Mercedes Repair Questions? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
Idle is rough. Are there any complaints with higher revs? Do you have any misfiring during full-load acceleration from idle?
I assume the spark plugs and the rubber isolators for them were already checked/replaced and are as new.
These engines had big problems with wiring harnesses, especialy the primary(low-voltage) igntion coil wiring. Due to the engine heat, the isolation on the wires disintegrates and the wires are shorted together. If you are the owner, i strongly recommend either to repair or replace the engine wiring harness. I have seen a lot of Engine control units destroyed because of the shorted wirings.
Please check very carefuly the primary voltage harness, as well as injector wires for isolation damage, and repair this. I believe this will solve the problem.
If not, let me know, i wil assist you further with this.
Stan thanks for your review - but to "change out the Engine Harness" is not a simple task.
Right now I am not certain what to even call the Part descriptions.
Regarding your comment regarding "primary(low-voltage) igntion coil wiring" - is this the "rubber coated distirbution assembly feeding the coils? If so do you know what is the Mercedes or Parts House description so I can research locating replacement component? (this may be the culprit since there is electrical tape on one of the wires)
Do you have any recommended troubleshooting or resistance values to Test if this is a failed part before I seek more parts?
If you could - please itemize what components you would go after first.
(we already changed the Plugs - per Mercedes Spec, changed the Coil operating the suspect Cylinder/non-firing Plug, and Fuel Injector for the same)
Your assistance is appreciated.
What is not mentioned in your list, but is very important though, are the rubber isolation connectors which are connecting the sparkplug to the ignition coils or high-tension cables. Please be sure that they are flexible, and do not break apart when you squeeze their sparkplug side tips. Please be sure that they are as good as new. If not, there will be high volage leak, causing damage to the spark plugs and coils.
The rubberised wiring you are talking about is the primary voltage supply to the coils. It has some wires inside, and is not replaceable separately. It is part of the engine wiring harness.
The best way to check the wiring harness, is to remove the outer tape layer starting right after ignition coils rubberised wiring. Look at the wires, if their isolation is all cracked up and disintegrated, the wiring harness needs repair or replacement.
I have repaired these harnesses by replacing all of the damaged wires one by one u to the engine control unit plug. It is a 8-12 hour job.
So , please open up the outer tape layer on the engine harness and let me know what you find.
These are the first things to check
To give you part numbers, i would need the VIN of your car.
I'm back on line now.
Thanks Stan - I will ask the mechanic (not a Mercedes specialist) to look into the areas you suggest. I'll get back with you.
My pleasure to help you.
Let me know the findings. If needed, i can give some further advice on this.