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Old 07-01-2010, 11:33 AM   #1
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Angry W163 ML270 CDi Cold Start Problem

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Having a problem starting in the cold. Changed the heater plugs beginning of December so its not that. However the heater plug light on the dashboard stays on a while when its this cold once its started. Went out to it this morning and it turned for ages (plenty of juice in the battery) but would not fire. Had to leave it with the battery on charge. Its not the first time its done it recently. Seems directly linked to how cold it is as once we get a warmer day and i've re charged the battery it fires.
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Old 07-01-2010, 11:39 AM   #2
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On my diesel it helps to turn the key, wait for coil light to turn off, but then wait another 2-3 seconds. It's starts a lot easier then.

On my wife's petrol Smart car it had the same symptoms as yours. The car had not been started for 1 week, so i put it down to the battery electrolyte being very cold.

http://www.mbclub.co.uk/forums/elect...-starting.html

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Old 07-01-2010, 02:02 PM   #3
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Ok, the plot thickens. It won't start with easy start. The alternator is giving full charge. If i put a booster on the battery it will start but while the temperature is this cold the glow plug warning light stays on for a fair while after it fires. Even though the plugs are new.
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Old 07-01-2010, 02:08 PM   #4
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I would be inclined to say the seals on the plastic pipes are allowing the fuel system to suck in air this is why it doesnt start
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Old 07-01-2010, 02:17 PM   #5
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I'm thinking your battery is on the way out. That would also account for the glow plug light staying on as they're not getting up to temperature.

If you can, have the battery load tested when it's really cold.
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Old 07-01-2010, 02:26 PM   #6
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It is the original MB battery, so its 6/7 years old. I'll try and get it load tested.
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Old 07-01-2010, 02:41 PM   #7
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Stuie, check my thread below as we could have a similar issue. "When temp goes below zero my 270CDi won't start in the morning. In past two weks I have had both batteries replaced, the thermostat, and glow plugs. If temp is zero or above it starts first time in morning. If it gets to minus two or below it won't start. There is plenty of life in batt and starter motor cranks strongly even in sub zero. I should add that it fires up with Easy Start. Have now spent 600 in two weeks to solve this problem but back to square one! Common denominator is it doesn't like sub zero temps. Once started it runs beautifully and will fire up very easily for rest of day. At my wits' end now! Any help much appreciated, bearing in mind that problem only occurs at sub zero."
Note the cash I've spent to no avail. Beware!
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I cant see it being the battery as if the battery were weak it would turn over slowly and then die.

i would go for the seals another guy on here has the same car and had his none starting and he has had the seals replaced and its fine now and cost him 50 all in to have them done
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Old 07-01-2010, 03:10 PM   #9
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Have just checked for faults on diagnostic. Nothing registered.

Are we talking about replacing the fuel injector seals?

I loosened the fuel pipes and the fuel is only dribbling out rather than spraying out as it should on turnover.

Still thinking its a battery issue, cos if the battery is not in peak condition, it's not powering the hi pressure fuel pump adequately to make it fire.
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One thing would be to check the actual value of the fuel system while cranking it.

No the small plastic fuel pipes have rubber seals on them and they perish.

But the high pressure pump is mechanical and has no electrical feeds to make it run its is run by the engine turning over
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OK Willow. Thanks for that.
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OK I know this isn't a really helpful post, but is anyone else here rather surprised at (or has anyone else noticed) how many 270CDIs are not seemingly able to cope with the current conditions? Or is it mere coincidence?

There seem to be a lot of posts/threads relating to non-starting 270CDIs on here...
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OK I know this isn't a really helpful post, but is anyone else here rather surprised at (or has anyone else noticed) how many 270CDIs are not seemingly able to cope with the current conditions? Or is it mere coincidence?

There seem to be a lot of posts/threads relating to non-starting 270CDIs on here...
To me i think it is a coincidence i think these engines are just coming to that age where certain things will start to go wrong and the cold weather is just highlighting the situation at the moment
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Old 09-01-2010, 09:50 AM   #14
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ml270 cold starting

Same problem here on my 2000 ml only happened since the cold snap !
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Hi - having the same issue with a 320CDI auto estate - wont start and battery goes dead even though brand new and high capacity - did start when engine covered in a blanket under the bonnet but took it off when car in the garage and left for a couple of days - wont now start so battery on overnight charge and waiting for anyone with photo's of fuel pipe seal locations so can warm with hairdryer to test that theory of cold seals !! Anyone who can help ???

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