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Old 03-18-2008, 10:57 PM
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Can Somebody tell me what this tool is for?? 67 200D

I found this in the trunk on my car and was wondering what in the world it is for.
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Old 03-19-2008, 01:40 AM
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It's screwed into a wheel lug bolt hole to hold the wheel, instead of your foot.
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Old 03-19-2008, 03:15 AM
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actually it is an alignment pin for installing the wheel when changing a flat tire, if used properly it will align the lug holes of the wheel to the hub so the bolts can be easily started. you screw it in to the hub then put the wheel on
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Old 03-19-2008, 03:44 AM
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Extremely controversial item!!!

MB opted for lugbolts instead of lugnuts as i'm sure y'all know..... Whereas lugnut dowels got scuffed and damaged reinstalling wheels. Idea was *use* this miracle lugbolt tool to absorb and artificially replicate whatever thread scuffing previous lugnut systems had suffered.

Dunno anybody who's actually used this famous occult-classic fintail wheel lug alignment tool. Yet arguably its place in history is assured.
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Old 03-19-2008, 07:49 AM
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Extremely controversial item!!!

MB opted for lugbolts instead of lugnuts as i'm sure y'all know..... Whereas lugnut dowels got scuffed and damaged reinstalling wheels. Idea was *use* this miracle lugbolt tool to absorb and artificially replicate whatever thread scuffing previous lugnut systems had suffered.

Dunno anybody who's actually used this famous occult-classic fintail wheel lug alignment tool. Yet arguably its place in history is assured.

The alignment pin is included in most factory tool kits. Not sure about the newest, but W124 kits had them, and W126s.

After the second or third owner gets the car, if there is a tool kit at all, it's usually missing.

They are available, and cost less then ten bucks. New ones are Al not Fe.

Once you use one, you'll love it.

I have one in all the cars, plus a couple in my toolbox in the shop so I don't have to pull out the kit when swapping rims.

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Old 03-19-2008, 08:33 AM
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In about 30 benzes I have never seen one of those!

I have wished for one a few times though, but If I had one it would probably stay in the trunk. Its not that hard to get the wheels on if you look at it before you put it on.

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Old 03-19-2008, 09:24 AM
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In about 30 benzes I have never seen one of those!
Tom W
They have probably been thrown away buy the great unwashed previous owners.
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Old 03-19-2008, 10:01 AM
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Thats a lot of unwashed previous owners!

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Old 03-20-2008, 11:29 PM
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my 2004 C230 and 2005 C230 both have them in with the jack assembly
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1986 190E 2.3
1990 300 SE
2003 C230 K
2004 C230 K
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Old 03-20-2008, 11:43 PM
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My '96 E320 has one in its vestigal toolset. Seems some wheels are easier to put on and line up the holes than others. On my brother's 190E 16v with OZ wheels, you almost need the tool. Otherwise, the bother of using it only just offsets the bother of holding the wheel there with your foot as Chas H mentioned.
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Old 03-20-2008, 11:49 PM
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I bought one of those things. Sounds like a good idea, but, in actual use, it was more trouble than it was worth.
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