Question about Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Hey, I've got an R reg vito and they're all the bloody same. They're fitted with a "self priming pump" and i've used the quotation marks because they never bloody work! I've ran out of diesel in mine a few times due to a broken guage and it's always the same, depress pedal and for 30 second intervals crank the motor and depress the accelerator halfway. After an hour, multiple stalls and a flat battery it may choose to start. If you run out on a hill, forget it. The last time I ran out before I got pissed off and fixed the fuel guage I did just that and a handy hint if you're stuck on a hill in a vito and out of fuel is to always carry a posi drive screwdriver in your van. If you can bear the taste of diesel, unscrew the rubber hose on the clear fuel line that runs into the fuel filter on the left hand side and ****. The pipe's fitted with a n/r valve so once you taste diesel, reconnect it and crank for a bit and it'll start. If you happen to be really organised, keep a can of brake and clutch cleaner spray in your van and spray into the air intake in small bursts and it'll fire up in a second. The latter mentioned product is a must to have and works ten times better than any can of easy start. Finally when you have time I'd recommend doing what I did and fitting an inline hand primer pump to the clear fuel line which i've tested and removes the need for all of the above messing around. The simple fact is, the vitos self primer is s**t and cannot be relied upon so if you're like me and like to play petrol station poker, a £3.99 ball pump is a must.
Posted on Jun 09, 2011
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