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Old 05-02-2011, 06:34 PM
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Front Seal Re & Re More info.

I have read everything I can find on he board but no discussion on pulling the radiator, AC condenser and AUX fan to give access to the balance wheel and room for a puller. Or can the job be done with out removing the rad and other stuff.
my car is a 1984 300SD
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Old 05-02-2011, 06:39 PM
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I've done it with the condenser remaining. Everything else needs to come out.
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:30 AM
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A friend has done that with the radiator still in the car. He put a piece of something to protect it if something happened, no issues.
He's pretty mechanical, tho.
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:38 AM
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It is alot easier (to me) to pull the radiator. If you leave it in place put a piece of plywood over it for protection.
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:48 AM
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Could be done with little hands - on a lift - with the radiator in...


You don't have to drill out the front pulley bolts... look out for rounded off Allen heads...

I'd save your fingers and have a less frustrating time with the radiator out.
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Old 05-03-2011, 03:50 PM
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It's not that big a deal to pull the radiator.
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Old 05-04-2011, 03:25 AM
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^^^ I'd just as well pull the radiator. There is a possibility while pulling the balancer off, it may pop into the radiator and damage it. In addition, you'll be thankful for the extra working space.

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Old 05-04-2011, 04:57 AM
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I would pull the rad. Since I'm replacing my condensor too, it's going to be easier.

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