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Old 07-01-2005, 09:53 AM
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Thanks to LarryBible for the wonderful help post edited below!

If you are posting here with a technical problem or seeking help in troubleshooting a problem, please follow these guidelines so that those offering help can be more accurate and helpful. Following these guidelines will not only help you get an answer more efficiently, but will also make it easier and more convenient for those offering help.

More people will volunteer to help you if it is more convenient for them.


Go to the very first page of MercedesShop. There is a forum entitled Links by Parts Category It's the 10th forum down from the top. Our esteemed member Mr. WHunter has taken all of the important posts that give information on specific topics and grouped them by section pretaining to specific problems in the vehicle. Search here first. Find your problem and read all of the threads regarding the problem. If you cannot find what you are looking for in this group, you can then search the entire forum using the "search" function.

SEARCH for other posts regarding your problem. MANY problems are common and MUCH has been written about them. The search function can be found in the second dark blue bar at the top of any page. Type in a suitable term, such as "shocks" and the software will locate all posts relevant to the topic. At least scan the first page or two to see if there is a thread started that covers your issue. Posting in that thread, combining your question with another persons with the same problem will get you more information with less work on the part of the answer people. Common courtesy. As I write this there are at least four active threads on changing shocks. The same people are taking time to answer in ALL these threads.

If you have failed to find a solution to your problem within the DIY links or after a new search, as indicated above, it's now time to post a new thread.

Post the thread in the correct forum.

For all technical questions (excluding tires, wheels, bodywork, and detailing) regarding M/B's equipped with a diesel engine, post the question in "Diesel Discussion".

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For all technical questions regarding tires and wheels, post the question in "Wheels and tires".

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For all technical questions regarding bodywork and restoration of the body, post the question in one of the forums underneath "Bodywork".

Title the thread as specifically as possible. A title such as: "Starter Turns Engine, but it will not Start" would solicit more assistance than a title such as: "Grandma's Car." Don't laugh, I've seen this kind of title before. One genius actually titled a post "Thanks, its what I figured". A different genius titled the thread "2 more questions". A third genius posts "Hate to admit it --- but". These threads will be summarily locked when discovered by the moderator and a link to this posting guideline will be provided.

Please ALWAYS provide the year and model of your Mercedes. Even if you have posted before, there may be someone reading who is an expert in the technical area but not familiar with you or your car.

If you are asking a very specific question such as "where is the a/c relay?" then mention that you have already made some other tests that have led you to this area. It could be that you think the problem is the relay when it could be another more common problem. By assuming that the problem is the relay you are missing the opportunity to get help with the overall problem. A better approach would be, "the compressor is not kicking in, could it be the relay and where is it?" or "I have already checked the other portions of the circuit and it appears to be the relay, where is it?" My point here is that to get the most help, discuss the entire subsystem in terms of what is wrong, what you have done so far and the specific help you need.

Unless the problems are related, start separate threads for separate problems. The rule of thumb here would be that if the problems could possibly be related they should be in the same post, but if they are totally different such as an air conditioning problem and a brake problem, you will probably get better results with separate threads for each problem.

It is often helpful to know your location for things like air conditioning or heating problems. If for whatever reason you don't want to tell where you live at least give a general area like state or province. Surely no one can track you down from that. It would be helpful for you to add location to your profile.

ALWAYS give as many details as possible that are PERTINENT to the problem. Giving a history of how you bought the car from a little old lady who only drove it to church on Sunday is interesting but not pertinent to the troubleshooting process. If you are troubleshooting an electrical problem we don’t need to know the make and weight of engine oil you use.

ALWAYS provide information regarding steps that you have already taken or parts that you have already replaced SINCE THE PROBLEM OCCURRED. Just because you replaced a part only a year ago, does not mean that it is still good and eliminated from the troubleshooting thought process.

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In the case of ENGINE problems try to provide as much information as possible such as compression readings, cylinder leak down test results, timing settings, etc, etc.

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After you have located the problem and affected a suitable repair, make sure to post your results so that we all can share the information and learn from it.

I have found that the vast majority of folks who post and offer help on this website to be naturally helpful and friendly. Follow these guidelines to get the most help with the least work on the part of the helper and try to return the favor when someone needs help in an area with which you are familiar.

John HAUL AWAY, OR CRUSHED CARS!!! HELP ME keep the cars out of the crusher! A/C Thread
"as I ride with my a/c on... I have fond memories of sweaty oily saturdays and spewing R12 into the air. THANKS for all you do!

My drivers:
1987 190D 2.5Turbo
1987 190D 2.5Turbo
1987 190D 2.5-5SPEED!!!

1987 300TD
1987 300TD
1994GMC 2500 6.5Turbo truck... I had to put the ladder somewhere!

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Old 07-01-2005, 10:29 AM
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Awesome information to help folks get help and help themselves.
Please allow me to echo one part of Larry's post:


Few things help as much as pics!!!
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Old 07-01-2005, 02:30 PM
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A picture's worth a thousand words. Does that work both ways? It seems like some of the people with so much to say are so bad at saying it...
Old 08-08-2005, 11:54 AM
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Also, let this board work for you!

At the top of each thread is a THREAD TOOLS link.
You can print a thread out or E-mail it to someone.
What I found really useful is the SUBSCRIBE TO THIS THREAD link. You can set it up to e-mail you when a reply is made or for NO reply just to keep it for future reference.

Also for new arrivals, go to the USER CP and put your location, vehicle year, make and model in your profile.

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Old 10-18-2005, 09:22 PM
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Thanks "newbies" aren't being lazy or inconsiderate.....just ignorant...but we are learning! Very quickly at that.

Thanks again for all the help!
Old 04-18-2006, 01:47 AM
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TROUBLESHOOTING, Get the Most from your Post!

You guy's are the best ....
Thank's so much for all your help!
Old 10-13-2006, 09:21 PM
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[QUOTE=83mercedes;It seems like some of the people with so much to say are so bad at saying it...[/QUOTE]

Works both ways?? You mean the people who you would like to have help from arnt no good at explaining things to you? We all cant be Earny Hemmingway

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Old 12-07-2006, 06:47 PM
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Originally Posted by vstech View Post
I am wondering if it is preferable to dig up an old post with some of the info you are looking for and post to it, or when you find similar posts to what you want, but not enough, should you start a new one?

Its kinda nice to have the old thread. New eyes will see it when it pops outa hidernation Plus we can have the info together.

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Old 12-07-2006, 07:39 PM
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Thanks Larry. Your points are well taken and appreciated.
It will help create a better compendium of knowlege accessable via archive searches.

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Old 04-18-2007, 12:59 PM
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The archives on this forum are an absolute gold mine, and it's free. I've seen threads on paid sites where the moderator argues with the original questioner because he didn't pay his dues, and doesn't answer the question.

When people post "I'm going to try so-and-so to fix my problem and I'll post the results in a few hours when I'm finished," can I suggest that you wait until you've come to a conclusion and post the results? Many posts have left me hanging. A good follow up will help many people for many years.

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Old 06-01-2007, 11:36 AM
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Zer gut, mien Herr!

Thanks for taking the time to break it all down for us. It is so often that common sense is not common practice.
Old 07-11-2007, 02:47 PM
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the upper search link at the top of the page has three sections. one a simple keyword search, next the advanced search section that allows parameters and better criteria such as members and such, and finally, the full google search window. type entire phrases into this window and have google scan the entire site for relevancy!

Brian Carlton supermoderator for this site is the first one I saw to recommend this method! Thanks Brian!
John HAUL AWAY, OR CRUSHED CARS!!! HELP ME keep the cars out of the crusher! A/C Thread
"as I ride with my a/c on... I have fond memories of sweaty oily saturdays and spewing R12 into the air. THANKS for all you do!

My drivers:
1987 190D 2.5Turbo
1987 190D 2.5Turbo
1987 190D 2.5-5SPEED!!!

1987 300TD
1987 300TD
1994GMC 2500 6.5Turbo truck... I had to put the ladder somewhere!

Last edited by vstech; 07-13-2011 at 04:08 PM.
Old 08-29-2007, 03:34 PM
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How best to post pix?

Noble Forum Fellows,

Agree with all + comments above.

Please define best way to post pix (resolution size, pixels, type of file, how to insert, thumbnail, attach). As in everything, there are good, better, and best ways of getting it done. Please recommend same to the uninitiated (such as myself).

Again, many, many thanks.

Originally Posted by vstech View Post
you can hit the post reply button, and below your text field you use the manage attachment button to upload the pictures.
likely your new camera uses high megapixel images... too big to upload. for those, you need to either setup a photobucket or imageshack or gmail's picassa account, and then use that site to upload the image, then use the yellow square icon above the text field to paste the picture's location.
pretty easy once you've done it.

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Old 08-09-2008, 08:28 PM
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Thanks alot!
I didn't know about the DIY thread on the first page I found all the jobs I had been doing on my car and posting new threads for info.
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Old 12-09-2008, 03:24 AM
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Originally Posted by R L Lepper View Post
Where do I have to go to post a Question. I am registered and I have posted once before but I don''t know how I arrived at the correct place to post a ?
Find 'Shop Forum' at top of page.

Choose forum you wish to post in.

Look for 'Forum Tools' on the right side of the page above all of the threads.

It should be self explanatory from there.


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