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Forum: Diesel Discussion 02-20-2006, 01:18 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 14,861
Posted By seacoast_benz
If you're able to, Adam, that would be a...

If you're able to, Adam, that would be a tremendous service.

(I often these days will document with digital snapshots an entire disassembly step by step as I'm doing it. It's a huge help when I am...
Forum: Detailing and Interior 02-20-2006, 12:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,921
Posted By seacoast_benz
Have had excellent results with Motsenbocker's...

Have had excellent results with Motsenbocker's LiftOff products. Those plus a wet-dry shop vac saved a non-stainproof cream carpet into which a clumsy guest had knocked an entire carafe of red wine....
Forum: ML, GL, G-Wagen, R-Class, Unimog, Sprinter 02-19-2006, 07:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,730
Posted By seacoast_benz
I repaired an ML320 at 100K km with a very...

I repaired an ML320 at 100K km with a very similar noise.

I wasn't certain of the source, and all of the bushings looked superficially okay. I opted to replace cheapest-and-easiest first. Those...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 02-19-2006, 07:01 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 14,861
Posted By seacoast_benz
I recalled having read that article before. As...

I recalled having read that article before. As apparently happened when you looked, I found a broken link on the mbz.org site which should have led to the article. A bit of sleuthing did locate this...
Forum: Tech Help 02-10-2006, 09:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,662
Posted By seacoast_benz
Thank you, slfan! That did the trick. High marks...

Thank you, slfan! That did the trick. High marks for helpfulness.

From now on, I am going to leave in the glove box a microbaggie with a jump wire and a note of which pins to use. If this had...
Forum: Tech Help 02-10-2006, 02:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,662
Posted By seacoast_benz
Jumpering fuel pump relay test, 380SL

A quick SOS request here. I have a nonstarter 1983 380SL on hand. Turns over fine but does not fire. I suspect a failed fuel pump relay, and I know where that is, and I know that it can be tested by...
Forum: Tech Help 07-03-2005, 03:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 604
Posted By seacoast_benz
Harmonic balancer campaign: any "while we're here" extras?

There's an early-generation ML320 in the extended family, one of the ones with the problematic harmonic balancer. The HB is starting to show slight cracks, and I figured I should get in there and...
Forum: ML, GL, G-Wagen, R-Class, Unimog, Sprinter 01-11-2005, 07:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 847
Posted By seacoast_benz
ML320 bushing and bracket upgrades

Well, a new year, and another MBZ to do some amateur wrenching on!

The vehicle in question is a '98 ML320, 50K on the clock, and yes, I winced when I heard that it was an early ML. Interestingly,...
Forum: SL Forum 04-09-2004, 10:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,917
Posted By seacoast_benz
OK, problem mostly solved. Appears to be an...

OK, problem mostly solved. Appears to be an internal ground failure within the cluster. Will follow up later on with full details, but don't want anyone to waste time with further followups for now!
Forum: SL Forum 04-09-2004, 10:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 679
Posted By seacoast_benz
Also worthy of note is that the center electrode...

Also worthy of note is that the center electrode of a +4 has actually only a tiny little amount of platinum in it. Get one and have a look.

True platinum plugs, ones with an electrode comparable...
Forum: SL Forum 04-08-2004, 11:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,917
Posted By seacoast_benz
Gremlins! Demons! Jumping gauges!

'83 380SL here, with suddenly dark instrument panel at night. SO navigated her way home without gauges, and asked if I would take a look.

I expected to find burned-out illumination bulbs, and/or a...
Forum: Car Audio and Multimedia 10-15-2003, 09:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,381
Posted By seacoast_benz
Didn't get around to being able to check this...

Didn't get around to being able to check this until today, but -- yes!!! -- I pulled the right trunk panel, and there it was, a standard lead attached to the tuner unit, just as predicted.

Scott...
Forum: Car Audio and Multimedia 10-07-2003, 10:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,381
Posted By seacoast_benz
Rewiring a W124 antenna

Continuing the long, long saga to rewire the 500E from stem to stern: I have the wiring channels figured out! They do require pulling the seat and lifting the carpet, but hey, I'm a perfectionist and...
Forum: Car Audio and Multimedia 09-29-2003, 06:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,382
Posted By seacoast_benz
Following up to my own post here, for anyone else...

Following up to my own post here, for anyone else who may be doing the same job in future:

I had asked about the front speaker wire access. On this car, a 500E, and on a certain subset of the...
Forum: Car Audio and Multimedia 09-26-2003, 07:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,382
Posted By seacoast_benz
W124 / 500E end-to-end rewiring job

Well, the 500 has been sitting in the garage for weeks as part of scheduled-major-maintenance downtime. The stock Becker system conked out right before I parked the car (a shredded CD changer cable...
Forum: Tech Help 08-13-2003, 04:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 696
Posted By seacoast_benz
Thanks, Gilly! Your experience is invaluable as...

Thanks, Gilly! Your experience is invaluable as always.

I'll repeat the key-on learning trick, and I'll listen for sounds of activity this time. Did not note any previously.

s/b

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Forum: Tech Help 08-13-2003, 04:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,174
Posted By seacoast_benz
I believe you should be guided in your decision...

I believe you should be guided in your decision by a chain stretch measurement. If it's still close to within spec, you might decide to revisit the chain at 125K.

The rails, yeah, absolutely do...
Forum: Tech Help 08-12-2003, 09:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 696
Posted By seacoast_benz
Throttle actuator re-install and ASR

Been discussing this one over in Hot-Rods; a couple of regulars have offered their assistance, but the problem isn't quite solved yet.

M119 V8, running perfectly, had the throttle actuator...
Forum: Performance Paddock 08-11-2003, 03:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,865
Posted By seacoast_benz
Nope. Just rolled out of Starmark about six weeks...

Nope. Just rolled out of Starmark about six weeks ago. Part of my rationale for removing and inspecting the TBA was the knowledge that I could no longer rely on Starmark, and that if the unit was...
Forum: Performance Paddock 08-09-2003, 03:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,865
Posted By seacoast_benz
[/B] No, I'm not, but I hadn't known to look...

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No, I'm not, but I hadn't known to look out for that -- thanks!

The question of throttle position is one that I do keep coming back to. One is supposed to reset the throttle stop after...
Forum: Performance Paddock 08-09-2003, 04:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,865
Posted By seacoast_benz
500E limp mode and ASR

OK, as sequel to my recent lengthy series of posts about removing the throttle actuator from an M119 engine in a '93 500E, I have the TA back in the car after inspecting and cleaning it.

TA looked...
Forum: Events & Gatherings 07-30-2003, 03:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,494
Posted By seacoast_benz
What an ugly bunch, to treat a superb car so...

What an ugly bunch, to treat a superb car so badly.

Impossible to tell if this was a driveaway with a forged key, or a flatbed job. I assume that if they drove it for some distance, with no...
Forum: Performance Paddock 07-29-2003, 03:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,293
Posted By seacoast_benz
Re: WHY is all the good stuff on the other coast?

When it was first listed (more than a few weeks ago, I think it was something like 3 months when I saw it), I e-mailed the seller and asked a few questions. Hey, a spare low-mile 500E mill at a...
Forum: Performance Paddock 07-18-2003, 12:15 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 651
Posted By seacoast_benz
Thanks, Mark. I think that a homemade special...

Thanks, Mark. I think that a homemade special tool is probably the only way to get this one.

Thought that I might be able to get at it with a ball-end hex key, but (arrrrgh!) no one seems to make,...
Forum: Performance Paddock 07-17-2003, 02:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 651
Posted By seacoast_benz
500E valve cover removal

With still under 60K, I doubt this engine is going to need new chain rails for some time to come -- but this is one of those hey-while-I'm-in-here jobs. Figured that I would at least make a note in...
Forum: Performance Paddock 07-17-2003, 02:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,170
Posted By seacoast_benz
Ah, and I noticed as well on those TA bolts that...

Ah, and I noticed as well on those TA bolts that they all had a prominent dab of red paint on the heads. I assume this was Daimler manufacturing code for micro-encapsulated, or some such thing.

s/b
Forum: Performance Paddock 07-17-2003, 02:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,170
Posted By seacoast_benz
Roger wilco, Gilly, and thanks. I've cleaned...

Roger wilco, Gilly, and thanks. I've cleaned them, and there does seem to be some sort of polymer material in the threads which has gone powdery and dusty with age.

Will use threadlocker blue in...
Forum: SL Forum 07-14-2003, 05:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,538
Posted By seacoast_benz
I can't recall if the actuators can be gotten to...

I can't recall if the actuators can be gotten to via the glove box opening, but the GB on a 107 car is so easy to take out that it is worth a try. Four pop-fasteners, piece of cake!

I found one...
Forum: Performance Paddock 07-14-2003, 05:00 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,490
Posted By seacoast_benz
My wife reports seeing a very well kept E500 in a...

My wife reports seeing a very well kept E500 in a residential driveway in the Old Town area of Palo Alto last week.

I occasionally get fooled by seeing the flared front fenders on what turns out...
Forum: Tech Help 07-10-2003, 11:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,262
Posted By seacoast_benz
Final followup on this one: Assumed to be...

Final followup on this one:

Assumed to be fuel starvation due to something blocking the tank pickup. Once it began to start again, it has done so consistently and reliably, and it has run with no...
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