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Experience:  BEng hons Mech engineering, in auto industry 22 years
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one morning sprinter wont start except with aerostart. turn

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one morning sprinter won't start except with aerostart. turn ignition on and wait for pre heat lights to go out but not starting. first problem in seven years. only done 61000 kms
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Mercedes
Expert:  Matt replied 4 years ago.
Hello

If you haven't already then its worth considering fitting a new fuel filter as if only slightly blocked this can lower fuel supply pressure and choke the main pump, the pump will be more sensitive to this when its cold as diesel thickens considerably with low temperatures.
and it may have developed an air leak on the fuel supply pipe from the tank to the engine. The engine has no separate lift pump and relies on the built in one in the injection pump. If a leak has developed on the fuel suction pipe then air entering the system will air lock the pump.
Try pumping up the fuel using the hand pump in the engine bay on the filter housing, then crack off / loosen each injector pipe in turn while cranking the engine and getting an assistant to operate the primer. This will expel air from the injection side and the engine should fire up. The problem will be cured by checking the supply pipe along its length for signs of leakage and repairing any you find.
If you daub each pipe joint with heavy grease and the issue goes away then wipe the grease away one at a time to highlight the problem joint