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Forum: Wheels & Tires 01-23-2016, 07:34 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,784
Posted By John Plut
More Problems with Kuhmo

I installed a set of Kuhmo Solus tires on my wife's Lexus and, since I never really drive the car, didn't know how bad the vibration was until months later. I had the tires road force balanced with...
Forum: Tech Help 03-27-2012, 01:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,597
Posted By John Plut
E320 Buying Advice Please

I'm looking to buy a used E320 in the $9,000 to $15,000 range, probably something between a 2001 and 2006 and have a few questions:

1.Are there any years that are better than others?

2. What...
Forum: Tech Help 12-26-2009, 09:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,405
Posted By John Plut
Tensioner Shock?

I would check the tensioner shock absorber first. It has rubber bushings at the ends that wear out and cause a rattle that can be heard at idle. The shock is not too difficult to replace.
Forum: Tech Help 11-09-2009, 11:32 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,265
Posted By John Plut
I agree that is probably the head gasket leaking....

I agree that is probably the head gasket leaking.

I had the same problem with my 1988 260e. I put off replacing the head gasket for two years after discovering that I could stop the leak by...
Forum: Tech Help 02-11-2009, 08:42 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 22,366
Posted By John Plut
Important Update!

I'm sorry, but I described the taper incorrectly in my last post.

The taper must be on the cylinder side so as you slide in the tool, it pushes it compresses the spring retainer. I'm looking at...
Forum: Tech Help 02-10-2009, 09:24 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 22,366
Posted By John Plut
Tool

The tool for removing the cylinder needs to have a bevel on it. I used a piece of metal coat hanger and filed a nice long bevel. A bike spoke might be too hard to file, but a grinder would probably...
Forum: Tech Help 01-02-2009, 10:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 709
Posted By John Plut
EHA Valve?

Just to throw another possibility out there: My '88 260 would hesitate badly in cold weather. Start up was fine, but as the coolant temp went up and the engine controls went to closed loop,...
Forum: Tech Help 12-02-2008, 08:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,636
Posted By John Plut
Chrome Tips

Forgot to include this on my last post.

I added stainless steel tips to my replacement muffler very inexpensively and really dressed it up. I found a short piece of stainless steel exhaust pipe...
Forum: Tech Help 12-02-2008, 08:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,636
Posted By John Plut
The original system is seamless and there is not...

The original system is seamless and there is not joint between the center and rear mufflers. The replacement parts have a slip on joint and clamp.

On my 1992 300e, I had to cut the pipe with a...
Forum: Tech Help 09-11-2008, 09:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,832
Posted By John Plut
Follow Up Posts

I'm really interested in hearing how the conductive paint works on repairing the airflow sensor pot.

I see that I was having a problem back in 2003 when I replaced the sensor pot in my 260e. That...
Forum: Tech Help 04-07-2008, 10:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,641
Posted By John Plut
If the door switch isn't the source of your...

If the door switch isn't the source of your problem, I would suspect the alternator brushes are worn down and not making good contact. The fact that your battery isn't charging properly points in...
Forum: Tech Help 04-07-2008, 08:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,405
Posted By John Plut
If I remember correctly, my Haynes manual has a...

If I remember correctly, my Haynes manual has a way to test the leakdown of the cam followers. The problem is you must remove them and test them all individually. It seems easier to just replace them.
Forum: Tech Help 04-06-2008, 09:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,405
Posted By John Plut
The M103 has small hydraulic "lifters", attached...

The M103 has small hydraulic "lifters", attached to the rocker arms. Over time they wear slightly and will cause a ticking noise on startup. The noise should disappear after 5 seconds or so. It the...
Forum: Tech Help 03-30-2008, 11:00 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,973
Posted By John Plut
Removing Drain Plug

Vise grips are worth a try to remove the stripped drain plug. I had one that was so rounded-off that I had to use a small pipe wrench to remove it.

Make sure to have a replacement plug on hand...
Forum: Tech Help 12-02-2007, 01:32 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 31,073
Posted By John Plut
I have searched on-line for one recently and was...

I have searched on-line for one recently and was told by everyone that they are no longer available. I think you can still purchase the entire airflow sensor but that is really expensive and much...
Forum: Tech Help 12-01-2007, 12:29 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,973
Posted By John Plut
You definitely need to apply the sealant to the...

You definitely need to apply the sealant to the ends of the strip gasket and the vertical face of the cover (that has no gasket). I used a thin film of sealant on the surface that mates with the...
Forum: Tech Help 11-30-2007, 11:17 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,973
Posted By John Plut
Upper Timing Cover

When I bought my '88 260e I knew it was leaking oil - hence the cheap price. As it turned out the only leak was the upper timing cover and I fixed it for less than $25.

It's not too difficult as...
Forum: Tech Help 10-26-2007, 10:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,058
Posted By John Plut
Airflow Sensor Potentiometer

Just to add another possibility to your long list:

My car was doing the same thing you describe - stalling at idle , when stopping, and rounding corners. The problem was the airflow sensor pot was...
Forum: Tech Help 10-26-2007, 10:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 29,937
Posted By John Plut
Head Gasket Failure

I recently replaced the head gasket on my '88 260e with m103 motor due to a slight external coolant leak.

After getting the old gasket off, I noticed that there were small holes in the gasket...
Forum: Tech Help 10-26-2007, 10:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,161
Posted By John Plut
Check Your Fan

I had a motor mount fail and beside the shaking/vibration at idle it sometimes made the noise you describe. Replacing the worn motor mount cured both.

I also noticed that the tips of the fan...
Forum: Tech Help 10-02-2007, 10:14 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 22,366
Posted By John Plut
Removing Core

The end of the wire has to be filed to a sharp taper so it wedges the detent to the side as it is inserted. I made a tool using a coat hanger bent into a "U" shape with the two ends filed to a...
Forum: Tech Help 08-29-2007, 10:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,474
Posted By John Plut
I had an irregular ticking on my '92 300e that...

I had an irregular ticking on my '92 300e that was caused by a loose tensioner shock.

The rubber bushings at the ends of the shock deteriorate and cause metal-to-metal rattle. A quick fix is to...
Forum: Tech Help 08-29-2007, 10:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 866
Posted By John Plut
500 rpm idle sounds a bit low. Idle speed shoud...

500 rpm idle sounds a bit low. Idle speed shoud be 600 or so and is maintained by the ECU and not adjustable. The idle air valve regulates the idle based on input from the ECU. The idle air valve...
Forum: Tech Help 08-29-2007, 10:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,370
Posted By John Plut
One More Thought

My '88 260 hesitated badly and was finally cured with a new EHA.

In my case the car ran fine when first started cold, would hesitate as it warmed up, and ran okay but had a rough idle when warm. ...
Forum: Tech Help 08-23-2007, 01:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 894
Posted By John Plut
Failied Motor Mounts

Your symptoms are classic for failed motor mounts.

The motor mount looks like solid rubber but actually has a fluid in the center. The fluid can leak out and cause the problems you describe. It is...
Forum: Tech Help 08-08-2007, 01:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 964
Posted By John Plut
Sounds Familiar

I had the idle air valve fail on an old Volvo while on a trip and fixed it with a pair of vice-grips pinched onto the air hose.

Sometimes you have to improvise.
Forum: Tech Help 08-07-2007, 11:27 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 666
Posted By John Plut
W124 Rear Lower Arm Bushing Replacement

I need to replace the rear lower suspension arm bushings in my '88 260e. The outer bushing (some call it a ball joint) is making a loud squeak whenever I get in or out of the car.

I bought a new...
Forum: Tech Help 08-07-2007, 01:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 745
Posted By John Plut
Tumbler Removal

As long as you can still turn the key you should not have a problem removing the tumblers. I used a wire coat hanger shaped in a "u" with the legs about 4" long. you then need to bevel the ends to...
Forum: Tech Help 08-07-2007, 01:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 729
Posted By John Plut
other things to check

A couple other things that could need replacing on a M103 of your vintage are the EHA valve and the airflow sensor pot.

When the EHA was bad on my car it would hesitate badly while warming up....
Forum: Tech Help 08-01-2007, 10:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,832
Posted By John Plut
Great Idea!

I was trying to think of some way to bridge the gap in the carbon trace but didn't know about the resistive ink. Where did you get it?
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