I bought my first project car dirt cheap it's a Daewoo (Ssangyong) Musso Diesel SUV which has one of the most reliable engines, the Mercedes OM602

This car is starting fine but the Engine is shaking heavily


The previous owner (horse farmer) stated it worked fine until one day when he was driving it, the engine started shaking in lower RPMs and since he basically put it right up on craigslist without doing any diagnostics. He also gave me a second (identical) engine and transmission of a second Musso he guttet.

He thinks the fuel intake or valves are shut.

So I disconnected the fuel lines one by one and took a video each. My idea was that if the engine runs worse on one line, it must have been a good valve/injection. But the opposite happened: While disconnecting fuel injection line #5, the engine ran a bit smoother but not by much.

Videos with sound be found here:

Each fuel intake disconnected

Theory 1

It's the 5th cylinder or valve that causes the heavy shaking and I should change it and it might work again.

Engine But the engine looks very good, is well oiled and doesn I can't see any top damage on the valves

Theory 2

There's air in the fuel lines.

I noticed this while the engine was running. There is a massive amount of small air bubbles in the fuel line since before the intake pump and right up to the fuel filter. The following video is a slow motion shot of the see-through fuel lines.

Fuel lines with air

Could this cause the engine to shake so heavily?

What else can I try to fix this?

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First off don't disconnect the fuel lines on a diesel while the engine is running and don't disconnect them and then run the engine either. The system runs under high pressure and it can inject into you and potentially kill you if left untreated, at the very least you will lose a limb.

The best way to get information on this case would be to plug in a scan tool and read live data from the ECM/PCM.

Reading data on your fuel pressure, MAF readings, EGR etc, also checking for any codes that might be stored.

There's a whole range of things that can cause that it could be as simple as a restricted air flow or it could be something completely different like faulty injectors.

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