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Old 01-04-2013, 11:48 AM   #15
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ok , found bad fuse. replaced fuel filter, two bad glow plugs. Will be on the road at noon today. Life is good, thanks and see you all out there on the road. Thanks for all the support. Denny
I have a thoroughly hokey tradition for whenever I get a vehicle back from the shop. I have a particular Willie Nelson song permanently loaded on my iPod, that I play as I'm driving away.

"On the road again, just can't wait to get on the road again"
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:36 AM   #16
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Since yours is a 2009, it's probably not a common-rail fuel injection, and so only has a low-pressure fuel pump, not both low-pressure primary and high-pressure secondary pumps.
The OP says his Interstate is a MY2009. I'm assuming this is the MY of the Interstate so the MY of the Sprinter is almost certainly 2007 or later. So, his Sprinter has the OM642.993 (CDI) 3.0L V6. CDI stands for Common rail Direct Injection. These CDI engines use high pressure fuel delivery; 1,600 bar (23,000 psi). This engine has been used in NAFTA NCV3 Sprinters since MY2007.

The newer OM642.898 engine was introduced in 2010. The main change is that the new engine uses the SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) system which MB calls BlueTec. Otherwise the engines are essentially the same.
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The OP says his Interstate is a MY2009. I'm assuming this is the MY of the Interstate so the MY of the Sprinter is almost certainly 2007 or later. So, his Sprinter has the OM642.993 (CDI) 3.0L V6. CDI stands for Common rail Direct Injection. These CDI engines use high pressure fuel delivery; 1,600 bar (23,000 psi). This engine has been used in NAFTA NCV3 Sprinters since MY2007.

The newer OM642.898 engine was introduced in 2010. The main change is that the new engine uses the SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) system which MB calls BlueTec. Otherwise the engines are essentially the same.
Thanks. Looks like my memory failed me on when Mercedes introduced their common-rail engines. It's bad when I start to forget my senior moments!
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[QUOTE=Protagonist;1244303]Two problems happening here, both related to the cold. #2 Diesel contains parafin, and will gel at low temperatures (below +17F). Winterized diesel is a blend of #2 and #1 diesel, and contains less parafin. Pure #1 diesel won't gel until about -35F.

So, if your temps got down to -10F, good chance that the diesel gelled. Problem is, when the diesel warms back up, the parafin doesn't necessarily dissolve again and blend back into the fuel. It's a relatively complicated process to un-gel your diesel. Check this forum to see what some diesel owners recommend:
Gelled Fuel? What to do? - Dodge Diesel - Diesel Truck Resource Forums

Got with "Power Service" about their additives after reading their website. I immediately got one of the products to put in the I3500 which is stored indoors at 45-50 degrees during the winter months. This will help stabilize the fuel during the vehicle storage. Took the I3500 out today on a short trip to a state park west of Tulsa to get the additive dispersed through out the fuel system. It was also a good excuse to "get on the road again" and have a nice lunch out in the great outdoors.
The other Power Service product was for use in fuel where temps go below 30F. I put it in my diesel BMW X5. After 4 miles of going home on Friday, my idle got noticeably smoother and reduced the inherent vibration. The other product is for fuel above 30F.
You can get these products at O'Reilly, Advanced Auto and Wallyworld. After my discussion with the engineer at Power Service, I will be recommending their products in my shop. They have the contract to insure Wal Mart trucks fuel storage and overall fuel quality is proper.
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Sta-Bil has a product called "Diesel Power" which is intended to prevent gelling up to -25 F (-31 C.) This doesn't "cure" gelled diesel as far as I know, but from what I've heard, it does OK at preventing it from happening.
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