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Re: What did you do to your benz today?

Post by edenning » Wed 10 Sep, 2014 8:16 am

Got the new transmission oil cooler hose fitted, the old one had started weeping. Now no little patches of oil on the garage floor after a drive. Looks like there were no issues with cross threading or stripping of the thread.
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What did you do to your benz today?

Post by ansteadeh » Thu 11 Sep, 2014 8:00 am

Tuned and balanced the twin zeniths. Fortunately these carbs haven't been tampered with too much in the past and responded well to adjustment.
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Post by edenning » Fri 12 Sep, 2014 9:48 pm

Had the new drag link fitted today, along with the new fuel hoses and clamps. The drag link connects to the idler arm on the drivers side and to the left tie rod, with a central attachment to the steering dampener. No wheel alignment was required as the toe in was still within spec. This has tightened up the steering with less play at the steering wheel, especially noted on the highway, travelling at 100 k's is much more pleasureable now! The steering coupling was fine, showing no wear, which would have been a bigger job to replace.
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Re: What did you do to your benz today?

Post by vanir » Sun 14 Sep, 2014 12:42 pm

Pulled apart the climate unit and refitted everthing. No more hot air out the vents, functions all working good now. Something was apparently just loose, I didn't actually replace anything. And here I was expecting the heater core and head unit to both be toast. Very relieved.
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Post by Giles » Sun 14 Sep, 2014 1:18 pm

Gave Indigo a wash as a prospective buyer wanted some high res photos.
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Post by SuprHasan » Mon 15 Sep, 2014 5:04 pm

Bought some front sway bar bushes for the 16v from eBay.de. Had to use a freight forwarder (www.mailboxde.com) since the seller didn't post internationally.
Couldn't get them anywhere as the original part is NLA and the replacement is the wrong size! Was going to get custom PU made locally but decided to try these first.
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Re: What did you do to your benz today?

Post by hands_aus » Tue 16 Sep, 2014 11:23 am

Last week had the MFI pump on my Pagoda rebuilt.
Doing some driving after having the fuel air mix set up correctly.
Hoping for a huge improvement in the cars economy.
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Re: What did you do to your benz today?

Post by TheMadRacoon » Tue 16 Sep, 2014 8:36 pm

Or what did she do to me? Fueled up, reset the trip meter (at standstill) and went to visit a client about 130km away. On the way back I glanced at the trip meter: 199km. OK. Look down again, no change, and the odometer has stopped. Tried resetting and trip ticked to 900m, and the odo clicked over 1km.... and that's it. Grrr.

Some thread searching to do.
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Post by starman61 » Fri 19 Sep, 2014 9:31 pm

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Post by SBW108 » Fri 19 Sep, 2014 9:45 pm

Started on the repairs to the 114, removed inlet manifold and injectors to replace the inlet gasket and injector seals hopefully to resolve the vacuum leak. Removing radiator and front of engine accessories to fix leaking crank seal tomorrow
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Post by John Green » Sat 20 Sep, 2014 4:45 pm

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Post by V8Finny » Sat 20 Sep, 2014 5:42 pm

I drove the snot out of the red 6.3 at the Melbourne cruise, and she loved it! - 65L 98 octane in 181 kms. :dance: :cya:
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Post by markb » Mon 22 Sep, 2014 12:30 pm

Gave it a 600 klm blast up the Hume Hwy and back over the weekend.....was almost 1/2 way to CBR to go to the German Autofest, but would've been in trouble if I had of snuck out for milk and come back 1.5 days later !! :naughty:
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Post by MR300TD » Mon 22 Sep, 2014 6:54 pm

Repaired the central locking on my w123, turned out to be the very last actuator that i tested... :Doh:
handy tip, while checking actuators be sure to condition rubbers as you go along, i use this stuff. http://shop.avidarv.com.au/wurth-rubber-care

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Re: What did you do to your benz today?

Post by edenning » Wed 24 Sep, 2014 9:00 pm

The electric auxillary air fan was not rotating by hand as easy as it should, and not switching on at 100 deg C. So did some investigating. Took the fan out of the car, which required removing number plate and small grill under the bumper bar.
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Took the grill off the fan (held on by three plastic lugs).
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Then flattened lug washer and undid left hand threaded nut to remove plastic cover. Exposing the bearing assembly. Which was lubed, with a little spray lube.
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This is the electrical connector inside engine compartment, which shows it separated from the fan wiring connector.attachment=0]image.jpg[/attachment]
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Reinstalled fan and earthed the temperature sensor to get the fan running. Pulling the connector off the terminal took some effort, it probably had not been off in years. No terrible noises from the fan, but the fuse blew after the first run. Replaced the fuse with a bigger amperage, and tested the fan several times with no problems, could hear the relay clicking in and out each time.
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Putting the lead back on the sensor switch and getting the car up to 110 deg C , the fan still did not come on, so it looks like I need a new temperature sensor switch. Next time I would drill out the pop rivets covering the bearing and clean the bearing thoroughly or replace the bearing with a sealed one. Probably made extra work for myself this time round, but it is all a learning experience.
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Re: What did you do to your benz today?

Post by TheMadRacoon » Fri 26 Sep, 2014 8:49 pm

Due to changed circumstances the SLC is now being used 5-days/wk, mostly urban use. Not what I foresaw when I got it as my work involved country runs for which the SLC is well suited.

Now thinking more seriously about something more suited to the urban environment, but now my preference is leaning towards a W202 or W124, ie something with 4 doors, and lighter (too many traffic lights to deal with).

Still, nice to spend more time in the w107.
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1988 190E Deep Blue (900) / Cream (2006, 190,000 km - 2007, ~ 215,000 km .... FSH and still spent big $$$)
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Re: What did you do to your benz today?

Post by Ivanerrol » Fri 26 Sep, 2014 11:08 pm

TheMadRacoon wrote:Due to changed circumstances the SLC is now being used 5-days/wk, mostly urban use. Not what I foresaw when I got it as my work involved country runs for which the SLC is well suited.

Now thinking more seriously about something more suited to the urban environment, but now my preference is leaning towards a W202 or W124, ie something with 4 doors, and lighter (too many traffic lights to deal with). Still, nice to spend more time in the w107.
I.M.H.O. Also A bias alert.

Older W124's suffer from 2nd gear start. To alleviate this shortcoming - to get going smartly you need to put your foot down with a consequential increase in fuel bills.
W124's from '93 onwards as well as the pre '97 W202's suffer from suspect biodegradable wiring. (Unless you can find one where the engine wiring loom has been replaced or you know how to repair this yourself).
This leaves you with a post '97 upgrade model W202.

W202's are nippy and light to drive around town as well as frugal. A W202 C240 would be a great little beastie.
I'm biased because I.M.H.O. my W202 is great around town.
W201's with the 2.6 are great around town but unfortunately nowhere near as frugal as the W202's.

W107's will reach their point where enough of the rough models will be off the road, the remaining will increase in value substantially. This is already starting happening abroad.
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Re: What did you do to your benz today?

Post by Greg in Oz » Fri 26 Sep, 2014 11:12 pm

Greg in Oz wrote:Oldest son (now on P-plates) had a good go at killing the M102 in the blue-black 190E 2.3 (the youngest and lowest mileage car in our fleet). He phones me early tonight and says steam came from under the bonnet. I asked what the temperature gauge showed and he replied that he didn't notice. He did comment that the coolant light had been on for a few days. Good one son! :banghead: :angry5:

I told him to leave the car where it was (not far from home) and walk home. I went to the car after dinner and it needed 4 litres to bring it back to the correct level. Amazingly, it started up fine and isn't showing any symptoms of being overheated. Just the same, I won't be too surprised if it suffers a head gasket failure in the near future. I also informed him that if it does suffer any mechanical failure as a result of this, he can pay for it! If he is too slack to maintain the car we provide for his use, he can learn the hard way with some hip pocket pain.

What has me puzzled is where the coolant is going. For the whole time we have owned this car (it was the cheapy I bought on eBay a few years ago) it has needed coolant top ups. There aren't any obvious external leaks, certainly not consistent with the amount it needs topping up. I have addressed a few minor leaks and the only very slight one I can still see it where one of the heater pipes joins the heater core. Coolant never appears under the car although on occasions I have noticed the odour of coolant when the heater is first used. Perhaps the heater core is leaking but strangely nothing ever appears to suggest this. The only other possibility could be a leaking head gasket but again there aren't any symptoms or signs. There isn't oil in the coolant (a common sign of head gasket failure on an M102 or M103), coolant in the oil, or evidence of combustion gasses escaping via the cooling system or coolant from the exhaust. The engine runs fine so this is a bit of a mystery.
Since that episode the car has been running fine (just as before) but still using coolant. Tonight, son phones me and says it is showing zero oil pressure at idle but it rises to 3 bar above idle. He said it seems fine otherwise. I told him to drive it straight home but to park it if the oil pressure drops whilst driving. When he arrived home it was a bit hot (even though coolant level was OK) but still running fine. The oil pressure definitely shows zero at idle although I am unsure if that is in fact true or if the gauge or sender is faulty. There aren't any other signs of low oil pressure such as timing chain rattle. Still no other signs of head gasket failure such as oil and coolant cross contamination. Anyway, time to park it now until I can investigate it further. Son will have to walk or use public transport. Pleased now that I gave him a cheap eBay car to use rather than my 190E Sportline or the 300TE.
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Re: What did you do to your benz today?

Post by vanir » Sun 28 Sep, 2014 9:36 am

Greg in Oz wrote:Since that episode the car has been running fine (just as before) but still using coolant. Tonight, son phones me and says it is showing zero oil pressure at idle but it rises to 3 bar above idle. He said it seems fine otherwise. I told him to drive it straight home but to park it if the oil pressure drops whilst driving. When he arrived home it was a bit hot (even though coolant level was OK) but still running fine. The oil pressure definitely shows zero at idle although I am unsure if that is in fact true or if the gauge or sender is faulty. There aren't any other signs of low oil pressure such as timing chain rattle. Still no other signs of head gasket failure such as oil and coolant cross contamination. Anyway, time to park it now until I can investigate it further. Son will have to walk or use public transport. Pleased now that I gave him a cheap eBay car to use rather than my 190E Sportline or the 300TE.
My guess would be sender, they do occasionally need replacing. You'd positively hear the lifters aren't pumping up with no oil pressure at idle, I've heard this before on an M103 with a failed oil pump and it sounds like elves under the bonnet banging small hammers on a tin cup.
TheMadRacoon wrote:Or what did she do to me? Fueled up, reset the trip meter (at standstill) and went to visit a client about 130km away. On the way back I glanced at the trip meter: 199km. OK. Look down again, no change, and the odometer has stopped. Tried resetting and trip ticked to 900m, and the odo clicked over 1km.... and that's it. Grrr.
A plastic gear on the odometer sometimes falls off a bit to the side, pin wear or something, so it doesn't engage properly. Just a matter of opening it up and reaffixing it into place, possibly replacing the pin. I've seen a walk through in pictures somewhere around before, could've been at 190rev or Benzworld.

It's on my to-do list, odometer hasn't been working on mine for a while. Just haven't gotten around to it yet with all these other little jobs to do.
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Re: What did you do to your benz today?

Post by Giles » Sun 28 Sep, 2014 10:27 am

Putting the final touches to the radiator section. Mounted the fogs securely along with the twin horns. Done some more research on electric fans. Going with a pull arrangement to replace the clutch fan plus one at the front as a back up and auxiliary if required. Still not decided on radiator type as yet.
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Post by AMG » Tue 30 Sep, 2014 9:10 pm

Drove Stella today with the roof down
Then roof up
Then roof down again (midday sun passed)
Now I remember why I love the SL
-and- I remember something else that is a little less poetic: Car envy.
I can't believe I never noticed it was actually this bad before, but SO many people just stop in their tracks and stare and / or rudely point at a red R107 that it's almost not funny

Perhaps there is nothing else to ogle and They need to find something else more interesting

I haven't tired of it yet ( the roof down)- and the ogling holiday makers, well I just keep smiling... But it's starting to wear a little thin I must admit.
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Re: What did you do to your benz today?

Post by sf0999 » Mon 06 Oct, 2014 1:33 pm

Not today, but just 2 days ago, we took the W126 for a motorkhana at the Sydney Motorsport Park skid pan. I would have preferred to take the Finnie, but my son was having his first drive (not quite old enough for a learners permit) so the auto was preferred to the column shift manual.

Not surprisingly we did not set any records, and I can safely say that a W126 is a long way from the top of the "preferred cars for a motorkhana" list. However a lot of fun was had by all. I am the first driver in each of the 2 tests in the video.

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Re: What did you do to your benz today?

Post by AMG » Tue 07 Oct, 2014 11:31 am

Actually spent a couple of days working on the 107 - in between short driving stints.
first up was engine oil flush and change
then power steering
then coolant - citric flush and change
THEN, a 'de-carbon' of the IAC, inlet manifold, upper cylinders.
replaced both temp senders & thermovalve (part of a routine service I had planned on the CIS-E), subsequently found that a vacuum line had already recently disconnected itself - and of course it HAD to be the one buried a mile deep in the valley on the side of the TB... what fun that was - ugh. If it wasn't for my extra extra long 45º pointed nose pliers I'd never have got that hose back on without removing the fuel divider... phew!
Also discovered that another vacuum line which was present only a few weeks ago had now suddenly vanished - completely. Luckily it was only the FPR to PCV line on the rear of the engine, but I'm still wondering where the original piece of line ended up and more importantly the why and how it actually vanished in the first place.

All in a day's work...
Then I decided to pull out the buffing wheel and attend to some oxidation - but only got as far as the bonnet, and I am still not really happy, but it is much better than before. Guess I shouldn't complain - it's original paint and the car is 27 years old... But now I have to do the rest of the car.....
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1987 560SL 4sp. auto Signalrot "Stella"
1987 190E 2.3-16 5sp. man. Blauschwarz "Hermann"
1992 300CE-24 6sp. man. Perlblau / Iceblau "Gretel"
1992 Range Rover Classic 4sp auto Ardennes Green "Oswald"
2012 E63 AMG Speedshift MCT Diamantweiß "Klaus"
Previous:
1986 560SEL Anthracitgrau "Schultz" - In Mercedes Heaven
1987 190E 2.6 4sp. auto Signalrot "Sabine" - which now resides/owns Andrew M's Garage
1972 350SLC Astralsilber "Lurch" - now in the loving care of Craig B
1989 2.5-16 Blauschwarz 4sp. auto (parted) formerly owned by Derek/Hasan.
2012 Renault Sport Megane RS265 Trophy 8:08 6 sp. man. Liquid Yellow "Jean Rédélé"

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Re: What did you do to your benz today?

Post by Greg in Oz » Tue 07 Oct, 2014 11:47 pm

Greg in Oz wrote:
Greg in Oz wrote:Oldest son (now on P-plates) had a good go at killing the M102 in the blue-black 190E 2.3 (the youngest and lowest mileage car in our fleet). He phones me early tonight and says steam came from under the bonnet. I asked what the temperature gauge showed and he replied that he didn't notice. He did comment that the coolant light had been on for a few days. Good one son! :banghead: :angry5:

I told him to leave the car where it was (not far from home) and walk home. I went to the car after dinner and it needed 4 litres to bring it back to the correct level. Amazingly, it started up fine and isn't showing any symptoms of being overheated. Just the same, I won't be too surprised if it suffers a head gasket failure in the near future. I also informed him that if it does suffer any mechanical failure as a result of this, he can pay for it! If he is too slack to maintain the car we provide for his use, he can learn the hard way with some hip pocket pain.

What has me puzzled is where the coolant is going. For the whole time we have owned this car (it was the cheapy I bought on eBay a few years ago) it has needed coolant top ups. There aren't any obvious external leaks, certainly not consistent with the amount it needs topping up. I have addressed a few minor leaks and the only very slight one I can still see it where one of the heater pipes joins the heater core. Coolant never appears under the car although on occasions I have noticed the odour of coolant when the heater is first used. Perhaps the heater core is leaking but strangely nothing ever appears to suggest this. The only other possibility could be a leaking head gasket but again there aren't any symptoms or signs. There isn't oil in the coolant (a common sign of head gasket failure on an M102 or M103), coolant in the oil, or evidence of combustion gasses escaping via the cooling system or coolant from the exhaust. The engine runs fine so this is a bit of a mystery.
Since that episode the car has been running fine (just as before) but still using coolant. Tonight, son phones me and says it is showing zero oil pressure at idle but it rises to 3 bar above idle. He said it seems fine otherwise. I told him to drive it straight home but to park it if the oil pressure drops whilst driving. When he arrived home it was a bit hot (even though coolant level was OK) but still running fine. The oil pressure definitely shows zero at idle although I am unsure if that is in fact true or if the gauge or sender is faulty. There aren't any other signs of low oil pressure such as timing chain rattle. Still no other signs of head gasket failure such as oil and coolant cross contamination. Anyway, time to park it now until I can investigate it further. Son will have to walk or use public transport. Pleased now that I gave him a cheap eBay car to use rather than my 190E Sportline or the 300TE.
I have only just had a chance to investigate the problem with the auto 190E 2.3 as we have been away in Queensland in the 300TE (which I might add performed faultlessly returning just over 9l/100km overall for the entire journey with luggage and 4 on board and aircon used for most of the journey).

Yesterday, the 190E's coolant leak revealed itself. With the car having sat for over a week, there was now a very obvious and regular drip from the radiator (between core and one side tank). Just to be sure there wasn't any other issue such as the head gasket, I removed the spark plugs. They all appeared perfectly normal and would not cause any suspicion as to the engine's condition. I used a borescope camera to also verify that there wasn't any coolant inside the cylinders and that the bores and piston crowns looked perfectly normal and in good condition. Spark plugs went back in and I topped up the cooling system. The engine started instantly and oil pressure was fine so I allowed the engine to heat up to normal temperature. Interestingly, the coolant leak ceased once everything began to warm up. The temperature settled as expected at around 85 to 90 degrees and the oil pressure eventually settled around 1.5 bar at a hot idle rising against the pin at 3 bar above idle. I could not fault the way it was running or driving.

My son mentioned the tachometer had stopped working intermittently lately so I am wondering if this may be related to the oil pressure gauge reading zero at idle before we went away. I re-seated all the fuses in case there was intermittent contact and so far everything has been fine. Obviously I will deal with the leaking radiator and hopefully that will be the problem solved.
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Post by Tony From West Oz » Wed 08 Oct, 2014 12:42 am

Over the weekend, I replaced the ball joints on the front suspension and the engine mounts on my C250D.
Boy is it difficult to remove the drivers side engine mount. I did it all from under the car, but very difficult to get enough turn on the bolt to allow the ring spanner to be placed on the bolt head for another turn. I ended up using 2 spanners with different offsets :banghead: until the bolt was loose enough to turn by hand - then repeat when the new one is in.
I had to jack the engine up a fair way for the drivers side engine mount to clear the turbo oil drain at the sump end so it could be removed and the new one inserted. At least I didn't need to take the manifold off.

Next jobs:
= Replace serpentine belt shock absorber. - Why didn't MB design this so it could be replaced without removing the fan and water pump drive pulley? I had a quick look at it and I couldn't remove the fan shroud, or even move it far enough to allow me to get an allen key in there. It looks like I need to remove the radiator to do this job.
Does anyone have any tips to help with this job on the OM605 engine?
As a temporary fix, I put some adhesive into the gap between the shock absorber top steel housing and rubber(?) bush, where they part company. Left it 24 hours to cure and it seems to be working well. I will check it tomorrow after a bit of a drive.

= I think I need to replace the tie rod end on one side too (I hear a "clunk" when turning the steering on a hard surface when stationary). I will check for play tomorrow.

= Install the new "Rapeseed oil compatible" fuel sender (includes return line venturi to take fuel from passenger side to drivers side of "saddle bag" fuel tank).

I think that will keep me busy between other jobs I have planned for the rest of the week.

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Post by McGavin » Wed 08 Oct, 2014 5:25 am

After a lot of reading and resisting the temptation to just blurt out my questions, I dealt with the 1200 rpm idle on my SEC. Started with pulling plug on ICV , no change ,checked fuse on relay on firewall, so pulled soaked and cleaned, tested with 9volts snaps open and shut all good,rpm no change, unless you unplug it now the idle goes higher.
Vacuum on the economy meter sat 5mm from left, so plugged at distribution point on false firewall one by one till found culprit, economy meter pegged to left, idle no change.
Poked and prodded air meter plate, no idea but seems to spring and seat/seal.
Next step throttle linkages, lubed and tweeked...... Problem solved , sweeps to 2000rpm at start, count to 3 drops to 650rpm , there it happily sits hot or cold, 700rpm when air kicks in, drops 50 when put in gear.
Now to find the vacuum leak.
Maybe next week, ended up washed polished, sneaky spin up the road, back in shed.

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Post by Giles » Fri 10 Oct, 2014 11:23 pm

Getting closer to finishing off the rear end rebuild. Custom braided brake lines to come.
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Next jobs:
= Replace serpentine belt shock absorber. - Why didn't MB design this so it could be replaced without removing the fan and water pump drive pulley? I had a quick look at it and I couldn't remove the fan shroud, or even move it far enough to allow me to get an allen key in there. It looks like I need to remove the radiator to do this job.
Does anyone have any tips to help with this job on the OM605 engine?
As a temporary fix, I put some adhesive into the gap between the shock absorber top steel housing and rubber(?) bush, where they part company. Left it 24 hours to cure and it seems to be working well. I will check it tomorrow after a bit of a drive.

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OK, after a few hundred km since using the glue, it is still holding well. No noise and no movement in the bush. The glue is a Tarzan's Grip product which activates with moisture in the air. I think that it is a polyurethane(?) type adhesive.
I applied it to both sides of the gap where the bush meets the steel housing. I rotated the bush to try to get it into the gap. The glue dries pale yellow and has small bubbles at the surface.
I will report back if it fails.

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Post by TheMadRacoon » Sat 11 Oct, 2014 9:32 pm

Greg in Oz wrote:
TheMadRacoon wrote: Probably time I inspect the spark plugs for evidence of water. I also have a borescope camera so I should remove the plugs for a look after the car has sat overnight. Another idea could be to release pressure from the cooling system immediately after driving the car to see if that makes the next cold start any easier. If so, that would point to coolant being forced into a combustion chamber whilst sitting. My prior experiences with failed head gaskets on M102 and M103 engines have always been with oil in the coolant and/or oil escaping at the rear of the head. Coolant in a chamber would be a new one for me so I'm pleased you mentioned that as something you experienced with yours.
Hi Greg, the other topic on m102 engine temperature cycling prompted me to ask if you'd found anything.
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Post by Greg in Oz » Sat 11 Oct, 2014 10:27 pm

TheMadRacoon wrote:
Greg in Oz wrote:
TheMadRacoon wrote: Probably time I inspect the spark plugs for evidence of water. I also have a borescope camera so I should remove the plugs for a look after the car has sat overnight. Another idea could be to release pressure from the cooling system immediately after driving the car to see if that makes the next cold start any easier. If so, that would point to coolant being forced into a combustion chamber whilst sitting. My prior experiences with failed head gaskets on M102 and M103 engines have always been with oil in the coolant and/or oil escaping at the rear of the head. Coolant in a chamber would be a new one for me so I'm pleased you mentioned that as something you experienced with yours.
Hi Greg, the other topic on m102 engine temperature cycling prompted me to ask if you'd found anything.
My experience with failed head gaskets on M102 and M103 engines has always been oil in the coolant and external oil leaks from the gasket. I have never had any other symptoms such as coolant in the oil, external coolant leaks, coolant in combustion chambers or obvious loss of compression (ie. combustion leak). Hopefully the coolant loss in this instance is not a head gasket following my recent findings (an intermittent radiator leak) posted at viewtopic.php?f=25&t=17082&start=550#p143275
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Post by Greg in Oz » Sun 12 Oct, 2014 10:52 pm

Drove the 300TE to Canberra and back with eldest son as a passenger and box trailer in tow. Visited one of the younger MB enthusiasts who is a member of the OZBENZ Facebook group (who I met for the first time at the German Autofest a few weeks ago). He is getting rid of a 190E parts car and had some parts that I considered useful. I ended up with a full box trailer load! He asked why I didn't just bring a car trailer and take the whole car. I explained that I can get away with bringing parts home but if I brought another car home (especially a parts car) SWMBO would tell me I can sleep in it!

Amazing what a small world it is too. This young guy is about the same age as my eldest son and in conversation we realised that he is a friend of my brother's son in Canberra (ie. my nephew and my son's cousin). Their friendship is a result of their mutual interest in cars.

The 300TE which drove to Queensland and back just the the week before last (averaging just over 9 l/100km with 4 passengers, luggage and aircon running) did the trip to Canberra and back with two of us and tools on board, aircon running and towing the trailer (empty one way and loaded the other) using only 11 l/100km. This 24 year old wagon still impresses me, even after having owned it for 16 years.
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Post by Hendrik » Mon 13 Oct, 2014 5:34 pm

Greg in Oz wrote: The 300TE which drove to Queensland and back just the the week before last (averaging just over 9 l/100km with 4 passengers, luggage and aircon running.
Our 300TE averaged 10L/100kmh recently on an interstate trip, so yours must be in bit better tune.

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Post by Greg in Oz » Mon 13 Oct, 2014 6:15 pm

Hendrik wrote:
Greg in Oz wrote: The 300TE which drove to Queensland and back just the the week before last (averaging just over 9 l/100km with 4 passengers, luggage and aircon running.
Our 300TE averaged 10L/100kmh recently on an interstate trip, so yours must be in bit better tune.
Ours also normally returns around 10 l/100km on an interstate trip with family and luggage on board however that would be travelling between Sydney and Brisbane using Thunderbolts Way and the New England Highway which is more hilly and twisty. Thunderbolts Way is a much more entertaining driver's road than the major highways. On this recent trip I opted for the straight, flat and boring Pacific Highway. The advantage of the Pacific Highway is that it is largely dual carriageway and now offers the shortest travel time with the cruise control set at 110 for much of the journey.

Another possible advantage I have in our 300TE is that I have replaced the R16 EZL ignition module programming resistor with the value that gives the greatest amount of ignition advance (which for Oz delivered versions is not with the resistor removed as stated for the US versions on American MB forums). This mod requires the use of minimum 95RON fuel (98RON preferred) rather than 91-92RON as originally required for Oz spec at the time when the 300TE was new. This mod gives some improvement to mid range torque which I expect would slightly improve fuel economy.
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Post by vanir » Mon 13 Oct, 2014 7:59 pm

Greg have you checked out Hexadeca's CIS-E writeup at 190rev?
He maps the various R16/ref settings and posts them and establishes without question that different resistor values does not advance spark. It is not like turning an old points distributor.

What is happening, shown by his posted test results, is that a number of spark maps are stored in the factory ECU. Different reference resistance causes the EZL to call a different spark map. The difference between them isn't a static advance change, each is a completely different spark curve shape, variously more and less advance at different points through the range. Each designed for optimum performance using different fuel grades. Tomato tomato you say?
Here's the problem. Export versions are unlikely to have more than 1-3 maps, not the full 8 or so that the Euro ECU with adjustable EZL has. Hexa mentioned that he saw no reason why MB would bother programming the full range of spark maps into the export ECU when only 3 different R16/1 ref resistors are available specific to export location. What he suggested is the most likely result of swapping the R16/1 on an export car from its original specification, is that the ECU "runs home to daddy" and just goes to the default static test map, possibly disabling certain CIS-E functions.
Under factory specification, Australian ECU/EZL use 0ohms (89RON) or ~250ohms (91RON) and probably only have those two maps available in the ECU. American and Japanese deliveries have ~750ohms (95-96RON) and probably only have that spark map installed.
So bridging the Aust. delivery R16/1 might have an effect, reducing to the minimum octane map. But swapping it for another spec, eg. ~750ohms may just either flip it to default test mode or have no effect from the ~250ohms, whilst removing it would almost certainly put the system into static test mode; ie. if you already have the ~250ohms (91RON) R16/1 then any change is likely to have either no effect or a detrimental effect.
Where in the American/Japanese delivery, bridging or removing the R16/1 or swapping it out for any other specification is most likely to have a detrimental effect.
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Post by Ivanerrol » Tue 14 Oct, 2014 12:24 am

Here's an image of an EZL from a Euro model 190e 2.6 with adjustable octane switch
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Here's an EZL image from a Japanese import W124 260e with the 98octane 750 ohm resistor
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The Euro EZL is marked : 005 545 84 32

The Japanese EZL is marked : 008 545 64 32

Anybody with either of any Aussie version of those cars have the same EZL?

The EZL's were made by different manufacturers. Not all were Bosch.
My service book notes that if you are in a location were the local fuel was not up to the specification set for the region a visit to the local stealership was required to alter the R16 resistor value.
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Post by Greg in Oz » Tue 14 Oct, 2014 12:36 am

vanir wrote:Greg have you checked out Hexadeca's CIS-E writeup at 190rev?
He maps the various R16/ref settings and posts them and establishes without question that different resistor values does not advance spark. It is not like turning an old points distributor.

What is happening, shown by his posted test results, is that a number of spark maps are stored in the factory ECU. Different reference resistance causes the EZL to call a different spark map. The difference between them isn't a static advance change, each is a completely different spark curve shape, variously more and less advance at different points through the range. Each designed for optimum performance using different fuel grades. Tomato tomato you say?
Here's the problem. Export versions are unlikely to have more than 1-3 maps, not the full 8 or so that the Euro ECU with adjustable EZL has. Hexa mentioned that he saw no reason why MB would bother programming the full range of spark maps into the export ECU when only 3 different R16/1 ref resistors are available specific to export location. What he suggested is the most likely result of swapping the R16/1 on an export car from its original specification, is that the ECU "runs home to daddy" and just goes to the default static test map, possibly disabling certain CIS-E functions.
Under factory specification, Australian ECU/EZL use 0ohms (89RON) or ~250ohms (91RON) and probably only have those two maps available in the ECU. American and Japanese deliveries have ~750ohms (95-96RON) and probably only have that spark map installed.
So bridging the Aust. delivery R16/1 might have an effect, reducing to the minimum octane map. But swapping it for another spec, eg. ~750ohms may just either flip it to default test mode or have no effect from the ~250ohms, whilst removing it would almost certainly put the system into static test mode; ie. if you already have the ~250ohms (91RON) R16/1 then any change is likely to have either no effect or a detrimental effect.
Where in the American/Japanese delivery, bridging or removing the R16/1 or swapping it out for any other specification is most likely to have a detrimental effect.
I was worried my earlier mention of R16 would open a can of worms. Yes, I am well aware of what R16 does and how it works for cars delivered to different markets. For this reason I did my own testing on my cars of the effect of trying every value for R16 (as per the factory workshop manuals). In this way I was able to arrive at the best values for R16 for my cars (which were different for each car and different to the results obtained by others for cars delivered in other markets). I won't post any more here as it's not appropriate in this thread but go and have a read of my (now very old) posts at:
http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/tec ... -read.html
http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/per ... grade.html
http://www.benzworld.org/forums/forums/ ... tid=242608
http://www.benzworld.org/forums/forums/ ... tid=555023
http://forums.mbworld.org/forums/showthread.php?t=42712
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Tony From West Oz wrote: snip
Next jobs:
= Replace serpentine belt shock absorber. - Why didn't MB design this so it could be replaced without removing the fan and water pump drive pulley? I had a quick look at it and I couldn't remove the fan shroud, or even move it far enough to allow me to get an allen key in there. It looks like I need to remove the radiator to do this job.
Does anyone have any tips to help with this job on the OM605 engine?
As a temporary fix, I put some adhesive into the gap between the shock absorber top steel housing and rubber(?) bush, where they part company. Left it 24 hours to cure and it seems to be working well. I will check it tomorrow after a bit of a drive.

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Tony
OK, after a few hundred km since using the glue, it is still holding well. No noise and no movement in the bush. The glue is a Tarzan's Grip product which activates with moisture in the air. I think that it is a polyurethane(?) type adhesive.
I applied it to both sides of the gap where the bush meets the steel housing. I rotated the bush to try to get it into the gap. The glue dries pale yellow and has small bubbles at the surface.
I will report back if it fails.

Tony
Over a week of use and the Serpentine belt shock absorber is holding well with the Tarzan's Grip adhesive.
The adhesive is Tarzan's Grip MEGA BOND. The label states: "Contains Isocyanates >60%"
Requires moisture to cure.
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Re: What did you do to your benz today?

Post by markb » Sun 19 Oct, 2014 2:27 pm

Removed my rego. sticker, having just renewed the yearly fee...... Sounds pretty boring but we now no longer use stickers in Victoria, and it felt like a weird thing taking it off for good.

This poses a couple of annoying things for car buffs walking along the street:

1. You spot an usual car without badges, you can no longer check what make it is via it's rego sticker
2. You'll not be able to know the year of the car or year 1st registered.

And then there is no longer the easiest and quickest way to quote your VIN or Engine number if asked when ordering parts, but then this info. is now removed from public display, which may not be such a bad thing....:think:
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1971 W108 280SE 3.5 White (1999-2006 Unmolested original & sadly missed)
1987 S124 230TE Diamond Blue (2002-2007 Family cruiser)
1983 W126 280SE Champagne 106k Klms (Custodian in 2013)
1969 W113 280SL Champagne (Custodian in 2000)
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Post by Giles » Sun 19 Oct, 2014 11:28 pm

This weekends work on the Rally Coupe consisted of torquing up the rear end, repairing the indicator stalk so it holds position, filling the reco'd diff, fitting of some customised links from the petrol tank to the fuel lines, finished the drop of the tank to allow the rear sway bar clearance, reconditioning the heater tap and fitting some bonnet pins.

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Post by drew56cus » Mon 20 Oct, 2014 8:19 am

I am liking your work Giles, it looks really nice. It must be satisfying for you to look at it at the end of a day and see nice clean shiny bits. Cheers, Drew
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Post by Giles » Mon 20 Oct, 2014 1:04 pm

Yes Drew, very satisfying. The install of the brake lines has made such a difference as so much was pending on them.
I've spoken to Santa about a hoist but she say's "good luck with that". It would be so, so beneficial. The single poster you have looks great. Is it easy to relocate? I may have a partner in mind if that's the case.
The next job is to tailor a radiator to suit. I've spotted a HQ that will fit with some minor mods. Just needs about 25mm each side of it trimmed which is only a section of the brackets for it.
Then it's a job for the pro's, beyond this Real Estate agents capability. The swap out of cams for the re profiled ones and new valve stem seals at the same time.
Then for the encore will the triple webber addition and a custom exhaust after I get the car rego'd.

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Post by +min » Mon 20 Oct, 2014 2:38 pm

Inadvertently started singing radiators songs while removing cams....
Bit of cleaning and checking before deciding what to do with it...
Thinking about some 'mild' reworking of the exhaust & matching the inlets & a 5 angle valve job to really smooth out the bowl areas.
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Post by Giles » Mon 20 Oct, 2014 3:29 pm

Any particular Radiators song whilst doing your head work Joe?

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Post by +min » Mon 20 Oct, 2014 4:59 pm

Giles wrote:Any particular Radiators song whilst doing your head work Joe?

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Post by AMG » Wed 22 Oct, 2014 11:30 am

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Post by John Green » Wed 22 Oct, 2014 3:51 pm

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Post by Giles » Wed 22 Oct, 2014 4:15 pm

Spray or brush John?

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Post by John Green » Thu 23 Oct, 2014 4:21 pm

Spray, will post up some pictures when done.
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Post by GNGSTA » Sun 02 Nov, 2014 8:42 pm

Replaced the flexible disc and did a set of spark plugs on my W109 300SEL, she drives much better now. :dance:
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Re: What did you do to your benz today?

Post by cuisses » Mon 03 Nov, 2014 10:19 pm

Replaced the front pads, which unlike the rears had worn evenly. Took it for a short drive and the brakes appear to work.
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