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Old 01-16-2011, 10:10 AM
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:20 AM
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:26 AM
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So is there any PM to help keep this from happening? Is there something I do to keep my oil pump from failing or is it just gonna fail one day?
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Old 12-12-2011, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by E150GT View Post
So is there any PM to help keep this from happening? Is there something I do to keep my oil pump from failing or is it just gonna fail one day?
Your best insurance is regular oil changes.

The oil pump failed, previous owner kept driving.
Clanking, Smoking, previous owner added more oil and kept driving.
Severe power loss, previous owner kept driving.
Engine STOPPED, previous owner had it towed to a good MB shop.
The good MB shop found the rod sticking through the block/pan.
The previous owner gave the title to the shop, and walked away.

Driver reaction can change it from:
* Serious = oil pump + rod/main bearings.
* Major overhaul = Replace piston assembly + grind or Replace crankshaft.
* Disaster = thrown rod + cracked block + demolished crankshaft+ demolished injection pump.

The driver ignored warnings, oil gauge, extreme rattling, extreme knocking, hammering.
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:08 PM
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People with absolutly no mechanical leanings or understanding. Means the 123s are not the cars for them in my opinion. That is at the current age those cars are now.

Most of the younger generation never even check oil levels. And since garages do not either normally today they are basically gambling.

Oddly enough there is probably a market on ebay for distressed parts on wood mountings. People will buy almost anything unusual.
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:12 PM
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Was the previous owner Salvador Dahli? Or was it Uri Geller?
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Old 12-30-2011, 03:42 PM
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Here is one for the colection.
This happend to cylinder #4 driving up hill in third gear.
The exhaust valve broke clean of.
Took out the block, head, cam, cam towers and #3 piston.
The crank survived and is still spinning in the same car this happend in.

The imprint on the right side of the piston shows the hollow valve stem for the sodium filling.

The cooling channel in the piston crown is visible here.
Also notize the cast in steel ring that holds the grove for the first piston ring.

At least the rod in still in one piece.

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Old 12-30-2011, 03:56 PM
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Coffee table sculpture? Attach it to a wooden pedestal with a plaque that says "Bad Day" or something similar and throw it on ebay. I'd bid.
I have just the coffee table for it.

(Not MB, but same deal, change your engine oil! watch your oil pressure!)

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