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My M.B. 240D will not start unless I add starting fluid/

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Sounds to me like you either have bad/weak glow plugs or low compression in your cylinders. Continuing to put starting fluid in your diesel will ultimately cause much more serious problems. Starting fluid is never recommended for use on a diesel.

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