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> 88 245dl Spark, Fuel, No Start!
240_BOI
post Dec 8 2019, 04:26 PM
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So I got this 1988 245 about a 2 months ago, to be my winter car. When I got it, it was running fine, but only needed a few things for safety. I discovered the gas tank was rusted, so i replaced that. It sat in my driveway on jack stands for about a month, with no gas tank. After i installed the tank, I turned it over, and it fired right up. After that i had to bring it to the garage to get a manifold bolt drilled, as it is too cold outside to be messing around with that. The car made it to the shop with no issues, and made it back too. The only problem is that when I was pulling into the driveway, it died, and wouldn't start again.

Ever since then, with the little time I have, I had narrowed the issue down to the distributor and after. The rotor was giving we a silly reading of 100 000ohm, which is ridiculous. So assuming it was that, I replaced the rotor and cap. Still no start, not even the smallest ignition, just the started turning it over. I have verified strong spark, and plenty of fuel. At this point I have no idea what is going on, it is making zero sense.

Let me know what you've got for possible solutions, thanks, much appreciated!
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post Dec 8 2019, 04:35 PM
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although you say you have fuel, it might be worth checking the fuel pump relay, these are prone to weak solder joints, especially in cold weather. (when things contract and the gaps around the pins cracks the solder.
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post Dec 8 2019, 04:38 PM
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QUOTE (grendel1960 @ Dec 8 2019, 04:35 PM)
although you say you have fuel, it might be worth checking the fuel pump relay, these are prone to weak solder joints, especially in cold weather. (when things contract and the gaps around the pins cracks the solder.


I had was thinking there was something up with the relay, because there seemed to be too much fuel in the cylinders. I pulled the relay and turned it over, and the car wouldn't start, yet it was back firing. This is more than it was doing with the relay attached. But I also used so quick start, and it didn't even fire up then,so its still a confusing situation.

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post Dec 9 2019, 12:32 AM
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it might be worth checking the timing marks to make sure the timing belt hasnt jumped a tooth, that could cause the symptoms you describe, or a stuck valve not closing properly
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post Dec 9 2019, 09:44 AM
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QUOTE (grendel1960 @ Dec 9 2019, 12:32 AM)
it might be worth checking the timing marks to make sure the timing belt hasnt jumped a tooth, that could cause the symptoms you describe, or a stuck valve not closing properly


Would one tooth be enough to cause it not to start at all?
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post Dec 9 2019, 04:02 PM
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i refitted one and got it one tooth out, it barely ran, when i then got it 2 teeth adrift it had no compression and wouldnt start, dont take it as gospel, but a check against the timing marks should at least verify they are ok.
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QUOTE (240_BOI @ Dec 8 2019, 05:38 PM)
I had was thinking there was something up with the relay, because there seemed to be too much fuel in the cylinders. I pulled the relay and turned it over, and the car wouldn't start, yet it was back firing. This is more than it was doing with the relay attached. But I also used so quick start, and it didn't even fire up then,so its still a confusing situation.

remove the spark plugs turn over the engine to pump it out.
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