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Old 09-02-2003, 11:07 PM
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That has been started here: Repair Tips, Short-Cuts. However, good tips. How do you lube a side mirror?

Is it worth paying a tech to lube your sunroof, or do it yourself? What is the average cost with $55 in labor an hour to do that?

Edited to add: Thats odd. I post this after he does, and its above his. Odd indeed.

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Old 09-02-2003, 11:14 PM
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I've seen this before where posts are out of synch. I think it has to do with preference settings for the individual users, in other word the wrong time zone is selected. But Bill Wood, the Webmaster, says that they've seen this happen where they know the zones are correct, some sort of a glitch. I wouldn't sweat it too much.

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You'd change your time zone by hitting the "user cp" icon, then on the next page hit the "edit options" icon. Scroll half-way down to the "date and Time options" area. Adjust the "Time offset" to the area you are in.

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Old 09-02-2003, 11:50 PM
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The little things.

Hey all,

I work all day and have a 45 mile commute each way. My car needs to be ready to roll each morning, which means larger repairs and maintence tasks are often farmed out to the professionals. But, there are some little things one can do to make the car perform/look a little nicer which do not require a 30 minute shower afterwards. Whether these simple tasks be inside the car or out, they are simple. Here is my list:

1. Clean your antenna mast. I use WD40 on a cloth - gets all the dirt off and allows for smoother operation.

2. Lube your driver side mirror so it can be adjusted easily.

3. Tighten the bolts which anchor the front seats- they loosen over time.

4. Lubricate doors to quite annoying creaking noises when opening and closing.

5. Use needle to clean windshield washer nozzles.

6. Gently clean wiper blades.

7. Purchase a CD player cleaner disk and use it once a month. If you have a Becker replace it immedialtely. Seriously.

8. Replace headlight washer blades before those new euro lights get scratched.

9. Lube sunroof tracks and wind deflector assembly.

10. Change it hot and often! No excuse not to!


Anyone else have any good tips? Perhaps this could be a usefull thread as there are little things which sometimes get neglected.

Mike

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Old 09-03-2003, 12:39 AM
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Thanks Gilly.
Seems my time setting was off. Thanks for the tip. Any maintenance/care suggestions?

To lube the side mirror, simply fold back and spray internal workings with WD40, while moving mirror back and forth to assure all metal pieces are reached.

As for the sunroof, I simply visited my local independent and asked for his can of sunroof lubricant. Apply to tracks and use a spry lubricant to lubricate deflector hinges.

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Old 09-03-2003, 12:44 AM
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Fold back? I have an early w126 body, and as far as I know they dont fold. Any diagrams or pictures you could provide so that I know what you are talking about?

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Old 09-03-2003, 12:57 AM
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Yeah, they'll pivot back and forth. I recommend just folding back (towards the side glass). They don't lock into place, but they are spring loaded.

Power antennas are best cared for by extending it fully and wiping it down with a paper towel soaked in transmission fluid.
Make SURE the antenna is retracted before washing the car, especially those of you that use automatic car washes. Not a bad idea to relube the antenna after a wash or after a long road trip.

For those of us that "hand wash only", if your car is driven in harsh winter environments, a good chassis flush is required every spring. Usually the automatic washes will tend to keep the chassis in good shape, assuming you always get the chassis flush feature with the wash job. It will be tough for the hand-washers to find someplace that will do a thourough(sp) spring chassis flush. Possibly a "premium" car wash business in your area can do this for you.

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