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Sprinter Cutting Out
I wonder if I am having the same problem with my 2003 2.7L 5 cylinder Sprinter with Sprintshift, Rapido 986M conversion. I have owned this vehicle for the last 5 years and has now done 34000 miles.
I always park the vehicle up after November as this is the last time we use it and then we always do our first trip in March.
The routine I always follow is keep the engine battery fully charged and run the engine every 2 weeks till engine temp is achieved. We also put moisture removers inside the van, it never ceases to amaze me how much water we have to empty out of these on a regular basis.
For the last 2 years we have had to be taken to by low loader (thank god for AA recovery) to our local heavy haulage garage,as we always take the van for a local run just to make sure and fuel up that every thing is OK before our first trip of the year in March. And on both of these runs after doing several miles doing some town driving and dual carriage way (70mph) for no reason the ESP light comes on and engine cuts out no amount of turning the engine over will start it.
The first time this happened in 2011 the local garage connected their general purpose computer code reader and it came up with fuelling problem. So they checked fuel filter changed for new one checked fuel tank, fuel pumps for pressure all seemed OK. They re-primed system, van started first time.
They said they did not know what had caused the problem and recommended to take it to a Merc dealer for full diagnostic's check. When I found out the cost of this I decided to run the van and see if the problem occurred again. We had 6 tripsUK, 1 tour of Belgium Holland, 1 journey to Croatia and back, not one beat was missed. March 2012 same procedure as above, same problem again, this time local garaged just re-primed system, started again no problem, did tour of Wales sweet as a nut.
So I am wondering if this is same problem, so if anybody could offer me some advice or had similar problem and solved it your advice would be very appreciated. Also if someone could tell me where my relays are I would change these as I think this is a cheaper option than going to the Merc dealer.