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Old 08-27-2002, 01:10 AM
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Unhappy 400E problems

Well, my beloved 400E is starting to give me more and more problems, I've hit over 160K so far. I barely know anything compared the people in this forum and I need more help again. I just got the car back from the dealer (Ganely in Akron Ohio) to get the belt tensioner replaced, 450 dollars!!! Anyway, i was looking at the engine today when I got home and those two big black tubes that run from the engine on both sides were not connected properly, the right side was barely hanging on and it seemed like it just wore out. I tried to put them back together as best as I could but they are still not connected properly. Can anyone tell me what they are and if its really important? Shoudl I be as paranoid as I am right now? Between the belt tensioner and the AC, i've spent over 1K on this car in the last month and really hate to put too much more in it. I'm actually looking for a good place to take it because I'm not that satsified with Ganely anymore. Thanks. I've attached some pics, they are blurry but i hope they help
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Old 08-27-2002, 01:12 AM
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Doesn't seem like my pics were posted, here is a link to them...

http://www.pbase.com/image/4214693

and if you're bored, pics of my 400E and ML320, i have to clean the S500 sometime and put it up as well.

http://www.pbase.com/vijay008/the_mercedes_collection
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Old 08-27-2002, 02:01 AM
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Air Intake tubes

Those are your air intake tubes which deliver fresh air via the small crevices around your headlights into the intake system
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Old 08-27-2002, 10:49 AM
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those hose designs have been improved and you want to get some new ones.
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Old 08-27-2002, 12:45 PM
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Alright, how much do they cost and is pretty easy to install? I can do basics in a car like change the oil and change a flat but that's pretty much my only experience
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Old 08-27-2002, 12:58 PM
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I Just called the "Stealer"

They're $35 ea in Houston Tx.
BUT I'M SURE UNCLE PHIL(PartsShop) CAN GET THEM FOR YOU FOR LESS>>>HINT!,HINT!
Each dealer seems to regulate their own prices. I once paid $2 for a little grummet that one dealer ship gave me for free and another charged me .50 for
As for installation.....10 seconds tops(yes seconds)
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Old 08-27-2002, 04:06 PM
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Cool, I've already asked for a price request, thanks a lot. I need to keep this car in shape because I plan on driving it for years to come. Does anyone around here know of a good shop/dealer in Northeastern Ohio or around Columbus? I go to school at OSU so it wouldn't matter to me where I got the work done.
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