gasket. Suspected
sites can be checked by CAREFUL application of a combustible like
propane or fuel to the site. If the motor then idles smoothly (from the
added fuel) the leak is confirmed.
In any event, vacuum leak or not, the motor's air fuel ratio ought to be
restored to specifications for fuel economy and environmental reasons.
I have had occasional success locating a small vacuum leak by spraying
a short duration, fine mist of starter fluid near suspected places
around the intake while the car is missing. If there is a vacuum leak,
the idle will increase, thus making the leak easier to locate.
Obligatory "diluting the gene pool" *Warning*:
The above is a report of experience NOT advice! Starter fluid is
flammable read the label. Do not attempt on a hot engine. Do not use
excessive amounts. Adequate ventilation is necessary. Don't drink it.
Have a means for extinguishing a fire handy. If you are not flame
proof don't do it at all! Most of all, don't be stupid.
Now I know why the drug company's disclaimers are so annoying.
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