ATTABOY!!! This is a manual tranny car isn't it? If so, the spring loaded thing in the accelerator linkage is to help prevent bunny hops when starting from a dead stop - usually a problem for those not accomplished at driving a standard, IIRC.
On Sat, Jul 13, 2013 at 3:15 PM, Curt Raymond <curtlud...@yahoo.com> wrote: > So I've been keeping quiet about this because I didn't want to jinx myself > but last weekend I retorqued the head bolts on my '78 240D. You'll remember > thats the one where the exhaust was blowing the coolant back out of the > engine. Some of the bolts were still tight but some needed a little more, > some needed as much as 1/8 turn. > With them all tightened to spec the engine seems content to keep the wet > stuff inside where it belongs. I drove it a few miles to prove that worked > and then parked it, the engine seemed to idle rough cold and some valves > tapped threateningly. > > Today I tried adjusting the valves, I'll not try that again until I get a > proper set of wrenches... I found the intakes all slightly loose (0.13mm) > except for one that was perfect. The exhausts were all slightly tight > (0.25-0.28mm). Considering the rough adjustment I was capable of I decided > I'd loosen the tight exhaust valves and leave the loose intakes where they > were, even then the adjustment took me right on 2 hours, most of that was > farting around not knowing what I was doing. > > Apparently the tight exhaust valves were the cause of my noise as its gone > but the car still seems under powered even for a 240D. I took it for a 20 > mile run at speeds up to 60mph with the AC blowing ice cold most of the > time except when I didn't have power to climb hills. By the time I got home > it was definitely running better and had more power but still not enough. > > When Angie got home I had her work the pedal while I observed the linkage. > This car has a spring thing in the linkage from the pedal which I don't > understand the point of. I guess its to stop from forcing a linkage thats > stuck. Anyway it appears to have lost its sproing because it wasn't pushing > the linkage sufficiently. With the pedal on the floor we were only getting > about 1/2 travel to the stop, I suppose that explains why the car always > felt down on power. I put a hose clamp on the moving bit so it can't move > and that got about 1/2 the missing travel back. Then I found a pivot point > that also levers out in the wrong direction. I guess it needs a new > bushing. With no new bushing to put in but lots of pedal travel that > doesn't do anything (the first 1/8 of travel accomplishes nothing) I > adjusted the other linkages so that now the lever at the IP goes all the > way to the stop. I've yet to make a test run but it seems like a reasonable > idea... > > Anyway it looks like the Phoenix is rising once again. > > -Curt > _______________________________________ > http://www.okiebenz.com > For new and used parts go to www.okiebenz.com > To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ > > To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: > http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com > -- OK Don 2013 F150, 19 mpg 2012 Passat TDI DSG, 45 mpg 1957 C182A, 12 mpg - but at 150 mph! _______________________________________ http://www.okiebenz.com For new and used parts go to www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com