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#55 of 95 Re: To All Sprinter Owners.......To Be Cont'D............ [kathyr1]
Aug 28, 2009 (1:29 pm)
I have a 2005 Sprinter as well, used for deliveries in our business. I also have 3 Ford E150s for comparison. The Sprinter has ~110K miles...would have more if it didn't spend SO much time in the repair shop. I must say that there isn't anything about this truck that we haven't had problems with...paint, sliding door, transmission, brakes, engine. In the last month we spent $2500 on a new blower motor for the A/C, a belt tensioner, and an EGR valve (today for $1040). This is THE most unreliable vehicle I have ever owned. I can only say that I hope they fired the engineering team. (Dave, I'll send you a note separately to compare notes)
#56 of 95 sprinter black smoke
Sep 20, 2009 (8:42 pm)
Hi, Im a fleet mechanic and some of my trucks are 05 sprinters w/2.7l 5 cyl engines. I had one overheat from a broken fan belt and they drove it back to the shop about 20 miles. Din't seam to hurt anything, replaced belt and idler pulley and topped off coolant, ran fine. about a month later (10,000 miles) the driver started complaining about black smoke coming from tail pipe mostly on take offs. Fuel pressure is normal, injector pulse is normal, no restrictions in intake assy. O2 sensor has been changed. I don't no if its related to overheating or not. Any ideas?
#57 of 95 Slick 50
Sep 27, 2009 (3:40 am)
Have any of you tried Slick 50? Works wonders on gas engines. Just a thought.
#58 of 95 Re: [floridadream]
Sep 28, 2009 (6:45 pm)
Have you resolved your problem Floridadream? I have the exact same problem and my dealer finally came up with a solution. Have your dealer take a look at service bulletin # 24-001-09. It addresses idle instability and installs a rear A/C cutout module. My Sprinter is out of warranty but they covered it. I would think that your dealer would do the same for you seeing how you have had it into the shop for this problem during the warranty period. This bulletin only applies to 2003-2006 Sprinters with factory roof air.
#59 of 95 Re: Start Error [tidwells]
Oct 20, 2009 (4:33 am)
Your Sprinter Tech is incorrect. There are two watch type batteries inside your key fob. Your key is not communicating with the SKREEM module. You will not be able to fix this without taking it to the Dealer so they can reprogram your key to the module or you may have a defective module. Check the batteries first.
#60 of 95 Re: sprinter black smoke [upsmech]
Oct 20, 2009 (8:15 am)
If you have hard start, no start, lots of smoke try this:
1. Remove the plastic injector cover (aka valve cover)
2. Remove the clip at the top of each injector. Use a hook pick and just pull the clip sideways. Remove the fuel injector return lines from the top of each injector.
3. Take a small vice grip and squeeze this line closed at the rear of the engine head or just behind the number five injector fitting. You are just keeping fuel from coming out of this line while cranking.
4. Buy a couple feet of 3/8" ID clear vinyl tubing at Ace hardware. Cut yourself five 4" pieces of this tubing. Now your going to install the tubing onto the top of each injector, the tube will fit nice and snug around each injector top where you removed the return lines. Now you should have five clear pipes sticking up off your injectors. These will be like beakers that capture bypassed fuel that is forced through the injector during cranking.
5. Disconnect the cam sensor near the number five injector, this will keep the engine from starting.
6. Crank the engine for about 30 seconds non stop. Take a look at your injector tubes. You should not have more than about a 1/4" to 1/2" of fuel in those tubes, if you have an 1" or more or more fuel in one tube than another you have a bad injector or a whole set of bad injectors. Lets not be super picky here an 1/8" difference is not an issue between injectors. Im talking an inch in one injector and a 1/4" in another.
#61 of 95 Stalling while under load
Dec 24, 2009 (4:43 am)
I recently bought a load of bad fuel. Sprinter 2500 TDI started stalling at stops. eventually it would die on pulling up an incline. I had noticed the fuel pump in the tank being louder than usual. This problem would stop the engine the lights and gauges stayed on but no engine. After a week in the dealership they had changed the fuel rail dropped the tank and cleaned it swapped the tank pump the engine harness the module and finally they replaced the injectors although the engine seemed to run smoothly. Apparently the injector screens had become blocked enough to not allow full acceleration or a hard pull after the engine had warmed up! Hope this helps someone!
#62 of 95 Gas Sprinter Crank But No Start (Intermittent) Problem
Apr 28, 2010 (5:52 am)
I've searched this board, to no avail and was wondering if anyone has the solution. The van has left me stranded and needed to be towed to a dealer three times in the last month. The van cranks, but does not start. It it then towed (on Dodge's dime), to the local Sprinter dealer (between 125-250 miles from where it wouldn't start). The first dealer said it was a faulty fuel pump and replaced it under warranty. The next time it happed it was towed to a different dealer and it started for them upon arrival. They kept it four days and couldn't replicate, so they said they couldn't fix. The last time (two days ago), it was towed to yet another dealer (Las Vegas), as we were on a trip, and the same thing. It wouldn't start when the tow truck arrived, nor when it was dropped off at the dealer, but the next morning it did start when the service tech went to trouble shoot it. They said the same thing as the Phoenix shop. Any ideas out there as to what is causing this? The van is a 2007 with ~16k miles on the odometer.
Thanks a bunch in advance!!!!
#63 of 95 Re: Gas Sprinter Crank But No Start (Intermittent) Problem [tintent]
Apr 28, 2010 (7:04 am)
I had this same problem with my 03 3500 sprinter with 145,000 miles. I changed the fuel filter and that fixed it. Your problem my not be that simple but it worked for me.
May 22, 2010 (10:29 am)
Thanks. No the problem isn't resolved. I'm over the 3 year 36,000 mile warranty (have 40,000) and the rear A/C stopped squealing but it only blows very hot air and I learned not to use it. Today I'm doing an oil change and noticed the second belt is gone so I'm hoping and assuming that belt may have been part of the problem Dodge couldn't find all along. Looking for a diagram now for the tension.