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Old 07-05-2000, 02:33 PM
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I got the impression that changing the door check strap was fairly easy but I'm stuck now. I got door lining off.

But the bolt that holds the check strap to the body is what I am struggling with. How does one get that bolt out so I can slip the new check strap in???

Are there any special tools I need to remove it? Please help before I take off anymore paint around the area!! I've hammered, used pliers, screwdrivers...etc.

Please show me the light!!!!

thanks,
Michael Chan

1989 190E 2.6L 87000mi
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Old 07-05-2000, 04:30 PM
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I'm checking the CD now, Michael. I have taken mine off, but can't remember any snags that should have made it difficult.

- John

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'85 190E 2.3L 99k mi.
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Old 07-05-2000, 04:41 PM
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Yes, I remember now. There is a protective sleeve on the bottom of the pin where the strap is attached to the subframe. MB recommends a special tool to remove it, which basically looked like a small chisel. I remember using a cold steel chisel to gently tap the pin protector out. It did not take a lot of force, so take your time. Work on the bottom...and when the clip comes off, then just pop the pin out.

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Old 07-05-2000, 05:18 PM
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Thanks for doing the research Darius. The protective sleeve is not the same as the metal washer that came out pretty easily using my fingernail.

That's my last question before I go back to finish the job.

Thanks a million again for your willingness to help!!

Michael Chan
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Old 07-06-2000, 03:41 PM
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I have now changed all 4 door straps. Here are the steps I used with help from Darius.

1. Take off door lining
2. Unbolt the 3 bolts to the door strap
3. Pull out the metal washer clip
4. Use heavy hammer and strike upwards against the bottom of the pin.
5. Use something like a screwdriver to finish delivering the pin out of the slot.
6. Reach inside the door unit to remove the old door strap.

Re-install is a bit more tricky actually...if anyone needs that info, please e-mail me. I'm sure there are many variations of the theme.

Thanks again for your help!!!
Thunk..what a wonderful sound!

Michael Chan
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Old 07-07-2000, 10:00 AM
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Michael,

The best part is that I have to do my own check strap repair again this weekend...and now, I won't even have to try and remember what I did last time - I will just follow the steps.
Last time, btw, I actually disassembled the strap, taking out the ball bearings and the spring and seeing where the defective part failed. I just haven't had the time to order the replacement and get it shipped in till this week.
Glad that all worked out!


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Old 07-07-2000, 11:56 AM
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Good luck with the strap Darius...

I'm sure it'll all come back to you once you start with the job. Once I got good at it each door was about 15-20 minutes. Let me know if you need any advice since its still fresh in my head.

Michael Chan
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