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Old 12-27-2000, 07:22 PM
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I have a BIG PROBLEM...
My fan clutch bearing bracket has failed.
the trouble is I am 500 miles from home without the funds to fix. I removed the serpentine belt and the fan and pulley fell out!!! Is it possible to use a shorter belt and eliminate the fan altogether? How to route? Hell I couldn't figure out ho to get it back the normal way!! Maybe a belt from another car?
Time is critical. I need to leave no later than Friday morning. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Bradley W. Buer
Chillicothe OH (stuck in VA)
1987 190e 2.6

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Old 12-27-2000, 08:44 PM
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There is a large MB only salvage yard in Frederick, MD which can help you in your dilemma and probably has the parts you need ASAP. They can ship one day to you by UPS and get you on the road again. Call Potomac German Auto or Email them. Don't have the info to do so here at this time but Good Luck...
Tobias MB
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Old 12-27-2000, 10:44 PM
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Here is harebrained idea, but what the heck....From what I have gathered, the pulley itself almost never fails in service. When the belt tension is removed, they fall apart. Can you have the bracket welded and then "stuff the pulley" back together? You could then limp home, keeping a watchful eye on the temp and a frequent look under the hood?

I recently replaced my serpentine belt and did the pulley at the same time at the suggestion of a MB tech. This was a very very good suggestion!

Your only other choice is to stand at a busy intersection with a sign, "will work for food". But you better hide the car, it is hard to take someone serious who is sitting on the hood of a MB!

But seriously, good luck. If I had any parts for this car, I would gladly have sent them to you. Why don't you post your local contact info incase there are any good Samaritans in that area?

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Old 12-28-2000, 09:14 AM
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The Potomac German phone # is 800-831-7686...good luck

Tobias MB
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Old 12-28-2000, 09:48 AM
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BWBuer, where are you stuck at in Virginia.
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Old 01-02-2001, 08:46 AM
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So what happened? Don't leave us in suspense!

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