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2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 Bluetec 4Matic 3.0L - Stall No Start

Engine Stalled and Would Not Restart

The customer was driving this vehicle and the engine suddenly cut out, they had it towed to the shop. At the shop it would crank and start, but would idle at only 300 rpm. After a short time, the rpm would drop and then the engine would stall. One code for the DPF and one code "idle too low". No other fault codes. One time the engine started just fine and the vehicle ran with full power and was taken out on a road test, where it cut out again.

The air filters were clean and clear. Fuel quality, pressure, volume, and rail pressure were all correct. The exhaust backpressure, DPF differential pressure, and DPF soot loading were all normal. I advised to check the rail pressure and exhaust backpressure when stalling, and to look for a problem with the air intake system, inspect the turbo, make sure the throttle is working, etc.

The shop found the problem soon after and they were nice enough to email me a photo. An intercooler hose had an internal liner that separated and blew up like a balloon, choking the intake airflow off. Sometimes the liner flattened out again and the engine could run at full load/speed, but most likely when it developed boost, it blew the liner wide open again, causing the stall and low idle on restart.

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