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Good, as this means I have one less hurdle to deal with. How confusing is this? Call up Napa as I read here that they have the best prices on filters for the 450. Am quoted $46.10 for one and $85.63 for the other. Dude can't tell me if it has the opening for the water probe, the pic in his computer doesn't show a top view. Tells me my best bet it to drive across town to the only franchisee that has one in stock, and to another for the other in order to confirm if this is the right filter.
Call up a Merc dealership and am quoted $24.71 for the fuel filter. He too cannot answer if it has the insert for the water sensor but insists that this is the right filter for my car, based on the VIN. And this isn't even the dealership with the best prices for parts, out of the 3 in town.
Glad this is a headache I don't have to incur. At least if one can trust the sensor to be doing its job, now that the wiring has been rectified.
Incidentally, Napa wants $20 for an oil filter while Merc only charges exactly half that. Go figure.
Yes, bettery was removed. A necessity in order to access the white socket. And I always unplug it before even disconnecting any socket, I'm now paranoid I'm gonna fry something or activate a warning light that you can't turn off (here looking at you, airbag light - literally, each time I start the car). I also don't spray contact cleaner after your experience. I spray a tiny amount on a toothbrush and gently clean contacts that way.
Yes, new crush washers installed on all 3 injectors, concave side facing up. I truly don't think the injector nozzles are the issue but compared to timing, I sure hope they are. If so, no biggie, will remove them and attempt to take them apart and install new nozzles. If it wasn't so damn difficult I'd have done that by now. I do have a decent torch that I can heat up the area around the threads and a vise that I can secure the injector in, while cranking with a breaker bar. So it's doable. It's just something I was hoping I could get away without doing. But as proven, what I have done hasn't paid dividends.
Going to open up one of 3 silver boxes now. Found this third one in the car, behind the passenger seat, along with the ECU that attaches to the airbox. Looks like PO bought a few parts from the wreckers but never installed them. Good thing, seeing how he didn't save the wires for the ECU.
Tomorrow I hope to have a friend mechanic look at the car. If there's an issue with timing, he's the guy would pick up on it (he did the timing in my diesel Rabbit and mk4 TDI Jetta, something few around here can do properly). He has some fancy high tech microscope that can check for timing without taking the motor apart. Compared to the cost/headache of replacing a timing chain, etc, I'd gladly attempt to take apart injectors using my teeth. If it came to replacing a timing chain would have to carefully consider our options with my better half. But lets not fret till tomorrow after he looks at it. But yes, he now has me scared shitless.
You may find that the fuel isn't getting atomized correctly by the injectors and it's raw fuel or un burnt fuel smoke you're seeing. It is a dirty diesel after all. IMHO, if you can't see it in the daylight it isn't smoking badly enough to say it's an oil burner.
Yes that white plug has something to do with the fuel sensor and the dash light, imho as mine did the same thing. I would open up the silver box and check to see what it looks like inside. Mine looked like new on the outside but was all covered in white crud inside. It washed off using some soap and a toothbrush, then I used nail polish to re seal the board. Clear.
There is a grounding pin under the engine compartment lip. It's at roughly the 11 o'clock position under the front edge of the bodywork in front of the inter cooler. It's a usual bad ground position. Also check main ground cable from engine to bodywork.,
I worry that you are going to burn out your starter by working it so hard...? I expect you have installed the crush washers under your injectors? Have you checked the glow plug resistances yet..? .9 ..?
Just curious.....when you cut these connectors off, etc, you do disconnect the battery correct...? One zap will fry your computers.....worst case..?
U kidding me? You have helped me solve tons of things. Your input and that of other members have been invaluable. The reason why I have devoted each and every day to this project for the past couple of weeks as now I have the confidence to tackle it, feel like I am in good hands. Really appreciate all the help from everyone here. Car still needs attention but I an't going nowhere.