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Yak 02-18-2012 07:25 PM


Originally Posted by Ether (Post 2886856)
The VIN matched tumbler for my 300SD (purchased 1/12/12) was $25.50 from the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center.

That's a great price. Mine was about $100 for an '83 300CD from the local dealer in '10. Other posts had it about the same. Fastlane price for a non-matched tumbler is in the $30's.

Yak 02-18-2012 07:36 PM

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Originally Posted by newtodiesel (Post 2887041)
Off - the steering lock can engage;
I do have a question.... the spring loaded button on the end of that part used to lock the steering, is it supposed to have a slight angle on it? I am guessing that makes it easier to slide into place? Or is that worn?

If you mean the part at the very end of the 'stalk' that engages into the steering column, I think that part is flat.

If you mean the little button that engages in the tube, I believe that is rounded. See the pdf.

In any case that's included in the new ignition housing.

junqueyardjim 02-18-2012 07:48 PM


Originally Posted by newtodiesel (Post 2886530)
Jumping the terminals got it back home! Thanks all

Used the junction box w/ a insulated piece of copper wire and insulated pliers..used the smallest screw in the box,negative I think, and the screw next to it, got a few sparks and jump started the car and my heart a little bit too!
Had to cram the copper wire in a little bit to get past a bit of corrosion.
The battery looks like it is leaking too...corrosion in the pan along the bottom of the battery box. Next project. That battery is not that old either?? Weird

The steering locking mechanism seems to function and did not lock up, I can hear it when I turn the key

Thanks for the help all, saved me a tow bill!
Roy you have a PM

I'm surprised no comments about the taxi driver??

You did a good job. To make it even easier, if you have a paper clip available, make it roughly straight so it is easy to use, then bend it in a nice curve to roughly reach the two screws and hold it with your fingers. There might be a spark or two when connecting, but required amps is super low and it might warm up if you held it there for a long time, like a long time. Great way to move the engine over when adjusting valves - probably what it is there for.

newtodiesel 02-18-2012 11:10 PM

Yea I was afraid of getting shocked, so I used insulated everything!
I knew there would be a spark, but it still pumps me up a little!

vstech 02-18-2012 11:44 PM


Originally Posted by newtodiesel (Post 2886530)
The battery looks like it is leaking too...corrosion in the pan along the bottom of the battery box. Next project. That battery is not that old either?? Weird

if batteries are leaking, the alternator is OVERCHARGING them. pull your alternator, and have it tested ASAP!

neumann 02-19-2012 10:16 AM

the 240d is mine :)
we are supposed to meet later today to pull the parts

glad to help out a local member


Originally Posted by whunter (Post 2886674)
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newtodiesel 02-19-2012 09:12 PM

Thanks for the parts Neuman! Getting to see your other old cars was great fun!
This car was not the other one I was thinking of, not even close to a rust bucket, I was surprised it was being parted.

John the alternator is an aftermarket from the local auto zoo, 55 amp if I remember correctly, maybe 1 year old. Do you think trying to start the car so many times w/o letting the starter cool down could have caused the battery problem? Or just the alternator going bad? What else should I have checked? I dont want to get stranded again

Electrical connections and grounds? To and from the battery starter and alternator? I do know sometimes the battery cables can get corroded enough to need replacing

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