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Old 02-10-2003, 01:16 PM
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W126 brake job - illustrated

I have illustrated the job on my web site - go to 'Cars' - 'Technical'.

This includes new brake disks, pads, wear sensors, repacking the wheel bearings and brake bleeding, so it's rather lengthy, but you can just choose the pieces you need if, say, you are just changing the pads.

This was on my 1990 560SEL with ABS, but without ASR.

Please heed the legal warnings. I'm sorry that I have to include them.

Enjoy!
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Old 02-10-2003, 01:42 PM
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great website

Thomas,

That website is great. I like how you step thru each part with clear concise instruction and pics. Us DIY'ers appreciate that.

I have bookmarked your site and I will be checking it out for other procedures.

Thanks again.
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Old 02-12-2003, 12:39 PM
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I made one small change....

....to Picture 46 of 62, to show the correct placement of the dial gauge when measuring play.

Please make sure to take note of this when doing the job.
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Old 02-12-2003, 05:09 PM
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Bravo!

Thomas, once again, a clear, organised, and methodical illustration.

I'm telling you man, you might be a thoracic surgeon, or a nuclear physicist, but you may have missed your true calling in life! These illustrated guides are works of art.

I was waiting for Bert to show up in the slides, and notices he merely pronounces his satisfaction in slide 62. He didn't make any other appearances throughout the job?

My only suggestion might be this - when you show the bleeding of the brakes at the very end, put in a recommendation that complete brake fluid replacment might be necessary as Mercedes requires brake fluid to be replaced every two years.

Because of this, I usually go ahead and flush out my brake fluid when doing front or rear brakes.
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Old 02-12-2003, 05:23 PM
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Thanks, Paul

I added a comment to slide 56. Should have remembered to put this in.

With annual flushes, I have yet to lose a master cylinder. You can get away with doing this without removing the wheels, but I find it easier to take them off and check the pads and rotors while I'm at it, especially as the dust shields on the front axle render the rotor invisible through the wheels.

Bertie was too preoccupied trying to pick up our one year old son's lunch droppings to help.
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Old 02-12-2003, 06:17 PM
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Great pictures and information, Thanks
Did your wife take the pictures, if so, how do you get her to help you, my wife just shakes her head-no-no-no!

enjoy your drive, timreid
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Old 02-12-2003, 06:45 PM
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I take the pix - I want to stay married.

She can't understand why I bother....
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Old 02-12-2003, 06:46 PM
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Good site

Where do we send the money for the poplar tool?
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Old 02-12-2003, 07:01 PM
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Used notes please.

Finally, a taker!
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Old 02-12-2003, 07:51 PM
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sorry Thomas

Sorry Thomas, don't mean to undermine your business but.....

I have the exact same poplar tool for alot less....Only $500.00 And that includes shipping!
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Old 02-12-2003, 09:18 PM
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GREAT WORK!!!

One thing (sorry, web developer by trade), the page titles have HTML tags in them.

Thanks again for your contribution to the MB cause!
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Old 02-13-2003, 01:51 AM
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Exclamation T H A N K Y O U ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

This undertaking is just exceptional! Truly one of the most selfless and helpful acts you could perform for the many of us who comb this forum seeking to learn more about our MBs.

Thank you for your extraordinary efforts on our behalf!
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Old 02-13-2003, 11:35 AM
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GREAT WORK!!!
Thanks for the kind words.


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One thing (sorry, web developer by trade), the page titles have HTML tags in them.

Thanks again for your contribution to the MB cause!


That's a bit over my head as I am not a programmer. Could you please explain what you mean. the implications and the fix? (I would have sent you a private email but you are not set up to receive these).

Thanks.
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Old 02-13-2003, 12:44 PM
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Thomas,

Would that be a Leica M3 w/Dual Range Summicron on your Home page?

The greatest camera every created!
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Old 02-13-2003, 01:47 PM
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It's an M2/DR, but I agree on the M3 - have now used mine for 35 years.

Check here for some eye candy. No, none of these is mine, sadly.

M3 stuff at the 'Color' and 'Monochrome' tabs.
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