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10-01-2018, 12:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,046
Posted By MarcusF

1) I'd​​​ check the auxiliary fans. That's done...

1) I'd​​​ check the auxiliary fans. That's done by starting the car, pressing and holding both auto AC buttons, and seeing if the auxiliary fans turn on. They're loud and hard to miss.

2 & 3) If...
07-19-2018, 10:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 664
Posted By MarcusF

In the U.S., the CLK55 was introduced in 2001. ...

In the U.S., the CLK55 was introduced in 2001. The automatic day/night rear view mirror was standard for the 2001 CLK320/430/55.
07-15-2018, 12:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 936
Posted By MarcusF

All U.S. spec CLK430s have AMG bodywork.

All U.S. spec CLK430s have AMG bodywork.
07-11-2018, 01:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 863
Posted By MarcusF

This covers just about everything...

This covers just about everything (https://view.publitas.com/fitzhugh-media/southwest-star-magazine-2018-1st-quarter-1/page/62)
07-10-2018, 01:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 863
Posted By MarcusF

The radio was obsolete when new. 15 years later...

The radio was obsolete when new. 15 years later it's really time to replace it. I replaced mine a long time ago. A new head unit with Android Auto or Apple car play will make you realize just how...
08-29-2017, 11:58 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 12,645
Posted By MarcusF

The 55 springs are different. I have a set of OE...

The 55 springs are different. I have a set of OE CLK55 springs and a set of OE CLK430 springs. This isn't guesswork on my part.
03-15-2017, 12:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 625
Posted By MarcusF

It may be minor, or the body shop may be waiting...

It may be minor, or the body shop may be waiting to get it torn apart before telling the insurance company that it's going to be 250% of the original estimate. Then again, the insurance company may...
01-29-2017, 01:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,420
Posted By MarcusF

I changed my PS fluid some time back. I think...

I changed my PS fluid some time back. I think it's worthwhile maintenance as the pump retails for $585. I paid $10 for a quart of MB PS fluid. That's about half the price of MB OE (Fuchs) ATF. ...
01-14-2017, 06:23 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 702
Posted By MarcusF

ME 2.8 was introduced in 2001, so your car's...

ME 2.8 was introduced in 2001, so your car's electronics will support a 500 or 55, but the OE ECU isn't equipped to support the variable valve timing in the 63 or 550. Also, if you get a 500 or a...
12-17-2016, 09:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 949
Posted By MarcusF

Thanks to AZNOptics, I'm happy now. So what was...

Thanks to AZNOptics, I'm happy now. So what was the fuss about? Lights that match. When I first got this car 13 years ago, my HIDs were white, while my city lights and fogs had a yellowish tinge. ...
12-15-2016, 11:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,203
Posted By MarcusF

The U.S. didn't receive the CLK55 until the 2001...

The U.S. didn't receive the CLK55 until the 2001 model year, so all CLK55s have ME 2.8. The bump in compression came with the 209. The 55 TBs are all the same part number, so they're the same size,...
12-13-2016, 11:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 436
Posted By MarcusF

Oil should be changed once a year, even with...

Oil should be changed once a year, even with ultra low mileage. Brake fluid is every two years, regardless of mileage. In SoCal mobile repair shops can touch up minor damage at your home or office....
12-04-2016, 10:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 875
Posted By MarcusF

Things are going great. Thanks again for your OE...

Things are going great. Thanks again for your OE springs. That comes up more often than you'd imagine. People ask and I tell them, "Those are Chappy's OE 208 AMG springs that no one would buy way...
11-30-2016, 11:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 875
Posted By MarcusF

Headers will not make your car quieter AND if you...

Headers will not make your car quieter AND if you take your car to a state sponsored STAR station (like I'm forced to do), they won't check.

The car isn't even run during the test. It's a DAD OBD...
11-30-2016, 12:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 669
Posted By MarcusF

When a plug is indexed, the opening is pointed at...

When a plug is indexed, the opening is pointed at the valves. This is opposed to having the ground electrode sitting between the spark and the air fuel mixture (having the opening pointed away from...
10-27-2016, 02:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 949
Posted By MarcusF

I found it here...

I found it here (http://www.aznoptics.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_8&products_id=98). For some reason, right clicking the text and selecting "go to" as well as cutting and pasting...
10-11-2016, 12:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 524
Posted By MarcusF

If this were a CLK, I'd say the system doesn't...

If this were a CLK, I'd say the system doesn't have enough Freon. I don't know what's normal for a 1995 C36, but on my 2002 CLK #7, the Freon pressure sensor, reads as follows:
Start the car, turn...
10-06-2016, 01:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 532
Posted By MarcusF

Congrats on the new car

Congrats on the new car
09-22-2016, 01:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 628
Posted By MarcusF

It sounds like you're not a DIY type, which is a...

It sounds like you're not a DIY type, which is a shame. When new, these were $50K+ vehicles. Age doesn't make maintenance any cheaper. You may benefit from never seeing you current mechanic again...
09-14-2016, 03:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,452
Posted By MarcusF

The dealer wants $700. You said $400 of the bill...

The dealer wants $700. You said $400 of the bill is for parts. So the dealer want's $300 in labor, OR you can pay them $145 for the diagnostics and pick up the car. Basically, you're asking if you...
09-08-2016, 12:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,549
Posted By MarcusF

The fuel tank is a saddlebag design. Meaning,...

The fuel tank is a saddlebag design. Meaning, one half of the tank is on one side, and the other half is on the other. When sitting in the car, the left rear is where you should look. Remove the...
08-27-2016, 02:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 731
Posted By MarcusF

You can make your own stands and use a floor jack...

You can make your own stands and use a floor jack to set the car on them. I made the stands below. This is an 8-inch lift and handles most tasks (Motor mounts, trans mounts, radiator, etc.). I...
08-23-2016, 02:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 376
Posted By MarcusF

The high beam enclosures have both the parking...

The high beam enclosures have both the parking lights and the high beams.

If you need new bulbs for the parking lights, you may want to contact AZN OPTICS - they have great bulbs at great...
08-22-2016, 12:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,052
Posted By MarcusF

After changing head units, I was never prompted...

After changing head units, I was never prompted for a code. My Alpine doesn’t have a code.’



Sorry, I don't know about Axxess steering wheel interfaces. I used PAC's SWI-CAN2 and SWI-JACK.
08-19-2016, 05:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 423
Posted By MarcusF

Does the pump make noise? If there's no noise...

Does the pump make noise? If there's no noise from the pump, it may be electrical. In that case, I'd start with the fuse (which may end up showing that the washer fluid pump has a short). If the...
08-04-2016, 08:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 580
Posted By MarcusF

Five bills Canadian is about right. It's $350...

Five bills Canadian is about right. It's $350 U.S. from Safelite. For the bumper cover, you can pick up a used one and either paint it yourself or have it shot. Rear disks are $31 per side for ATE...
07-10-2016, 11:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 845
Posted By MarcusF

Painted my car

Not the whole car, just cleaned up a spot.

A few months back I was rolling down the freeway and heard / felt a bang. When I got where I was going, I had a combination scratch and ding. The first...
06-29-2016, 12:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 499
Posted By MarcusF

I don't think a good damper should go bad in 18...

I don't think a good damper should go bad in 18 months, but you never know. You may want to drop one side of the damper and compress it by hand. You'll be able to tell if it's gone soft.

Also,...
06-24-2016, 02:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,686
Posted By MarcusF

I misnamed the ignition? It sounds like you're...

I misnamed the ignition? It sounds like you're in over your head. MSD is an acronym that stands for multiple spark discharge. In this case it's a type of ignition system, its not the "name". ...
Forum: W210 AMG
06-15-2016, 10:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,719
Posted By MarcusF

As previously stated, the 430 and 55 NA engines...

As previously stated, the 430 and 55 NA engines have very little in common. Different cranks, pistons, blocks, cams, and rockers. My 2012 EPC shows

The 320, 430, 500, and 55 (non-K) engines all...
06-11-2016, 03:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 777
Posted By MarcusF

With the door shut, press the up button for the...

With the door shut, press the up button for the window until the window is closed and hold the button for another 2 seconds after the window is shut. The $2,200 tool isn't required.
06-07-2016, 01:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,126
Posted By MarcusF

DAMN THE W208 FORUM IS SLOW

There was a time when a tech thread on the W208 forum would have sparked some action. At least 20+ posts.

OK, I'll give an opinion and someone can beat me across the head with their set of facts...
06-03-2016, 12:16 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 9,900
Posted By MarcusF

Way back when, I wrote about the W208...

Way back when, I wrote about the W208 (https://view.publitas.com/fitzhugh-media/southwest-star-magazine-2015-4th-quarter-toc/page/40-41)'s double wishbone being a better design than the W209's...
05-06-2016, 11:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,546
Posted By MarcusF

I used to have that problem. It wouldn't happen...

I used to have that problem. It wouldn't happen in NV or AZ, but happened regularly in CA. It gradually got worse. I fixed the canister and the problem instantly stopped. It's been years since I did...
05-04-2016, 12:52 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,952
Posted By MarcusF

All hat? Come on man, let’s not be so hard on...

All hat? Come on man, let’s not be so hard on the guy. This dropout started a company while in school and I use his stuff all the time. :D
...
03-11-2016, 12:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 851
Posted By MarcusF

The US spec OE tires (Michelin or Continental)...

The US spec OE tires (Michelin or Continental) were 225/45/17 & 245/40/17. Front to rear, the difference in revs per mile was less than 1%. Even with factory tires, the cruise could disengage at...
03-05-2016, 12:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,336
Posted By MarcusF

It's "possible", but it will be spotted with a...

It's "possible", but it will be spotted with a dealer PPI. On a W209, the odometer reading is stored in two well known places - the instrument cluster and the EIS (Electronic Ignition Switch). ...
11-15-2015, 07:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,251
Posted By MarcusF

The post was confusing because Valvoline uses the...

The post was confusing because Valvoline uses the name Maxlife for their antifreeze, motor oil, and ATF.

@OP -
MB specifies lists of gear oils that won't cause the transmission to seize here...
08-19-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,036
Posted By MarcusF

If you want a 55, you may not be satisfied making...

If you want a 55, you may not be satisfied making due with a 430. And if its speed you’re interested in, the 430 is a second choice. The 55 is faster. Noticeably faster. You’re starting with an...
07-02-2014, 09:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,188
Posted By MarcusF

Two ideas come to mind. Maybe three. Do the...

Two ideas come to mind. Maybe three. Do the fuse trick. Pull half the fuses and see if the battery dies overnight.
If not,put in HALF of the remaining fuses the next night.
If so, put in all...
01-15-2014, 01:11 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 19,555
Posted By MarcusF

Unless the 430 is a 2001 or 2002, I wouldn’t...

Unless the 430 is a 2001 or 2002, I wouldn’t consider it. The 55 comes with the heated multicontour front seats and rain-sensing wipers standard, plus I’ve never seen a 55 without Xenons. That...
12-30-2013, 01:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,983
Posted By MarcusF

@OP - When you have more than two questions, it...

@OP - When you have more than two questions, it may be better to number them. Here’s an example
1. Can a bad radiator take out my transmission?

2. Does the AC impact performance?

3. Why does...
11-03-2013, 01:08 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 16,011
Posted By MarcusF

Mercedes-Benz does not produce service/repair...

Mercedes-Benz does not produce service/repair manuals in a standard book format. They supply it electronically in a product called the WIS. The Workshop Information System (WIS) has all the technical...
09-05-2013, 04:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 50,387
Posted By MarcusF

You're right, I got the Nm to lb-ft conversion...

You're right, I got the Nm to lb-ft conversion all wrong in my last post.

Per the WIS, the spec for the idler pulley bolt is 20 Nm (14.75 lb-ft). The WIS shows the bolt as an M7x25. One...
09-03-2012, 12:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,201
Posted By MarcusF

The one downside of the W208 suspension design is...

The one downside of the W208 suspension design is its archaic recirculating ball steering. Most vehicles with a rack and pinion unit will provide more steering feel. If the steering feels exceedingly...
12-27-2011, 11:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 7,367
Posted By MarcusF

If it's the WIS I supplied, Open DVD 1 and...

If it's the WIS I supplied,
Open DVD 1 and double-click on 'Mercedes Wis Key Generator'
Select Application as WIS
Enter LAN ID as shown at the top of the 'License-Overview' window
Click on...
06-03-2010, 01:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 7,415
Posted By MarcusF

I put this together when I did mine....

I put this together when I did mine. (http://www.marcusfitzhugh.com/CLK/DIY/headunit2.html)
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