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Old 12-29-2015, 02:36 PM   #11
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1 Put 3-5 gallons fuel in tank
2 crank engine few seconds -- let stand 20 seconds
3 Repeat #2
4 crank engine while pumping fuel pedal until it starts
The above instructions are accurate (from a SPRINTER service center near Flint, MI). Our 2013 Solera sprung a fuel leak on the fuel line from the fuel tank to the generator). We were towed to the Sprinter service center and it was fixed promptly with an $8 clamp part. WHAT WE DIDN'T KNOW WAS WHEN THERE IS A SUDDEN FUEL LOSS ON THE SPRINTER THE FUEL GAUGE GOES TO HALF FULL NO MATTER HOW MUCH FUEL IS IN THE TANK. Because we thought we had 1/2 tank of fuel, we opted to go down the freeway to fuel up. Needless to say, we ran out of fuel on the freeway. I drove Mercedes diesel CARS for 35 years and never ran out of fuel but I knew that if I did, it was difficult to restart the engine. So when we ran out of fuel with the SPRINTER, I called the service center that fixed the leak and he stepped me through it after I added 5 gallons of fuel. The engine started right up. The guy said the SPRINTER DIESEL IS DIFFERENT FROM THE CAR TURBO ENGINE AND THAT'S HOW YOU DO IT and it worked!

I give this long explanation in hopes it helps other Mercedes Lovers in the future. This Forum has been a Godsend for me for 3 years. -- SOLERA ROOKIE (I'm no longer a rookie!)
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Old 12-29-2015, 03:36 PM   #12
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Good to know as a Solera owner! This brought back old memories to me of running out of diesel at night in a MBZ, as a female with my baby and not being able to just add a gallon of fuel, having to get towed.
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Old 12-29-2015, 04:05 PM   #13
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I try and not get in that situation by resetting my odometer when the "0" starts flashing. I know then I can safely drive 50 miles to get fuel.
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Old 12-30-2015, 10:14 AM   #14
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Is it true if your MBS runs Out of Fuel,it will NOT start unless it is Towed to a MB Dealer and Put on the Computer? Youroo!!
This might have to be done with the new common rail fuel systems on the European cars. I know I need to take my wife's Jetta TDI to the dealer to have the fuel filter changed. Or find someone with a electronic tool called a "VAG-COM" and a lap top. This is to allow you to interface with the electronics of the engine and prime the fuel filter and purge all of the air out of the fuel system, without turning on the glow plugs.

Some user who have done their own fuel filter changes have burnout the glow plugs on their engine. The glow plugs engage every time you turn the ignition key on, this is to allow easier starting in all weather conditions. Thus if you crank the engine and just try to prime the fuel filter the glow plugs are actuated and you can burn them out.

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Old 12-30-2015, 10:40 AM   #15
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Yup. One of the many reasons I have my own vag com sitting in my toolbox.


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Old 12-30-2015, 09:03 PM   #16
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This might have to be done with the new common rail fuel systems on the European cars. I know I need to take my wife's Jetta TDI to the dealer to have the fuel filter changed. Or find someone with a electronic tool called a "VAG-COM" and a lap top. This is to allow you to interface with the electronics of the engine and prime the fuel filter and purge all of the air out of the fuel system, without turning on the glow plugs.

Some user who have done their own fuel filter changes have burnout the glow plugs on their engine. The glow plugs engage every time you turn the ignition key on, this is to allow easier starting in all weather conditions. Thus if you crank the engine and just try to prime the fuel filter the glow plugs are actuated and you can burn them out.

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Guess based on the previous post, Benz doesn't have the issue Volks does. Five gallons, turn the key, start right up. Good to know.
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Guess based on the previous post, Benz doesn't have the issue Volks does. Five gallons, turn the key, start right up. Good to know.

It's still about the worst thing you can do to a diesel... Besides fill w gas..


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Old 12-31-2015, 12:37 PM   #18
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Guess based on the previous post, Benz doesn't have the issue Volks does. Five gallons, turn the key, start right up. Good to know.
Do you have a diesel engine in your Sprinter chassis? Now if you do, do the glow plug resistor light up every time that you turn the ignition key to the on position regardless of ambient air temperatures? This is the little squiggle light on the dash display! If so you are energizing the glow plugs and over time these will fail if not allowed to cool between cycles. Trying to fill the fuel filter canister and purging the air from the fuel system by using the on position is harmful to most light duty diesel engines. These engines are not as robust as the Caterpillar, Cummins and Deer diesel engines are. So what is good for the heavy duty on-highway diesel engine may not be good for the light duty automotive diesel engine.

That is why on a VW you use a VAG-COM/laptop to purge the air out of the fuel system. So you do not engage the glow plugs unnecessary and burn them out.
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Old 12-31-2015, 01:08 PM   #19
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1 Put 3-5 gallons fuel in tank
2 crank engine few seconds -- let stand 20 seconds
3 Repeat #2
4 crank engine while pumping fuel pedal until it starts
Pump the fuel pedal? I would assume this vehicle has fuel injection and not a carburetor so i would think it has an electric fuel pump.
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Old 12-31-2015, 01:29 PM   #20
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It gets old when posters ask if the sprinter has a diesel. I would understand if this wasn't a MBS thread. Anyway, MB invented the diesel engine and has been manufacturing them long before cummins, deere, etc. got into the business. Oh, and the 3.0L engine is bulletproof. You need to consider the duty cycle of the procedure discussed, if you run the benz out of fuel. By that I mean, after the first time, I seriously doubt you will run out again. It's just a function of the learning curve. Along with FLASHING fuel gage when you're nearing empty, albeit sometime after the flashing begins.
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