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Forum: Tech Help 08-21-2012, 05:35 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 15,552
Posted By jackmac
I was referring to the recirculating ball...

I was referring to the recirculating ball steering, which is the system used in the 126. As opposed to, say, a rack and pinion system.
Forum: Tech Help 08-21-2012, 02:23 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 15,552
Posted By jackmac
Steering slop in 126

You'd be amazed how much play there was in the steering when they were new. This is 1970's technology and recirculating ball systems have a lot of play by nature. If you change the sterring shock, it...
Forum: Tech Help 06-13-2012, 04:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,365
Posted By jackmac
Don;t know yet, but two knowledgable opinions say...

Don;t know yet, but two knowledgable opinions say B2 probably failed due to age. The mechanic has a lift, so will probably drop the tranny to replace. The forum probably just saved my beloved Benz...
Forum: Tech Help 06-13-2012, 03:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,365
Posted By jackmac
It looks like it's the B2 piston. Am I correct in...

It looks like it's the B2 piston. Am I correct in saying the part is around $150 and we're looking at 2-3 hours of labor?
Forum: Tech Help 06-08-2012, 11:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,365
Posted By jackmac
By blew I mean the car just stopped moving...

By blew I mean the car just stopped moving forward and just revs in any forward gear. It does engage in reverse.
Forum: Tech Help 06-07-2012, 06:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,365
Posted By jackmac
I don't do my own work, so the part isn't the...

I don't do my own work, so the part isn't the issue as much as the labor charge. Trying to get the guy to make right on the job. I'd gladly pay that for a used tranny if he'd cover the labor charge.
Forum: Tech Help 06-06-2012, 10:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,365
Posted By jackmac
The car is a 1985 380SE. The rebuilt tranny cost...

The car is a 1985 380SE. The rebuilt tranny cost $2500 in 2010 and the mechanic I use (who didn't do the tranny work) said the transmission is shot. He sent it to a tranny shop the last time, one...
Forum: Tech Help 06-05-2012, 08:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,365
Posted By jackmac
126 Tranny issue - end of the line?

Just blew the rebuilt tranny that was put in two years ago (3700 miles on it). Still trying to get the shop to replace it under warranty, but not making much headway. Looks like the end of the line....
Forum: Tech Help 03-25-2010, 12:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 675
Posted By jackmac
I'm getting it fixed. Can't bear to part with the...

I'm getting it fixed. Can't bear to part with the old girl.
Forum: Tech Help 03-25-2010, 12:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 675
Posted By jackmac
It didn't move in any gear. Tranny was shot. The...

It didn't move in any gear. Tranny was shot. The cooler blew out and all the coolant mixed with the tranny fluid and torque converter let go.
Forum: Tech Help 03-24-2010, 10:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 675
Posted By jackmac
My mechanic said the tranny cooler failed and...

My mechanic said the tranny cooler failed and dumped the coolant into the transmission fluid. Torque converter seized. Needs new tranny and cooler which is about $3000 with labor. Looks like she's a...
Forum: Tech Help 03-24-2010, 09:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 675
Posted By jackmac
I live in NYC folks. Not highway driving. We get...

I live in NYC folks. Not highway driving. We get 20K out of brake pads if we're lucky. Twenty five years of stop and go takes its toll on a tranny.
Forum: Tech Help 03-23-2010, 07:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 675
Posted By jackmac
When you say replaced, you mean DIY, rebuilt or...

When you say replaced, you mean DIY, rebuilt or used?
Forum: Tech Help 03-23-2010, 07:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 675
Posted By jackmac
1985 380SE Tranny problem/ Parts car?

I think my transmission quit on my 1985 380SE. Engine started to race in gear and then it wouldn't move in any gear. Had it towed to the shop and waiting for the verdict. How much does a rebuilt...
Forum: Tech Help 05-21-2008, 07:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 953
Posted By jackmac
I was having similar problems with my 380SE. I...

I was having similar problems with my 380SE. I had visions of expensive repairs, but it was just low fluid.
Forum: Tech Help 02-01-2008, 06:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 597
Posted By jackmac
126 Tranny issues

I've been having trouble lately with my transmission hunting for a gear when the car is cold. Once it warms up, it shifts fine. Does this mean the fluid is low?
Forum: Tech Help 12-03-2007, 05:09 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 505
Posted By jackmac
126 Tranny issues

I have a 1985 380SE with 106K. When I start the car, there is a hesitation before it shifts into reverse, and it gives a little jolt before it does. Also, when turning it corner, it hunts for a...
Forum: Tech Help 09-28-2007, 04:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 944
Posted By jackmac
Check OVP in the fusebox. Happened to my 380 and...

Check OVP in the fusebox. Happened to my 380 and that cured it.
Forum: Tech Help 06-22-2007, 06:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 538
Posted By jackmac
126 Bumper fix

The rear bumper on my 85 380SE is pushed in on the right side - hit while it was parked. No damage, but the bumper is now pushed in a few inches on that side. Is there any easy way to get the bumper...
Forum: Tech Help 08-17-2006, 01:24 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 533
Posted By jackmac
Famous indie mechanic in Bklyn

What is the name of the big indie Mercedes Shop in Brooklyn, NY ? I'm blanking on the name.
Forum: Tech Help 05-18-2006, 02:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 651
Posted By jackmac
Idle Control 126

What should it cost to replace an Idle Control Module on an 85 380SE? Parts and labor.
Forum: Tech Help 04-03-2006, 06:38 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 40,183
Posted By jackmac
All great tips. Thanks folks

All great tips. Thanks folks
Forum: Tech Help 11-15-2005, 05:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 592
Posted By jackmac
126 Idle Problem 380SE

I had an extensive tuneup done on my 85 380SE after it sat for a while with little use. Built up a lot of carbon, so I had to drive the car about 300 miles and get the tech to tweak it a lot to pass...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz Wheels & Tires 08-01-2005, 01:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,086
Posted By jackmac
126 Wheel swap

Would 15 inch wheels from an 86 190E fit on a 85 380SE without any modifications?
Forum: Tech Help 07-13-2005, 06:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 749
Posted By jackmac
Don't know about the 190's, but I changed the...

Don't know about the 190's, but I changed the steering damper on my 126 and it tightened right up. Cost is minimal.
Forum: Tech Help 04-15-2005, 06:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,158
Posted By jackmac
The alternator is not drawing any power when the...

The alternator is not drawing any power when the car is off. They are baffled. Could it be that pesky old MB alarm under the passenger carpet. It's never worked in the years I've owned the car, but...
Forum: Tech Help 04-15-2005, 04:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,158
Posted By jackmac
126 Electrical short

Finally just replaced the alternator after lots of tinkering. Two days later - dead battery. Any other ideas.
Forum: Tech Help 01-25-2005, 02:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,158
Posted By jackmac
Battery has load tested and takes a full charge....

Battery has load tested and takes a full charge. I strongly suspect the alternator, but the cars under chest-high snow right. Thanks for all the input.
Forum: Tech Help 01-20-2005, 10:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,158
Posted By jackmac
Can the alternator keep drawing power after the...

Can the alternator keep drawing power after the ignition is shut off? The alternator was replaced about a month before all this started.
Forum: Tech Help 01-19-2005, 06:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,158
Posted By jackmac
126 Electrical short

I've been having a problem with the battery in my 1985 380SE going dead. I had the alternator replaced in October. In mid-November, dead battery. Checked the alternator (which was rebuilt) and it's...
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