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Old 07-10-2006, 04:05 PM
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The upper crank support unit has a sealant between the block, the lower oil pan and the piece. So to remove, clean and reseal the unit you will have to remove the radiator, the pulley, the balancer, the front seal and the front crank bearing. Clean the support piece. Use a sealant, Mercedes has this specific sealant. Mercedes part # A003 989 98 20 10. Also while your doing this you should replace the crank centering bearing and front crank seal.
Here's the bad part. Reinstalling the upper support requires a special tool. to align the upper half so it is centered on the lower half. This is so the front crank seal will not leak. I was able to borrow the dealers unit for this job. Can it be done without the tool? Probably. Just make sure the upper and lower edge where the crank seal goes are aligned as much as possible. The tool also centers the upper support to the crank shaft center. ( Sir tool does sell it M716-0014. go to the top and click on "Special tool" and go to page11, item 617-0014)
Remember to mark you balancer for reinstalling. Not 1-2 degree specific, just don't want it 180 degrees out. I positioned it as carefully as possible, aligning the 2 holes on either side of the shaft, and then drove the 2 small aligning cylinders into the receiving holes. Some of the small cylinder material may shave off as you install them.
While your doing all this work consider replacing all the accessories seals on the front of the block. Vacuum pump, Hydraulic pump (if SLS), Timing chain rail access bolts, TDC holding bracket bolt sealant. These are potential leak points and your there anyway.
Here is a post on the job I did on the 300TD.

http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/showthread.php?t=135541&highlight=front+crank+seal+dave

Dave
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