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Old 05-08-2004, 11:26 AM
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Problem with unbuckling air filter cansiter

I never gave it much thought, but I have always noticed that on my 1984 300SD that the air filter buckle is hard to unbuckle. The latch bumps into the fire wall, and it is a very tight squeeze to get the lactch up.

So far, I had to fix two air filter canister mounts and fabricate a new air filter bracket. With all these broken things and the buckle problem, I was thinking that the air filter rubbing up against the firewall caused things to break which would mean that the engine was leaning. The only thing I can think that could cause the engine to lean is a broken engine mount.

I am just wondering if this is problem everyone has, and this is not a sign of anything wrong or could it be an engine mount?

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Old 05-08-2004, 11:43 AM
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I have exactly the same situation and I remember it being a pain in the rear when it was new. My motor mounts , brackets, et. al. are in great shape or new.

Others I've seen have been similar.

1984 300SD

Not a problem; just a tight fit.
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Old 05-08-2004, 11:48 AM
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Thanks jbaj007. I would have thought that they would have designed the car with a little more clearance for buckle to unlatch, but it is great to hear that I do not have a problem.
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Old 05-08-2004, 03:46 PM
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is the rear air cleaner mount(closest to the firewall) intact? mine broke and i didnt know it. as soon as i replaced it the latch didnt hit anymore.

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