Noise and/or Smoke From Drive Belt Area on Mercedes-Benz 300TE 4MATIC

The emissions air injection pump can seize, causing a loud squealing noise followed by smoke from the drive belt. If the engine is not turned off, the belt will break, turning on the alternator/battery warning light.

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Average mileage: 157,500 (143,000–172,000)
4 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993
6 people reported this problem
2 people shared problem details
Rattling noise from the hood, Midas diagnosed it and told me to replace the air injection pump. The quoted me $800 for parts (after market) and $300 for labor whereas, online the aip is being sold for $200.00
same deal lots of noises of period of months including grinding squealing belt noise bearing sounds etc Then seize and big squeal followed by smoke I am looking into pulling pump and using shorter belt New oem 1800 for pump remanufactured are five hundred...makes no sense for 20 yr old in IL where exempt from emissions. It only works on start for about a minute! Jim

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