Misfire - Change Coils - 2,3 ?? what to get..

Discussion in 'Engine' started by crammy69, Nov 8, 2008.

  1. grober

    grober MB Club Veteran

    Jun 22, 2003
    Perth, Scotland
    W204 C200CDI Estate
    Unfortunately the problem may lie with your EZL transistorised ignition unit. Item 8 on your diagram. These are bolted to the inner wing which acts as a heat sink for the electronics. Unfortunately with age the heat sink compound between the wing and unit dries out-it overheats and then you begin to get problems as the unit warms up. Lots of these are failing now and they are expensive to replace. They can be repaired if its just the output stage but if the ignition curve control chip is toast replacement is the only answer- and they are not cheap. However- one stage at a time as Dieselman suggests -test the spark. The best way to trouble shoot these old systems is to find a garage+ knowledgable mechanic+ old fashioned oscilloscope engine analyser. once hooked up you should be able to display the ignition HT firing lines for all cylinders- this should tell where the problem lies i.e. which cylinder is misfiring or whether the coil is giving the correct output etc.
  2. Dieselman

    Dieselman Banned

    Jul 13, 2003
    Peugeot 403 Convertible
    Before going too deep check all the distributor components including the backplate. It can allow the HT to short to the head.
  3. OP

    crammy69 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Feb 12, 2008
    2001 W210 E55 AMG,2010 Fiat 500 1.2,2002 Triumph America,LML Star 125 DLX,1984 C70,2011 Thruxton

    After all my many posts on my misfire issue, I finally took it to a recommended Mercedes mechanic who diagnosed the car as running too lean, adjusted the mixture on the throttle body and hey presto, no more misfire / rough idle. Also the car now starts from warm as easily as it does from cold (I guess the cold start valve made up for the mixture deficiency as it always started and ran well from cold). Im so happy and pleased its sorted now. Thanks everyone for your help.

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