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Old 07-30-2001, 11:49 AM
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Friend's 1986 300E

His A/C compressor is leaking a ton. It needs to be replaced. What is a reasonable cost for this (parts and labor)? Should rebuilt parts be considered? His whole vacuum system also needs to be replaced. Additionally, his ABS sensors at all 4 wheels are shot. What is a normal cost for all of this stuff?

1988 Mercedes-Benz 260E
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Old 07-30-2001, 02:59 PM
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I had the same problems with my 300E when I bought it.

Mercedesshop had a rebuilt compressor/clutch for around $500, which is what I went for. But it may be as simple as seals - one on the speed sensor (back of compressor) and two where the compressor bolts to the manifold pipe. To see these with dye, you really need to take the undershield off and look from beneath.

I went ahead and did the R134 conversion which means you need two switches and a new expansion valve plus a drier bottle- this is a hot topic and there is a ton of posts on it.

I bought the sensors from Mercedes along with shocks for about $500. You need to upgrade the cables and the wear sensors and some other stuff if it has not been done. BUT - getting the sensors working led me to the next problem which was a an intermittent loss of power to the ABS computer.
Chuck Taylor
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Old 07-30-2001, 07:42 PM
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You should be able to purchase all of this from us. Just give Phil a call on the 1-888 number at the top of the screen!
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