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Old 05-25-2019, 05:01 PM
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Mechanic needed

I have a 1981 240d manual that needs a thourough diagnostic, besides needing valve adjustment, oil change, belt replacement, brakes replaced, and also thier is a grinding noise eminating from the fan area. I just don't have alot of time to work my beast. He is a daily driver around 196k miles. I tuning him up with needed repairs every month student budget. I am in the Seattle area. Please help with any recommendations.

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Old 05-25-2019, 10:31 PM
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See if.....

See if you can find a GOOD mobile mechanic. I have one who has saved me a lot of money over the years. The person you're looking for does NOT come to your house with a little tool bag in the trunk of his car, and he is not 24 years old. Instead, he comes with a van full of tools and is 35 years or older.

Though my guy doesn't know everything about Mercedes since he's a generalist, he can figure a lot of stuff out and when he doesn't know something he tells you so. He knows his limits of what he can and can't fix.

Good luck.
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Old 05-26-2019, 08:49 AM
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Not really sure how you're going to get that done on a student budget. All only require basic hand tools except for brakes you don't need a jack. I learned to wrench while in school because I was driving a British car that need something weekly and was not ragged out. You are driving German and fighting neglect.

All of those are routine and a regular shop could do them but it would be much less expensive and you'll have a better outcome if you do them. Do you have tools and have you used them?
85SD 240K & stopped counting getting paint. 84SD 180,000. Probably up for sale in the fall 2020. 85TD beginning to repair to DD status.
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Old 05-26-2019, 12:27 PM
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Mercedes Centrum in Bellevue.
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Old 05-26-2019, 09:22 PM
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Just about everything you need to know is right here. Just pick something on the car.and fix it. One thing at a time . Before you know it, you will be the mechanic.
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Old 05-26-2019, 10:15 PM
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Enroll in a local adult education auto shop class. Learn a lot using the school’s shop, equipment and knowledgeable teacher plus other students who will probably offer to help while learning.

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