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Old 01-21-2003, 08:23 PM
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86 300E Clutch bad..Remove eng?

or just pull out the tranny? Is the pilot bearing bronze or roller? Any good upgraded cluth options for the 86 300E 5 spd? Anyone done it before? War stories? Any info on success or failure would be great!!! Scott
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Old 01-21-2003, 10:25 PM
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300E Clutch

Just pull the transmission. Pilot is a ball bearing. Stock clutch is fine. Should take 3 hours if you have a lift to work under.
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Old 01-22-2003, 08:22 AM
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There is a detailed step-by-step in the W124 Haynes manual. I personally would not attempt it without a lift.
Chuck Taylor
Falls Church VA
'66 200, '66 230SL, '96 SL500. Sold: '81 380SL, '86 300E, '72 250C, '95 C220, 3 '84 280SL's '90 420SEL, '72 280SE, '73 280C, '78 280SE, '70 280SL, '77 450SL, '85 380SL, '87 560SL, '85 380SL, '72 350SL, '96 S500 Coupe
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Old 01-22-2003, 11:56 AM
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Sorry man. I dread that day.
I just bought the Haynes manual from a UK bookshop for around $30 net. I like it. The simplified wiring diagrams are particularly useful.
This was the best price I could find:

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1986 300E 5-Speed 240k mi.
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