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Old 06-28-2019, 09:34 AM
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300SD: replacing odometer gears and the brass sleeve issue


I know I've seen this info posted here in the past, but I just cannot find it!

So, on my -83 300sd I have a non-workind odometer due to the 12-tooth plastic ring turning to gummy goo (the common issue). I have purchased the three gear set to from speedogears for replacement purposes but the issue I run into is that the 12-tooth replacement nylon gear does not fit on the shaft as there is a brass sleeve on the original (making the shaft thicker than the nylon gear's diameter of the internal hole).

Sooo... How did folks deal with this issue? Grind the brass sleeve off OR...? I remember reading about this but I just cannot remember. I am sure somebody else does or can point me to the right post.

1983 300SD, 1999 200 cdi and 1998 1,6 (gasser)
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Old 06-28-2019, 09:49 AM
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Grind, file, or cut the brass sleeve off the shaft. A pair of wire cutters (dykes) works well for this purpose. Next best thing is a coarse file.
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Old 06-28-2019, 11:02 AM
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Ah, just like that. Okay, I'll give it a whirl, thanks!
1983 300SD, 1999 200 cdi and 1998 1,6 (gasser)
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Old 06-28-2019, 03:25 PM
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Brass bushing remove

I did what this video shows starting about 2:40 from the start. Used a small wire cutter and with not much strength and gradually pinched the brass bushing at different places. Not intending to cut. Just to deform and make brass bushing loose. Brass bushing eventually got loose and came off.

Some written instructions.

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Old 07-03-2019, 07:45 AM
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Check out DIESEL GIANT site he did this replacement and yes you do need to remove the brass collar from shaft .
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