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Old 08-17-2002, 07:33 PM
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Can't figure out engine number

Hi guys,

Well got my car together today for the first time in a couple of months. Traveling a bunch for work. Anyway, I bent the "Heating Return Pipe" and I am trying to order a new one. I need the seal (o-ring) that goes with it.

I need my engine code. I did search and found postings that said look on motor near oil pan on passenger's side. I found the stamp, cleaned it and still had big trouble reading it.

Looked like 118 01 or 118 09, did not seem like enough digits.

My vin is: WDBEA26E4NB769970 Can anyone help me.

I want to order the new pipe ASAP.
It's the pipe that bolts onto / into the water pump and passes under the distributor cap across the front of the motor. Driveway covered with coolant.

Thanks again,
Joel
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Old 08-17-2002, 10:45 PM
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Joel:
This is your 300E 2.6 (or 260E), so I am unsure why you are posting this in the Diesel Forum.
Your engine number is a 103.940, I am unsure right now where the entire engine number is on a 103, but I think it's either on the top of the block directly behind the cylinder head, or on the drivers side of the block near the motor mount bracket.
An easier way is to look in your owners manual packet and find the warranty book. In the back of this book, just inside the back cover is a blue on white sheet which says I believe "Warrtungsheft" on the top, this has the whole engine serial number on it, just look it over, you'll find it, it's the number that starts with "103940"

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Old 08-18-2002, 08:41 AM
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HI Gilly,

Thank you very much, found the stinking number right in the book where you said it would be.

I need to order a heating water return pipe and needed my engine series number. There is was in the back of my Maintenance Booklet, just like you said.

Thanks again Gilly,
Joel
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Old 08-18-2002, 09:56 AM
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Great Joel. I always say Warranty Book, I guess because I was told "Wartungsheft" roughly translates to "Warranty Sheet" and I think it should be in the Warranty Book, why the Maintenance Book? Maybe to make it easier for people in the shop to locate it, not sure.
Is the pipe you're talking about on the front of the engine? That's supply, not return, I think you'll find there is only 1 kind available now anyways. The o-ring you need is pretty common, we usually just asl for "a gray o-ring", they use it on both places on the engine where the coolant pipe enter, both on the water pump and the left rear corner of the head.

Gilly
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Old 08-18-2002, 06:22 PM
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Heating Return Pipe

HI Gilly,

The manual refers to the pipe as the Heating Return Pipe. It's the pipe that bolts to the water pump and crosses infront of the engine, just under the distributor cap, and just under the belt.

I just replaced the top timing chain cover lip seal, rotor, cap, etc. I did not see the bolt that held the pipe to the block. I took off the bolt that held the pipe to the water pump and then fought with the thing (unaware of bolted to block) and bent it trying to get it off. Then noticed bolt to block, undid and surprise the pipe came right off.

Tried to bend it back by hand, but the o-ring did not look good to begin with and when I put it back together and started the car it leaked. Glad car started though, at least I got the ignition stuff together correctly.

I will call fastlane tomorrow to order, I am having trouble figuring out what the part number is.

Thanks again Gilly,
Joel
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