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My merc vito 2002 turbo diesel ran out fuel after filling with 20l and trying to start 4 60secs have no sign of any firing of engine have undone small bolt on top of feel filter attempt to start noting no fuel coming from hole. do you know of possible solutions please

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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.

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    Same old story of how the vito "self priming pumps" don't work! I've run out of fuel a few times due to a dodgy guage before I got fed up and fixed it. If you're on a flat road, turn the key to 2 and leave for 15 seconds, repeat this a few times and then crank the engine in 30 second bursts with the pedal half depressed until it fires. If your line is dry however (especially if you're facing up a hill), it's time to taste diesel or buy a pump. If you're on the side of the road, easiest way is to use a posi drive to unscrew the retaining clip around the rubber hose on the clear line at the point where it meets the fuel filter. Start sucking with all your might and eventually you'll taste diesel. Instantly spit out whatever gets into your mouth as I'm pretty sure drinking the stuff will do you no good at all and reconnect the hose. The line's fitted with non return valves so the diesel should stay where you want it to. Crank the engine and it will fire. If you're at home, just to ensure an easier start, remove the air intake hose and spray brake and clutch cleaner in small bursts into the air intake whilst cranking. ( point of ref, this can be used for most starting issues as it's about 10 times more effective than your average can of easy start). If you had to go through this, chances are you'll be like me and make a point of never running out again, however, life happens and there will always be a day where you're running late and decide to play petrol station poker and lose. Do what I have and pre-empt this by fitting an inline hand primer pump to the same hose that rinsed your mouth out with diesel. They're about £3.99 off ebay and a damn sight more reliable than the over engineered **** mercedes decided to fit. Hope this helps.


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Seems to have been covered ok!

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