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Old 07-18-2000, 02:06 AM
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I have a 1979 300D that we purchased early this year. It has a vacuum pump from a later engine (only 1 vacuum line exiting the punp) that was put on it about 35K miles ago. Last week the whole pump let go- upon inspection, both large metal discs inside the pump were shattered, though all pieces are large and accounted for, nothing got into the timing chain..
The follower bearings and check valves are still good. Is this a common failure mode in these pumps?
Should I go back to the original '79 style pump? The previous owner was told that this later pump was the better of the two.
Does anyone know who has the best price on a Mercedes-Benz replacement? The one that came off the car was made in Spain, and they do not deserve a second chance.
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Old 07-18-2000, 04:14 AM
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welcome to the club.
I've been told that the vacuum pump
lasts a long time. On the average..
anyway replacement $190-325 depending on
engine number.
Maybe a rebuild kit $55 ?
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the rain in spain falls mainly on the plain!
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1989 300SE
1995 C280
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Old 07-18-2000, 08:38 AM
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The pump on my 240D went over 500,000 miles with zero attention. When it let go the bearing almost got in the engine.

I believe that if the mechanical portion including the bearing and arm are tight and smooth, a rebuild kit would be okay. But always keep in mind the possible consequences of a roller/arm failure. It could cost you an engine.

Good luck,

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'84 Euro 240D, 523K miles
'88 300E 5 Speed
'81 300D Daughter's Car
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Old 07-18-2000, 11:16 PM
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The rebuild kit that went into my vacuum pump was made in Spain. This made me think that the pump was made there too, but this could be just coincidence. Mine so far has lasted an additional 40+k after the original 140k.

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07/73 280 160k
-88 other 153k
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Old 07-20-2000, 03:21 AM
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try silverstarrecycling.com
from sacramento, ca.
good luck

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Old 07-20-2000, 07:53 AM
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Larry,

I hadn't thought about it until I read your post. The new pump I put on my 240D was made in Spain.

Larry
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