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Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 04-09-2007, 01:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,105
Posted By Kebowers
REbuilt trans costs

To rebuild the MBZ transmission (non electronic control) takes a good 8 hours of skilled tech time (this is to disassembly, clean, reassemble with new friction disks, seals, accumulator seals,etc,...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 01-31-2007, 05:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 821
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Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 01-31-2007, 05:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,064
Posted By Kebowers
soft top woes

look in your owners manual. It clearly explains (and has photos) of how to manually lock (or unlock) the rear latches. The computer system simply does not know where the top is--so it sits and waits...
Forum: Tech Help 01-30-2007, 12:46 AM
Replies: 847
Views: 114,898
Posted By Kebowers
YES MBZ are way to troublesome for the money....

YES MBZ are way to troublesome for the money. Back in the early part of last century, when car had hand cranks and magnetos, they were ALL troublesome. Really great cars seem to come from Japan...
Forum: Tech Help 01-30-2007, 12:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,221
Posted By Kebowers
Its the ethanol in the new reformulated gasoline...

Its the ethanol in the new reformulated gasoline that is attacking the 'rubber' diaphragm in the fuel distributors. Unless you can get them 'rebuilt' with an alcohol resistant material, expect...
Forum: Tech Help 01-30-2007, 12:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 614
Posted By Kebowers
neutral safety switch R&R easy

There are 2 switches one (reverse switch for back up lights) mounted on the rear, the other P/N safety on driver side of tran case. Both can be replaced without removing the transmission from the...
Forum: Tech Help 01-27-2007, 01:20 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 14,802
Posted By Kebowers
External corrosion due to mold. Mold will form...

External corrosion due to mold. Mold will form corrosion 'cells' that will 'eat' right through the aluminum--probably where the 'South has aluminum eating mites' comment came from.
Forum: Tech Help 01-27-2007, 12:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,221
Posted By Kebowers
and the cylinder compression readings are? Have...

and the cylinder compression readings are? Have you checked for air leakage around the injector seals? -try running a little water on them while engine is running-very quickly finds tiny vacuum...
Forum: Tech Help 01-27-2007, 12:49 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 9,984
Posted By Kebowers
CAN it be done?--YES. Should it? You like living...

CAN it be done?--YES. Should it? You like living with all your fingers, eyes, etc? Why take such life threatening chances trying to save a very few dollars. Life is precious, not cheap. Check out...
Forum: Tech Help 01-27-2007, 12:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 474
Posted By Kebowers
you must be referring to the ABS wheel speed...

you must be referring to the ABS wheel speed sensor mounted in the spindle assembly. Rust Buster, patience, a hollow punch that just fits on the outer rim of the sensor and good luck. They are help...
Forum: Tech Help 10-06-2006, 03:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,013
Posted By Kebowers
Cleaning up engine inside?

If you suspect internal varnish or gum in the engine, look inside the valve cover. If should be clean in there with no brown or yellow or black deposits. If any, I strongly recomend using BG-44...
Forum: Tech Help 10-06-2006, 03:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 806
Posted By Kebowers
no reverse what to do

A good independent tranny repairman can easily fix the problem at low cost relative to a new or rebuilt tranny. usually caused by cracked seal in front clutch, but may be 'B-1 piston failure--which...
Forum: Tech Help 10-06-2006, 02:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,514
Posted By Kebowers
When to change oil?

Oil is SO low cost compared to ANY engine part. Be aware that new EPA rules requiring 'oxygenates' and Congressional inaction have forced gasoline blenders to use ethanol a lot. This radically...
Forum: Tech Help 10-06-2006, 02:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 682
Posted By Kebowers
electrical gremlins

Rework all the 'grounds' in the system -on each component, everywhere they are. Causes of many many erratic faults/failures
Forum: Tech Help 10-06-2006, 02:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 476
Posted By Kebowers
380 sl

Different cams have different lobe heights, Need to have the cam numbers. Your car has been 'fixed' with the double row chain. Not a big deal to roll on a new chain, connecting it to the end of the...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 07-29-2006, 07:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 770
Posted By Kebowers
Differential rebuild a DIY?

Rebuilding a MBZ differential is not a simply 'take it apart and put it back topgether'. Installing the ring and pinion gears in the proper positions in order to achieve a noise-free operaion is very...
Forum: Tech Help 07-12-2006, 09:21 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,759
Posted By Kebowers
Unhappy Smoking V-12 mystery

I have an identical issue with my 94 sl-600. Haven't found the cause -yet. It DEFINITELY is engine oil 'pooling' in the intake manifold runner. How it gets there is the mystery. I SUSPECT the oil...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 04-12-2006, 09:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,288
Posted By Kebowers
Value Proposition For Diesel Injectors

The quality of the injector spray pattern and its open/close precision ARE THE KEY ingrediants to long diesel engine life and fuel economy. NOTHING will make up for a deficient injector. NOTHING.
Forum: Tech Help 04-12-2006, 08:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,596
Posted By Kebowers
potential leak at head/valve cover/case joint

MBZ did a 'fantastic' job using CAD to design this multi-surface joint--beautifully precise on paper. Unfortunately, when you have gaskets that must seal across multiple surfaces--it becomes...
Forum: Tech Help 04-12-2006, 08:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 500
Posted By Kebowers
Rear Seal leaks what cars

Porsche 911's have a persistent rear main seal leak problem--no 'fix' yet--AND they tend to burn out the #4 main bearing due to oil starvation.
Forum: Tech Help 04-12-2006, 08:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,039
Posted By Kebowers
why aluminum evaporators fail

The failure mechanism in the saga of A/C evaporators is metal fatigue cracking. The very thin stamped aluminum heat exchanger plates had a sharp crease at the bends (German precision stamping die?),...
Forum: Tech Help 04-12-2006, 08:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,347
Posted By Kebowers
wheel bearing failure

If you used your fingers to tighten the adjusting nut--it is HIGHLY unlikely you over tightened, unless the bearing/hub were real cold at the time. Heat up could result in overload and rapid failure...
Forum: Tech Help 04-12-2006, 08:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 510
Posted By Kebowers
where is oil pressure measured?

I know for sure on my 94 sl-600 it is off the main oil gallery (after the filter)
Forum: Tech Help 04-12-2006, 07:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 570
Posted By Kebowers
euro vs us cylinder heads

It depends on engine number. They are differences if 'part numbers' are different.

Head castings may be identical, cams most likely different. Check th epart numbers to be sure. US heads may...
Forum: Tech Help 04-12-2006, 07:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,520
Posted By Kebowers
why oh why did my EZL's fry, oh why did they fry?

2 most likely causes are:
1) Excessive heat due to poor heat conductivity--low air flow, no heat transfer paste,etc
2) Low system voltage--leading to excessive current draw and excessive heat...
Forum: Tech Help 04-04-2006, 01:08 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 37,442
Posted By Kebowers
126 tips kill the rust! for longevity

The '126' is IMHO, the BEST EVER BUILT. However, the rubbery 'undercoating' can crack or get torn, or water find its way through a panel form the other side--and terminal rust cancer can kill the...
Forum: Tech Help 04-03-2006, 08:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 11,811
Posted By Kebowers
SBC is an IDIOTS idea

Someone at Daimler/MBZ had a dream about 'wouldn't it be nice if driver reaction time was reduced when maximum braking was needed--that few feet saved might make a non-accident out of an...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 04-01-2006, 10:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,057
Posted By Kebowers
erratic temp cotrol what to look for

A Japanese luxury car--they don't have all these flaws. Different Corporate culture--fin Japan, failure is shameful--to make a high-end car with defects would literally call for ritual suicide....
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 03-30-2006, 08:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,154
Posted By Kebowers
87 ON in 92 500s no problem

the car does have knock sensors that will retard the ignition timing to try and prevent knock. Drive it moderately--no foot on the floor, long up grades at high speed, towing, etc and it should be...
Forum: Tech Help 03-30-2006, 08:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,051
Posted By Kebowers
Dead Battery Woes

Fortunately. MBZ alternators have lots of cooling and seldom overheat or fail. It is part of the DIN testing required to get certified in Germany. All the 'accessories' have to be able to run at...
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