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Old 08-22-2001, 04:16 PM
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Unhappy 92 190E 2.6 Sport Line Tension pulley

Can anyone offer some advise? I have to replace the tension pulley and shock. Where can I find detailed instructions and diagrams on how to do this? My dealer wanted over 800 USD to do this job and I said no way. So now I have to do. Can I purchase the parts discounted on line somewhere?
Please any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks..
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Old 08-22-2001, 04:54 PM
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I expect that you can get the parts from the parts shop here on mercedesshop.com. You might add to that the CD based manual on your car. If you get stuck, I expect a that a few posts here will get you out of trouble.

Good luck,
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Old 08-22-2001, 06:33 PM
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The belt tensioner shock is around $26 and the tensioner pulley is approx $14. I am not sure how much it costs at mercedesshop. regards
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Old 08-22-2001, 06:41 PM
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Does anyone know how hard or what is involved in installing? And what is an avg price to have these installed? Thanks a bunch.

BTW, BillyJoeBob, why does yours need replacement?
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Old 08-23-2001, 02:31 AM
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If you are just changing the pulley remove the belt and weasel a hex key into the bolt on the pulley. If is the tensioner assembly. It is a different story. The repair is very straightforward. I would suggest removing the radiator to gain clearance even though some may tell you it is not necessary. The radiator removal is a bit of a chore as there are two hidden small bolts at the bottom that attach the radiator to the a/c condenser which are difficult to remove. If I remember correctly, the power steering pump must be unbolted and wrestled out of the way and a bracket that attaches to the water pump. Definately replace the tensioner shock and serpentine belt while you are in there. The tensioner assembley is around $100 and the shock is about $12 and belt is about $35 USD. The belt is a piece of cake with the radiator out, and a real pain with the radiator in the car.
If you are a real glutton for punishment and a competent DIY mechanic you may consider water pump replacement while your in there. It is the next step if your water pump is suspect. Though you would be a genius to figure out how to get the water pump bolts out. It is extremly difficult to get those back water pump bolts if it is your first water pump on a 2.6.
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Old 08-23-2001, 10:30 AM
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Thanks to all that have replied.. I have purchased the parts from mercedesshop.com. the pulley was 117.50 and belt tensioner shock was 22.63 I also purchased the Mercedes CD based manual for my car.. I am an experienced DIY but only with Chevys not MB... The tensioner needs replacement because it the adjustment was all the way out as the MB shop told me.. But at 800 USD I'll try to repair it myself.. my next repair will be the Struts.. The shop says they are leaking ??
Anyone want to take a shot with info on how to do struts ?

Thanks again..

BJ
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Old 08-23-2001, 07:54 PM
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The struts are a piece of cake. Examine the strut mounts and purchase them if yours are badly cracked. You need to be really careful with the ABS wiring as there is a retaing clip that mounts on the strut. If you mishandle the ABS wiring you may be purchasing new sensor/cable assemblies. Also check your strut boots. You support the lower control control arm with a jack stand and remove the strut. Replacement is the reverse.
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Old 08-23-2001, 11:35 PM
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3 bolts on the top of the strut and thats it ??
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Old 08-24-2001, 01:40 AM
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Three fasteners on top are the strut mounts. The strut itself has a large nut and a hex key to keep it from turning. Now that I tink back one of the large nuts gave me a problem. I had to heat it with Mapp gas to get it to come off. It is very similar to replacing shocks.
A good illustration of this is in the Haynes Mercedes 190 manual. It covers most of the susension repairs and is worth the investment for you about $15 even though it says 1984 through 1988 it is basically the same.
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