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Old 08-17-2003, 09:12 PM
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300SDL serpintine belt broke

Well we were pulling into the driveway and turning the car around when the serpintine belt broke.
Now I really can't complain. The car has never left us stranded. and if it had to break, in the driveway was great. I turned it around ( with no power steering it was a bear) and went to Pep boys to get a new belt.
I reviewed the posts on replacing the belts and attacked it.
Took about 2 hours to do the job. However I did not remove the radiator as recommneded in the service manual supplement for the SDL. I was able to get the fan/clutch assembly aout without the removal. It took some tool fabrication but I did it.

I was hoping the car would not do anything like this. This is the car my Daughter drives and we will take her down to Texas A&M on Saturday. When that is done we are going to get rid of the car. We will have the SL and the 300TD. That will be all the 2 of us need.
I don't have the wagon finished yet. (rebuilding the AC system completely) I dicided it was more important to be with the kids thatn work on a car. So when they are both gone ( My son s up at OSU, we braught him ther last Friday.) I will have plenty of time to finish the wagon.

I am considering donating the car to Dallas Can Academy and writing it off on my taxes.
I would consider selling it if someone wants it as a parts car. But I can realize about $1000 on my taxes so I would have to get that from someone if they wanted it.
I'm not interested in the expaining that will have to be done with this car. Its a good car but its age is showing. And I'm just ready to get rid of it.
I may post it on the for sale area and if anyone really wants it I may consider it.

Back to the belt replacement. It was a fairly easy job. I found that not removing the radiator was actually faster, in my estimate. thatn removing it. But it did require some creative tools and working in a tight area between the radiator and the fan/clutch assembly. so I have a few scratch marks on the arm.

1970 220D, owned 1980-1990
1980 240D, owned 1990-1992
1982 300TD, owned 1992-1993
1986 300SDL, owned 1993-2004
1999 E300, owned 1999-2003
1982 300TD, 213,880mi, owned since Nov 18, 1991- Aug 4, 2010 SOLD
1988 560SL, 100,000mi, owned since 1995
1965 Mustang Fastback Mileage Unknown(My sons)
1983 240D, 176,000mi (My daughers) owned since 2004
2007 Honda Accord EX-L I4 auto, the new daily driver
1985 300D 264,000mi Son's new daily driver.(sold)
2008 Hyundai Tiberon. Daughters new car

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