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Old 12-05-2009, 01:42 AM
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400E leak and starter noise

Getting ready to start work on the 92 400E I picked up. First problems I need to tackle are a leak at the front left of the car {looks like PS fluid?} And a strange loud whinding grinding noise when starting the car. Other than that, the car runs good. Is there anything else I should do/check to start off with I figure fluids/plugs/filter?? O ya the belt is real loose my budy noticed could this be causing the start up problem? Lastly what is the general opinion on seafoaming through the Intake man and a engine flush??

I'd also like to say thanks to the masses out there for there great input on these great cars!!!!!
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Old 12-05-2009, 10:21 AM
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What mileage?

First I'll answer your last question. No seafoam or additives. I'd change it and put Mobil-1 15W50 oil in the engine. Filters- ps fluid is special. Trans fluid and filter (drain the tq converter).
Yes, you probably have a leaky PS pump. Return hose can be purcahased by the meter. I think the PS pump it's ussually an o-ring or front seal. Can be done, takes a while. MB dealership is probably the best place to get the parts for that.
Loose belt? Sounds like a failed belt tensioner. I'd pull the and inspect stuff. Probably could an idler bearing etc.
Sicne you just purchased the car- might want to measure the motor mounts- they are probably colapsed. Plugs make sure you use the right plugs(no platniums or resistors)... get them at the dealer $3 each.
Starter- you'll have to just pull it and see what is going on..

I've just got one too- should be here on Tuesday.

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