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Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 09-12-2018, 01:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,202
Posted By Ron Johnstone
Had an '86 560SL and loved it. As to brake...

Had an '86 560SL and loved it. As to brake squeal, just had a long lasting problem with my daughters E350. Only cure was to purchase MBZ OE pads. The older SL's really don't need a specialist shop...
Forum: Tech Help 09-12-2018, 01:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 433
Posted By Ron Johnstone
Final Solution to the problem: My daughter took...

Final Solution to the problem: My daughter took it back to the shop and they installed MBZ OE pads. No more squealing!!!!!!!!!! Sometimes "just as good" just isn't! Thanks for all the suggestions.
Forum: Tech Help 09-04-2018, 09:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 433
Posted By Ron Johnstone
Squealing Brakes on a W210, Unusual!

My daughter ran the LR pads on her '98 E320, W210 into the rotor, leaving mild gouges. It obviously squealed. I only replaced the pads as I couldn't get the rotor off, it squealed. Took it to a good,...
Forum: General Information 08-16-2018, 02:39 PM
Replies: 259
Views: 204,364
Posted By Ron Johnstone
For a few 1970 years, MBZ used a "new, improved"...

For a few 1970 years, MBZ used a "new, improved" low voltage ignition wiring instead of tried and true copper with good insulation. After a few years, depending on where the car was located and the...
Forum: Tech Help 07-23-2018, 04:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 545
Posted By Ron Johnstone
Just received the $14 Chinese copy of the...

Just received the $14 Chinese copy of the original BEHR controller, installed it and it works just fine. Too bad they don't enclose instructions to tell to apply a thin layer of "Silicone Heat...
Forum: Tech Help 07-20-2018, 04:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 545
Posted By Ron Johnstone
Nulu, I just managed to get myself both in and...

Nulu, I just managed to get myself both in and out of under the dashboard and found that your controller is "the other one" so many thanks for your kind offer but I will pass on it. I looked up your...
Forum: Tech Help 07-19-2018, 01:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 545
Posted By Ron Johnstone
Nulu, that is a very kind offer! I will try to...

Nulu, that is a very kind offer! I will try to get to the regulator and see what it looks like and advise you. I last saw it about 7 years ago.
Forum: Site Feedback 07-18-2018, 05:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 537
Posted By Ron Johnstone
How to update the information in my "Signature"

My signature needs updating as to the Mercedes models I have and mileage, etc. but I can't find out how to do it.
Help please?
Forum: Tech Help 07-18-2018, 03:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 545
Posted By Ron Johnstone
The "proper" fix for this is a new Blower...

The "proper" fix for this is a new Blower Regulator but it is a miserable thing to install - especially when you are 80 and don't "bend well" anymore.
The regulator otherwise seems to be fine as the...
Forum: Tech Help 07-17-2018, 10:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 545
Posted By Ron Johnstone
Thanks, but Rats! I remember replacing that...

Thanks, but Rats! I remember replacing that regulator about 7 years ago and it wasn't fun lying on your back under the dash. I was hoping it was something else.
Question: There are a load of new...
Forum: Tech Help 07-17-2018, 09:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 545
Posted By Ron Johnstone
98 E320, Blower keeps running

My daughters 1998 E320 sat for two months until I recovered from open heart surgery. The battery completely discharged. Now with a decent battery, the blower fan for the climate control will not...
Forum: Tech Help 03-13-2018, 05:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 759
Posted By Ron Johnstone
Unfortunately my lovely SL is parked in the...

Unfortunately my lovely SL is parked in the driveway with a cover over it as my garage is utterly full of tools. That makes it difficult to keep a maintainer installed and powered so I have to rely...
Forum: Tech Help 03-12-2018, 03:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 759
Posted By Ron Johnstone
Exactly the good advice I needed. Many thanks!

Exactly the good advice I needed. Many thanks!
Forum: Tech Help 03-11-2018, 09:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 759
Posted By Ron Johnstone
WHICH battery should I charge?

I don't drive my 2007 SL550 very frequently, especially in wet weather. When we get nice dry weather I frequently cannot lower the hard convertible top until I drive it for a few miles to charge the...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 01-03-2018, 09:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,446
Posted By Ron Johnstone
I had the 560SL advertised on Craig's List. A...

I had the 560SL advertised on Craig's List. A semi-local guy is running a retirement business buying SL's and old Porsche's for sale in Germany. He showed up with a trailer (which he parked out of...
Forum: Tech Help 01-02-2018, 06:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 455
Posted By Ron Johnstone
Just received the new one, see my reply below.

Just received the new one, see my reply below.
Forum: Tech Help 01-02-2018, 06:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 455
Posted By Ron Johnstone
I finally received the new key from the dealer...

I finally received the new key from the dealer that ordered it for me. The packaging states that the key originated from Stuttgart, Germany but was shipped to the local dealer from MBZ in Grapevine,...
Forum: Tech Help 12-31-2017, 02:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 409
Posted By Ron Johnstone
Update: The changer now seems to be working...

Update: The changer now seems to be working reliably. I imagine that the silicone coating I put on the sliding surface of each tray has been transferred to its mating surface on the actual changer...
Forum: Tech Help 12-28-2017, 05:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 455
Posted By Ron Johnstone
NEW Smart Key Programming

I have a brand new, MBZ factory "Additional" key that was dealer ordered for my 06 E350 Wagon. The dealer did not have access to the car when the new key came from MBZ. I was told that it had to be...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 12-26-2017, 08:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,446
Posted By Ron Johnstone
Talking Sold my 560SL to Germany

I just sold my 86 560SL and was surprised to learn that it was going to be exported to Germany for final resale. The guy that bought it told me that they were very scarce in Europe and Germans were...
Forum: Tech Help 12-26-2017, 04:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 409
Posted By Ron Johnstone
CD Changer - "Device Unavailable"

On my "new" 2007 SL550 (only 13000 miles on it) I have frequent trouble using the CD Changer as it thinks the cassette isn't in place. I pulled the cassette and examined each tray, removed any rough...
Forum: Tech Help 06-21-2017, 01:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 446
Posted By Ron Johnstone
Which FLEECE oil filter?

Oil change is coming up for my 2006 E350. I've wasted lots of time researching oil and filters.
An interesting point is that AMG is apparently more picky about oil that MBZ is. AMG, at least in...
Forum: Tech Help 05-07-2017, 03:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 243
Posted By Ron Johnstone
PLASTIC BODY PANELS - WHAT TYPE USED?

On my white 2006 E350 Wagon, between the wheel wells, the frame under the doors is hidden by a long, molded strip of white plastic. Rocker panel cover. Somehow a fist size piece has been punched...
Forum: Tech Help 03-18-2017, 06:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 349
Posted By Ron Johnstone
Advice: Which part number version to buy?

In browsing by part number you will frequently find that newer versions of your automobile carry a slightly different number for the same part. For example, my 06 E350 shift module has an original...
Forum: Tech Help 03-12-2017, 08:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 451
Posted By Ron Johnstone
Oil for 50:1 dilution in lawn equipment

This is obviously not for use in a Mercedes but perhaps one of the members would know the answer.

I have a Husqvarna string trimmer that requires adding oil to the gas in a 50:1 ratio and while...
Forum: Tech Help 02-13-2017, 02:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 769
Posted By Ron Johnstone
It certainly appears that a proper calibration is...

It certainly appears that a proper calibration is decidedly not fun to do but it is probably possible to unplug the weight sensors entirely and feed the circuit with whatever - resistance or voltage...
Forum: Tech Help 02-12-2017, 08:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 769
Posted By Ron Johnstone
Hi Dux, thanks for your kind reply but I was...

Hi Dux, thanks for your kind reply but I was afraid of that. I take it then that the emulator isn't able to fool the onboard computer and get that cursed light off.

There really ought to be a...
Forum: Tech Help 02-12-2017, 06:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 769
Posted By Ron Johnstone
SRS Reset, 2006 W211 E350

I have a SRS light for my passenger seat that I cannot reset. The car is a W211, E350 made in 2005 but registered as a 2006??

I purchased an "Ecutool" Type 2 Seat Occupation Sensor Emulator for...
Forum: Tech Help 01-25-2017, 01:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 472
Posted By Ron Johnstone
High Cost of SmartKeys for Mercedes

I searched "Manufacturers, Suppliers, Exporters & Importers from the world's largest online B2B marketplace-Alibaba.com" and they have suppliers that will bulk sell blank Mercedes smartkeys for very...
Forum: Tech Help 01-23-2017, 09:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,355
Posted By Ron Johnstone
I was just on Manufacturers, Suppliers, Exporters...

I was just on Manufacturers, Suppliers, Exporters & Importers from the world's largest online B2B marketplace-Alibaba.com (http://www.alibaba.com) and they will bulk sell Mercedes smartkeys for very...
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