Loss of engine power
Larry

Beaumont, CA

#21 Aug 30, 2011
On a 109 degree F day, stopped to eat near town of Grapevine, CA before starting a 15 - 25 mile climb to LA [incline [6 -7 % in places] on Interstate 5. RV with 2008 sprinter diesel and 12K miles on it would hardly run, no power, would not shift down to lower gears. Drove it around the parking lot a few times and it worked better. About half way up it seemed to be back to its old self, but it sure was scary. Wondering if I should have it looked at or was it just a vapor lock or something?
Alan

Peterborough, Canada

#22 Sep 5, 2011
Can anyone help me ?
I have a 2004 Sprinter motor home conversion with 143000 km.
At 5000 km it had a recall to replace the EGR valve. At 25000 km the fuel pressure releave valve was replaced. At 89000 km the torque converter, drive shaft and turbo charger were done under warranty. At some time last year I replaced the turbo resomater with the billet aluminium after market version, just as a precaution.
At the present 143000 km the van started to hesitate on acceleration and would not 'kick down'. Turning the ignition off and on seemed to temporarly help overcome the problem after about 5 or 6 attempts. I then disconnected the battery and after re-connecting it 'seemed' to have solved the problem. It literally flew up to the Mercedes-Benz dealer in Barrie, Ontario for a lube, oil and filter for both engine and transmission as well as an engine computer check. This cost me just under $ 800 !!
I was told that it needed an EGR valve at $900 and a mass air flow sensor at $800 plus of course labour and taxes. As the van was running fine, when I took it in, I declined the repair. I barely made it home in the 'limp' mode and none of my previous temporary remedies have had any results.
I was also told that I needed front lower ball joints at $400. To me this seems unlikely at only 143000km of mostly long distance highway driving.
I have lost confidence in the dealer and do not want to be held captive at their $ 124 per hour rate.
ANY HELP OUT THERE ??
Meg

Shelburne, Canada

#23 Sep 5, 2011
Alan wrote:
Can anyone help me ?
I have a 2004 Sprinter motor home conversion with 143000 km.
At 5000 km it had a recall to replace the EGR valve. At 25000 km the fuel pressure releave valve was replaced. At 89000 km the torque converter, drive shaft and turbo charger were done under warranty. At some time last year I replaced the turbo resomater with the billet aluminium after market version, just as a precaution.
At the present 143000 km the van started to hesitate on acceleration and would not 'kick down'. Turning the ignition off and on seemed to temporarly help overcome the problem after about 5 or 6 attempts. I then disconnected the battery and after re-connecting it 'seemed' to have solved the problem. It literally flew up to the Mercedes-Benz dealer in Barrie, Ontario for a lube, oil and filter for both engine and transmission as well as an engine computer check. This cost me just under $ 800 !!
I was told that it needed an EGR valve at $900 and a mass air flow sensor at $800 plus of course labour and taxes. As the van was running fine, when I took it in, I declined the repair. I barely made it home in the 'limp' mode and none of my previous temporary remedies have had any results.
I was also told that I needed front lower ball joints at $400. To me this seems unlikely at only 143000km of mostly long distance highway driving.
I have lost confidence in the dealer and do not want to be held captive at their $ 124 per hour rate.
ANY HELP OUT THERE ??
The best Sprinter repair shop I know of is Steele in Halifax- their mechanic is a very good trouble shooter- It will be a drive for you but Nova Scotia is worth a trip anyway. He diagnosed and fixed my 04 after several shops in Iowa and Ohio failed me.
Chris

UK

#24 Feb 13, 2012
Help! 500miles from home and my 58 sprinter appears to be in limp mode but no warning lights or error codes? Will do 60 eventually, it's on 230k miles.
t broce

Girard, KS

#25 Feb 16, 2012
our company has about 20 of these pieces of crap, and as we speak are getting away from them and moving to ford pickups. electrical issues, driveline and tranny issues not to mention loss of power(dues to wheel sensors ?). total waste of money and i wouldnt dare buy a used one for more than scrap iron price. we should have listened to ups people 4 yrs ago when they told us to stay away from them.
Kurt

Woodburn, OR

#26 Feb 16, 2012
t broce wrote:
our company has about 20 of these pieces of crap, and as we speak are getting away from them and moving to ford pickups. electrical issues, driveline and tranny issues not to mention loss of power(dues to wheel sensors ?). total waste of money and i wouldnt dare buy a used one for more than scrap iron price. we should have listened to ups people 4 yrs ago when they told us to stay away from them.
I agree with you 100% nothing but one POS
Sprinter power problem

Phoenix, AZ

#27 Mar 1, 2012
Dodge-Mercedes-Sprinter power problem. Fixed.
Sprinter power problem

Phoenix, AZ

#28 Mar 1, 2012

Since: Mar 12

Sacramento, CA

#29 Mar 4, 2012
Fedexman wrote:
I've got 145K miles on my 2007 Sprinter and am having engine power loss trouble. Seems to not want to accelerate and feels like a governor is holding me back. The dealer says I've got a bad EGR valve, mass air flow sensor, and diesel swirl actuator. Due to the actuator being somewhere deep in the engine, they tell me the engine must be removed to get to it. Quite the expensive fix, and I wonder if anyone out there has had this type of problem or an idea on it?
check video it may help you.

Sprinter power problem

Anchorage, AK

#30 Mar 18, 2012
juiceman

Bedford, VA

#31 May 8, 2012
i ave an 06 5 cylinder sprinter with power loss. i changed the fuel filter 3000 miles ago (before the loss). after loss i cleaned the air filter (it was DIRTY) K&N. i bled the fuel filter (no water of dirt). it is running better now but not up to par. at first it would not go above 2300 rpm (just like when the turbo resonator broke 30,000 miles ago [replaced under warranty]). it has 95,000 miles. it will now go above 2300 rpm but when it does it has a steady pulse in the engine (steady). but still very little power.it has no warning lights.

i am in the repair process mode now and am looking for any help i can get. it is the only work vehicle i have and it has really slowed me down as i travel many many miles on the jobs.
lrmayee

Narberth, PA

#32 May 8, 2012
check the upper hose for the turbo
On my dime

Tampa, FL

#33 May 15, 2012
2006 (3500) bought new changed oil at 7,500 not 10,000 like recommended, At 106,000 started going into limp mode, after exploring around under the hood we found that the inside of the intake was covered in a thick soot, clogging the air passage. Now we have to remove intake for cleaning (10+ hours for labor)plus parts Thanks Mercedes.
If you are still under warranty, I suggest that you take off the big hose that goes to the intake then look as deep as you can into the intake, if it looks bad address it now or you may find yourself far from home when this is so clogged you can not drive over 50 mph. without sending it into limp mode.
Steve

Grand Rapids, MI

#34 Aug 30, 2012
Mark wrote:
Work with many 07 Sprinters that have this problem. Don't let them take your engine out. We are finding out that the design for 07 Sprinter models is faulted to begin with. 145,000 miles is 55,000 miles overdue for Diesel Particulate filter service. These filters sit behind the catalytic converter and it doesn't matter really what oil or how good your fuel is, they will plug up and confuse your sensors to no end....it is a mechanical problem that can't be fixed with a machine or manual regeneration. The particulate filter actually has to be removed and blow out from both ends until air can pass through it again. We ran several vans up over 200,000 miles and replaced several sensors, resonators, and two turbochargers before the Dealer decided this process should be done every 90,000 miles. My opinion: these filters are essentially a total waste of efficiency and will only anger the consumer base as more and more problems with performance arise. It's no fun getting sent into limp mode while you're going down the highway passing a semi. Sprinter has no idea how bad this design is?
....I agree with this as i too had a problem with power loss on my 2008 3.0 diesel and checked everything over and found it to be a plugged diesel particulate filter after 360,000 miles. Had it cleaned and it took care of my problem, now having it cleaned ,serviced every 75,000 miles.
Steve

Grand Rapids, MI

#35 Aug 30, 2012
I agree with Mark on this....as i too had a problem with power loss on my 2008 3.0 diesel and checked "everything" over and found it to be a plugged diesel particulate filter after 360,000 miles. Had it removed, cleand out and put back on and it completely eliminated my limp mode problem and check engine light stays off all the time now.
Having the diesel exhaust filter serviced and cleaned every 75,000 miles now .
tom

North Attleboro, MA

#36 Oct 7, 2012
my friends 2005 sprinter 2500 has been dealing with a power loss for a couple weeks now. i took it for a ride a few days ago,it dies when you sort of floor it. shut it off runs good till you go to floor it agin,dies. its poppin out a cyl 1 and cyl 5 glow plug,and a po87 which is fuel rail pressure. any inputs?????? help me
billy blue balls

Lexington, SC

#37 Oct 7, 2012
rail pressure codes are just that,fuel pressure issue,quite a few things can cause this and throwing parts at it will empty your bank acct,if any thing when was the fuel filter last changed and was it an aftermarket or factory filter?always use a factory filter aftermarket china filters are junk ive replaced more brand new poor quality filters than you can imagine.if your inclined install a fuel pressure gauge after the filter and see how much is there,50 or so psi is what you need,the in tank pump feeds the high pressure pump which in turn raises the pressure according to what the rail pressure solenoid demands...never crack an injector feed tube nut with engine running as the pressure can run up to 25000 psi and will penetrait your skin and will kill you within seconds(hearts dont like diesel fuel) its best left to professionals,spend the time and see if someone can recommend a good sprinter tech there hard to find but worth it in the long run,i live in s.c so id be no help to you,but im sure youll find one
billy

Oklahoma City, OK

#38 Oct 8, 2012
Fedexman wrote:
I've got 145K miles on my 2007 Sprinter and am having engine power loss trouble. Seems to not want to accelerate and feels like a governor is holding me back. The dealer says I've got a bad EGR valve, mass air flow sensor, and diesel swirl actuator. Due to the actuator being somewhere deep in the engine, they tell me the engine must be removed to get to it. Quite the expensive fix, and I wonder if anyone out there has had this type of problem or an idea on it?
check your dpf ,that is probably ur problem, take it off an soak it in degreaser an wash it out, or buy 1 for 4000$
ryder1

Painted Post, NY

#39 Jan 15, 2013
ABE wrote:
I HAVE A 2007 2500 SPRINTER WITH THE 170 INCH WHEEL BASE. IT HAS A GAS ENGINE AND IM EXPERIENCING POWER LOSS. THE TRUCK WILL NOT GO PASS 30 MILES AN HOUR. IT WAS RUNNING FINE THEN THIS HAPPENED.
transmission speed sensor
Graham

South Africa

#40 Mar 7, 2013
I have a 2005 Sprinter Motorhome which apart from brakes needing pumping and the turbo going into limp mode , has been a wonderful vehicle.Two recoognised Mercedes service centres have unsuccessfully tried to repair the turbo problem . I have also been told that the brakes are good in spite of having to be pumped. All normal methods of rectifying the fault like bleeding the system replacing cylinder kits, brake fluid etc. have had no affect.Any advice offered would be much appreciated. The vehicle has only 55000kms on the clock in spite of it,s age.

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