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Old 03-10-2006, 05:01 PM
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New to the forum and new to MB

Just want to say hello to everyone. I recently purchased a 82 300SD with the intention of converting it to run on WVO (I currently have a 95 suburban that I converted last year and want to get my wife on WVO as well) I found a super clean one owner car a month ago and purchased it (155K miles). To my surprise I have every dealership service record on the car and the little old lady that owned it had every piece of paperwork from when she bought it new (to include master key, 2 valet keys, a flat key for your walley and a MB factory cassette instructional tape) All in all I think I found a get car that will last me a long time. I have found so many threads so far that have been helpful and look forward to being a part of the MB family.
One question for you guys. While driving today (1/4 tank of fuel) when I would either go over a rise in the road or take a turn to the right I would get a clunking/rattling sound from the passenger rear of the vehicle. I filled up with fuel and the sound seems to have gone away. Would anyone have an idea of what the culprit would be. Obviously the extra weight of the fuel has made the sound stop. Maybe a bad shock or spring?

1982 MB 300SD

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Old 03-10-2006, 05:53 PM
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It could be just that. Have you taken a looksie underneath? Sometimes the answer will stare you right in the face.

I had a clunking problem when I would take corners. I swear it sound like an exhaust problem. Everytime I looked under I saw nothing. Until one day the exhaust broke in two behind the resonator. Before it broke it would swing over so slightly and bang off the weights on the driveshaft.

BTW, sounds like a sweet deal. We like pictures here. (hint, hint)
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Old 03-10-2006, 06:12 PM
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Sounds like a great find there.
Where are you ?
and yeah the pics..........
'87 924S
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Sold ->

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Old 03-10-2006, 06:52 PM
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Welcome aboard!

Sounds like you got a nice find.
1981 300D 147k
1998 VW Jetta Tdi 320k
2001 Dodge Ram 2500 141k
1979 300D 234k (sold)
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Old 03-10-2006, 06:59 PM
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For the noise, take the back seat out and see if the cover for the shock on the right is off. It's just a plastic cap that's maybe 4 inches across, if it's off you get a lot of noise from that area. When I got my car I had the same thing and that was the culprit, I'm not sure if it was the open hole or the actual cap rattling around under the seat but that fixed my problem. Hope that helps.
1985 300D Turbo ~225k
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Old 03-10-2006, 10:16 PM
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also check

the anti sway bar link if the other things dont solve the prob. the links go out after a 150k or so and are cheap and easy to change. it also will feel kindof loosey goosey back there in a turn.

tom w

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..I also have a 427 Cobra replica with an aluminum chassis.
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