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1992 Mercedes Benz, 190E, 2.6 engine died when idle. Won't start.

Car died while idling. Then wouldn't start back. It would turn over but wouldn't start. I live on a dirt road. Paid $500.00 to have it fixed. Picked it up and drove about three miles to durg store. Was in there bout fifteen minutes. While driving home about 3 miles away it missed a few times. Decided to let it idle in driveway to see what happened. It died and won't start back again. Only symptoms I've had in the past yr. Is while driving very slow (near idle) on dirt road it would die. But always cranked right up. Done this about 3 or 4 times within a year. Mechanic said he replaced fuel filter, he said has good fuel pressure. Said something about a switch he either replaced, cleaned or something. He replaced distributor cap. He said parts were over $300.00 :). I cracked oil cap trying to get it off about a month ago. Didn't replace it. Husband said coil has good voltage. Thankyou for any help :).

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  • zo1ee Mar 09, 2009

    Husband said it's not airfilter. He's thinking it's an ignition problem. He thinks maybe ignition control unit. That cost almost more than the car is worth.

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    It's a 1989 5.0 4x4. The problem is it won't start up after I shut it off, unless I wait an hour or more.I've been told numerous things it could starts up in the morning or after work,with a little hesitation, but it starts.A five minute drive down the street I'll have to wait an hour to start. I've changed the fuel filter,fuel pump relay switch,it idles good,drives good just won't start. I'm beginning to think it's not the fuel system. I'm thinking that within that hour,something is cooling then starting. The ignition relay on the side of distributor? Starter solenoid? I've been driving it like this for many months. Has left me and my family stranded a few times. Little money don't want to buy a $100 part then that not be the problem. I need help. Anybody have that problem?


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Check your airfilter. your dirt road is killing it much faster than driving it on pavement

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