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Old 02-17-2001, 02:14 PM
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Why, Thank You...

Well, I try to be creative, and I'd like to think that I sometimes crack somebody up, but the truth is that I have also ended up locking horns with a few people on this forum from time to time. If someone posts some comment that I feel requires rebuttal, I just can't help myself. What can I say? I enjoy debate... :p

We're all interested enough in our cars that we spend a reasonable amount of time asking questions, sharing experience, and (hopefully) correcting misconceptions here on this forum. I try to make sure that I put a lot of research into information before I contribute it here.

This has become a daily addiction for me. I check my email every day, and when I do, there's always updates to threads listed there. This leads me to read the updates, make (I hope) appropriate comments, and check out new postings.

What really annoys me is when I'm telling someone about something I read on this forum, or about a current thread under discussion, and that person makes some comment about information on the internet being unreliable, or how people intentionally leave inaccurate information on forums just as "taggers" leave spray painted grafitti on public and private property. UUUUGGGGHHHHHH!!!!

As to battery tray placement, the W126 was built after the W116, and if Mercedes chose to move the battery back by the firewall, they did it for a reason. My guess would be that it was primarily for safety in the event of a collision.

And after reading Gary's post again, I may owe him an apology. The way it reads to me, he was suggesting having the battery sprayed, but if he meant to indicate having the tray, and the area under the battery sprayed, I could understand that. But Gary, seek help anyway just to be sure.
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Old 02-17-2001, 08:10 PM
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Is it 'safe' to remove the battery?

I've been meaning to get around to taking out my '87 2-litre 190E's battery as the tray is looking a little rusted at the edges.

Is it OK to just disconnect and remove it or do I need to worry about the engine ECU/management computer losing its settings?

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Old 02-18-2001, 12:17 AM
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Yes Mo if you disconnect the battery you will loose stored memory.
You can beat the rascal with little effort and cost.
Go to a Radio Shack Store and purchase one each:
cigarette lighter plug
9 volt battery terminal
9 volt battery
Solder the two leads or each together keeping the polarity correct.
The center of the plug is positive and is soldered to the plus wire of the 9 volt terminal.
You can tell which is positive by looking at the battery as you plug the terminal and battery together.
The remaining leads must be the negative or Ground.
Attach the battery to the terminal.
With the ignition "OFF" plug your little El Cheapo memory saver into the cigarette lighter plug.
Remove the battery.
The stored memory will remain for a short time.
Turn the ignition switch to the "RUN" position.
The reverse voltage flow will maintain the memory for you.
Pretty simple, huh?
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Old 02-18-2001, 12:26 AM
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Longston, it's me, Patsy.
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Old 02-18-2001, 12:57 AM
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Hey Longstongue

I think I saw an M&M winking at you.
You better watcha you face!
Happy Trails Beep Beep from Houston!!!
You can wink at me if you want
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Old 02-18-2001, 01:27 AM
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Glad to see you're back Patsy. We'd have definitely recognized you if you'da put the oldies in your signature.
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Old 02-18-2001, 01:34 AM
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Yeah, Patsy, what happened to "keepin those 70's oldies alive"?
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Old 02-18-2001, 01:44 AM
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P A T S Y ! ! !

I KNEW it was you, I just was being a discreet gentleman and respecting a lady's right to change her mind, identity, haircolor, or whatever else she chooses, by not acknowledging that I knew it was you... ( I was just about to email you)

It seems that Mike and "Sensuous John" (and if you don't understand why I call him that, go to the "Valentine's Day" post in the Detail Shop), were among those who also missed you!

W E L C O M E B A C K !!!!! And, please don't EVER leave us again, 'K? snif...
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Awww...Shucks fellas...

AND, here's one for you Donald,


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Old 02-18-2001, 08:35 AM
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Thanks for the tip Donald, boy am I glad I didn't just hoik that battery out assuming all would be OK!

Out of interest, what happens if the ECU memory gets lost following a power down - does the engine refuse to start or run rough, and how long or how many miles does it take for the memory to restore itself? Or does one have to pay an MB dealer a tidy sum to get it refreshed?

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