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Chris W. 12-06-2004 01:08 PM

Dumb question on throttle linkage
OK, I'm contemplating pulling my intake manifold on my '95 E300D to deal with a fuel leak issue. I have to remove the throttle linkage, which has a few "ball and socket" type connect points.

Do I just lever the "socket" or linkage arm out of the ball by force or is there a trick to separating these joints? I just don't want to trash these things as they appear a bit delicate.

TIA for any advice - sometimes the simple things like this slow me down...

Chris W.

Pete Burton 12-06-2004 01:17 PM

I had a real "problem" with those things too, until I found out it's OK to pull or pry them (not yank them) off. Put some lube in on reassembly, a little grease is good. It's possible to mess up the circular little springs if the joint is really old and rusty, but I've only done that once. A screwdriver or small open end wrench will do the trick nicely

Rick Miley 12-06-2004 01:44 PM

Before you remove the intake manifold, check the condition of all the little plastic clips that hold the fuel lines in place. They get very brittle with age, and would love to break apart to send little pieces of plastic into your engine while the manifold is off.

Yes, just pry those joints apart.

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