This car is a beautiful, luxurious beast. Its owner loves to drive it fast. The valve stem seals were a good 1 to 2 mm off the stems, producing an incredible quantity of smoke out of the tail pipes.
The engine in this car was originally designed for the C-Coupe from the early 2000s. That was a port-injected, naturally aspirated affair. Now they’ve bolted on a vacuum pump to one cam, a high pressure fuel pump to the other cam, beefed up the timing chain to more than twice its original strength, and put a turbo on it.
What do you do when you’re removing a glow plug in your Sprinter and the darn thing breaks off because it’s seized in the cylinder head? This happens as often as it doesn’t.
Here’s something you really don’t see every day. A fragment of steel from the flex plate flew off while the engine was running, and tore into the crankshaft position sensor.
The intake manifold had to be removed from this engine for repair.
The “tumble flap” intake control rods are made of plastic and commonly break after a while. Nothing unusual there.
Here’s something you don’t see everyday.
This charming behemoth was originally fitted as a mobile communications vehicle. This example is complete with workshop manual written in German, French and Italian, so perhaps for the Swiss market.
If you’re getting the occasional engine misfire and no one can figure it out, maybe it’s your engine mounts.
This Sprinter will have step-assist running boards that automatically extend and retract when doors are opened or closed.
After pressing in threaded bolt inserts, the steps are installed to the under-frame. Wiring must be run from the step motors up into the cabin interior, then through pillars and doors.
This process normally takes a full day, but this 2019 Sprinter required a day and a half because we had to fabricate custom brackets to allow for the extensive climate control that came from the factory.
Repair or replace? We make informed, cost-conscious recommendations.
While many repair shops are quick to recommend immediate replacement when something goes awry, here at German Formula, we prefer to take a full investigative approach. . . .