Hi Guys, had a diesel "leak" repaired whilst my alternator ( 300c CrD UK Touring ) was getting replaced recently. Leak involved the right angled hose which sits on the upper offside or drivers(UK)side of the engine block just behind the oil filler cap. The garage which did the repair replaced it "economically" with a bit of "straight" hose and bent it to fit to the two metal stubs which sit at right angles to each other. Since getting the car back I found it difficult to start after it had been sitting overnight (although "hot" starts were ok). Was taking five or six prolonged turns on the key to fire up.
Decided after some deep thought to fit one of these BLUE SILICONE PIPE FUEL & OIL ELBOW 90 DEGREE 9.5mm | eBay
- which Grumpy Bob spotted - and its sorted the problem. Obviously the "bend" in the "straight" pipe was restricting the fuel flow.
The bonus was - the new "right angled" hose is supplied overly long on both legs and if you are careful when you cut it to size you get a couple of sufficiently long spare bits - one of which will also replace the adjacent similair hose which is supposed to be a 45degree bend - but this does the job very nicely.
One thing to be aware of, which I recall someone else mentioned in another thread, is the lower of the two stubs involved here is a slightly larger size ( nice one Chrysler!! ). The original "Chrysler" hose is marked 10mm x 11mm but the new "blue" hose with a quick immersion in boiling water for that end slips on ok. The hose clamp for that end then needs to be the next size up (15 - 20???) to suit also. Getting the hoses off and on was made easier by loosening off two of the star drive bolts holding the securing brackets for the metal fuel pipes - one between the cylinder banks and the other below the oil filler cap. Taking care in how you align the hose clamps when you refit them will ensure you have access afterwards for tweaking them up once the star drive bolts are replaced. Nick