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05-12-2016, 06:43 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 69,391
Posted By vettdvr

never heard of it, get part numbers and research...

never heard of it, get part numbers and research part numbers.
11-11-2015, 04:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,750
Posted By vettdvr

The rear air bags can crack where the rubber...

The rear air bags can crack where the rubber folds on the bottom. The crack will not let enough air out to sag when you drive it frequently because the compressor can keep up. The problem will...
11-11-2015, 04:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,151
Posted By vettdvr

Make sure it isn't a ball joint squeak, mine...

Make sure it isn't a ball joint squeak, mine started at 65,000 and I had the joints replaced.
10-27-2015, 09:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 330
Posted By vettdvr

Check your owners manual.

Check your owners manual.
10-23-2015, 09:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,196
Posted By vettdvr

If the spindle has worn off the fine machine...

If the spindle has worn off the fine machine grooves and shows any sign of spinning/welding you should consider replacement. USE ONLY OEM MB part in this application even if you can find a x ref...
10-13-2015, 04:56 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 28,238
Posted By vettdvr

My wife agrees with you when our car came up with...

My wife agrees with you when our car came up with brake failure stop now all red warning the brake pedal was like pushing a brick with no movement. She was lucky and able to steer to the shoulder...
09-30-2015, 06:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,532
Posted By vettdvr

The air spring can crack in the fold at the...

The air spring can crack in the fold at the bottom and seal the hole. Then as the temps drop at night lower enough to allow the crack to open. My $$ is on a rear air spring with crack that will get...
08-30-2015, 02:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 11,125
Posted By vettdvr

I always had a uneven tire wear pattern until I...

I always had a uneven tire wear pattern until I sold the car.
08-29-2015, 10:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,185
Posted By vettdvr

:eek: washer fluid? Spilled is drink after...

:eek: washer fluid? Spilled is drink after looking at it?:eek:

I still think the INS won't total.
08-27-2015, 10:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,185
Posted By vettdvr

My guess if the frame didn't twist it is...

My guess if the frame didn't twist it is repairable. Most of the front clip is sacrificial in a collision to protect the occupant. I think the Insurance will go for repair.

I'll bet you could...
08-21-2015, 10:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 33,987
Posted By vettdvr

Dawn dishwashing detergent is a better surfactant...

Dawn dishwashing detergent is a better surfactant for removing oil than Tide.
08-16-2015, 02:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 543
Posted By vettdvr

Fixed caliper floating dual pistons I never lube...

Fixed caliper floating dual pistons I never lube the slide pins at the top of the pad. They should remain relatively centered with little movement due to the one piston on each side design.
07-26-2015, 08:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 877
Posted By vettdvr

Actually I did replace a bearing only with a...

Actually I did replace a bearing only with a equivalent bearing from a local bearing supplier. There is a molded ridge that keeps the bearing in the plastic pulley. I put the pulley in my lathe...
07-13-2015, 03:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 16,868
Posted By vettdvr

If the center pivot arm on the tensioner is worn...

If the center pivot arm on the tensioner is worn it can allow the pulley to be misaligned with the bearings in the pulley still good. My corvette had that problem. I changed the entire tensioner...
07-12-2015, 03:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 16,868
Posted By vettdvr

You will have continued belt failure until you...

You will have continued belt failure until you get the pulleys all aligned. What ever the cause needs correction.
07-03-2015, 10:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,824
Posted By vettdvr

Perhaps we should just use the data from True...

Perhaps we should just use the data from True Delta on Reliability reports or Consumer Reports, to get out the movie making magic and deal with facts and repairs / mile in repair cost vs other...
07-03-2015, 08:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 685
Posted By vettdvr

Airsprings can lead where the fold is at the...

Airsprings can lead where the fold is at the bottom of the spring making it hard to find. There is also the possibility of air leak on the accumulator inside the right rear fender. There is a line...
06-27-2015, 08:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,298
Posted By vettdvr

Yes they are weak. I upgraded the bulbs to...

Yes they are weak. I upgraded the bulbs to brightstar for brighter lights. Caution if you use incorrect bulbs they can trip out the circuit.
06-27-2015, 08:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 814
Posted By vettdvr

sounds normal to me

sounds normal to me
06-10-2015, 04:57 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 24,892
Posted By vettdvr

Put it on, plug it in and lower the car so when...

Put it on, plug it in and lower the car so when the car is powered up it will sense the low strut. It will then automatically add air. Don't lower it all the way just enough to below normal ride...
05-28-2015, 05:17 PM
Replies: 210
Views: 76,090
Posted By vettdvr

My E500 stranded me 3 times Starter failure ...

My E500 stranded me 3 times

Starter failure
SBC "stop now" failure
Airmatic strut failure collapsing on the wheel.

Guess everyone else had a better car.
05-26-2015, 05:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 14,679
Posted By vettdvr

I try not to say someone is not telling the truth...

I try not to say someone is not telling the truth because I can't in fact prove it. From liability issues however I can state that I would not buy a bridge into NY for any discount price, nor do I...
05-23-2015, 09:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 826
Posted By vettdvr

Its a plastic thing a ma jig.

Its a plastic thing a ma jig.
05-04-2015, 09:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 733
Posted By vettdvr

Assume nothing. Just because you installed a CPS...

Assume nothing. Just because you installed a CPS doesn't mean it works, connected solidly, and you will have to run codes to find more details.
04-26-2015, 08:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 855
Posted By vettdvr

I would normally agree but for $65000 in 2003 I...

I would normally agree but for $65000 in 2003 I expected MB to maintain it's reputation for reliability. The fact it took until 2008/9 just shows how much they had their head in the sand and ignored...
04-25-2015, 09:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 855
Posted By vettdvr

I feel your pain. I had a W211 E500 and had...

I feel your pain. I had a W211 E500 and had failure after failure and all the ones covered on this site. I went out of town on vac and had both power steering fail and the battery control module...
04-23-2015, 08:53 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,248
Posted By vettdvr

AMG gave very good review of tires. I paid big...

AMG gave very good review of tires. I paid big $$ to learn what he published.
The safe way is to go to the show room and see what is on the NEW MB. Buy that exact tire if you want to maintain a...
04-19-2015, 08:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 7,755
Posted By vettdvr

Buyer beware is a good tip here. I would be...

Buyer beware is a good tip here. I would be running away. :eek:
04-19-2015, 08:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 733
Posted By vettdvr

The plugs in my airplane engine also last a long...

The plugs in my airplane engine also last a long time however the resistor internally can break down/open and the plug still fire. This causes current to be too high in the circuit leading to other...
04-19-2015, 08:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 733
Posted By vettdvr

Yes I put the dielectric grease on each plug wire...

Yes I put the dielectric grease on each plug wire cap to seal out moisture and make it easier to remove. Good point. :y
04-18-2015, 10:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 733
Posted By vettdvr

Plugs don't go bad in the box or in your engine...

Plugs don't go bad in the box or in your engine when not running.

However it is possible for the plug thread to seize in the head and pull the threads out with the plug. I changed mine early...
03-19-2015, 12:50 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 69,391
Posted By vettdvr

I put my $$ on blown bad on right front strut.

I put my $$ on blown bad on right front strut.
03-13-2015, 09:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,319
Posted By vettdvr

Under the rear seat attached to fuel sending unit...

Under the rear seat attached to fuel sending unit inside the fuel tank
02-18-2015, 06:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 484
Posted By vettdvr

Make sure you are pushing it into the dipstick...

Make sure you are pushing it into the dipstick and not the transmission tube.
02-15-2015, 04:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,423
Posted By vettdvr

Heater water valve, Ignition switch Front...

Heater water valve,
Ignition switch
Front airmatic
Rear airsprings
Airmatic compressor
SBC brakes
Lighter inside ash tray
Door locks
Battery control Module
Alignment needed camber bolts
02-15-2015, 04:11 PM
Replies: 523
Views: 414,344
Posted By vettdvr

Your can won't know the difference in a electron...

Your can won't know the difference in a electron out of a AGM or wet cell if it has the correct amount of volts and amps. However some battery cases are more likely to vent gasses or leak. This...
02-13-2015, 10:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,423
Posted By vettdvr

My E500 2003 bought new sold at 125000 miles had...

My E500 2003 bought new sold at 125000 miles had about $20,000 in warranty work plus normal maintenance over 9 years so you can do the math.
02-08-2015, 04:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 752
Posted By vettdvr

Use a small center punch with sharp point. Make...

Use a small center punch with sharp point. Make a dimple in the center of the broken bolt. Use a very short center drill with small bit size about 1/8" This will not flex and move around when you...
02-05-2015, 08:45 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,158
Posted By vettdvr

What we don't know is, fuel pressure? Can you...

What we don't know is, fuel pressure? Can you put a gauge on the rail and verify pressure while cranking.
02-04-2015, 02:20 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,158
Posted By vettdvr

The hall effect sensor is basically a coil of...

The hall effect sensor is basically a coil of very small wire that when a magnet mounted in a rotating device such as flywheel cam etc passes close to the sensor a small pulsating signal it produced....
02-01-2015, 12:01 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,696
Posted By vettdvr

I found that only Michelins' or the Conti would...

I found that only Michelins' or the Conti would run smooth for the life of the tire. Check into the details and you will find MOST tires, and my guess is the ones you are driving on now have Made IN...
02-01-2015, 08:32 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,696
Posted By vettdvr

Those were the numbers I worked with my alignment...

Those were the numbers I worked with my alignment guy to set for the car to drive straight. Doesn't mean it will work for every car but I also had the caster bolts.

Pulling with camber set...
01-31-2015, 08:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 560
Posted By vettdvr

You have come to the same conclusion I did. ...

You have come to the same conclusion I did. Sorry you had to find out the $$$$ way.
01-27-2015, 04:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 631
Posted By vettdvr

The brake sensor will trigger a visit workshop...

The brake sensor will trigger a visit workshop brake indication when the pads have about 50% of the wear left. I found on mine I could go longer and not risk anything. In 135000 miles I never...
01-27-2015, 04:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 788
Posted By vettdvr

x2

x2
01-22-2015, 10:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 675
Posted By vettdvr

3 mounts, 2 engine 1 transmission. Bearings have...

3 mounts, 2 engine 1 transmission. Bearings have a specific preload set. Normally in inch pounds of preload. No reason to be in a bearing unless you had a problem, they were working to solve or...
01-11-2015, 08:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 789
Posted By vettdvr

Be sure to get the Arnott discount code before...

Be sure to get the Arnott discount code before you place an order.
01-11-2015, 08:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,154
Posted By vettdvr

You are probably right on both counts.

You are probably right on both counts.
01-08-2015, 09:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,154
Posted By vettdvr

Does the tac show changes in rpm after you change...

Does the tac show changes in rpm after you change gears while holding cruise speed?
01-02-2015, 02:33 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 188,375
Posted By vettdvr

They need $$. :smash:

They need $$.
:smash:
01-01-2015, 10:51 PM
Replies: 582
Views: 116,896
Posted By vettdvr

X2 I already sold mine for the same reasons you...

X2 I already sold mine for the same reasons you covered.
01-01-2015, 10:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,154
Posted By vettdvr

Motor mounts. If you drive it does it smooth out....

Motor mounts. If you drive it does it smooth out. If so you probably can drive it. I did when mine failed at 80,000 miles.
12-31-2014, 12:08 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 188,375
Posted By vettdvr

A few years ago in German 5 ltrs of synthetic oil...

A few years ago in German 5 ltrs of synthetic oil was about E 145 so that would about match your price.

However oil is about $50/bbl US and we dont' see oil prices going down either because...
12-27-2014, 10:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 603
Posted By vettdvr

Take more pictures with air cleaner off.

Take more pictures with air cleaner off.
12-18-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,479
Posted By vettdvr

I did not skew any data, only pointed out issues...

I did not skew any data, only pointed out issues to research. Buyer beware, If you fail to research and buy anyway, I wish you the best.

My data that I do provide is based on my sample of...
12-17-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,479
Posted By vettdvr

Just look at the problems in this site and list...

Just look at the problems in this site and list them. Be sure to check recall on the 6 cyl, SBC brakes, electrical issues. They you decide.
12-17-2014, 09:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,377
Posted By vettdvr

Fix it right at MB open your wallet or park it...

Fix it right at MB open your wallet or park it are the only two options. IT IS possible for an independent shop to repair it but would be just a parts swap out and hope they got it right. The...
12-14-2014, 09:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,391
Posted By vettdvr

You won't have to adjust ride height.

You won't have to adjust ride height.
12-14-2014, 09:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 603
Posted By vettdvr

Fix, painless and Mercedes doesn't seem to fit in...

Fix, painless and Mercedes doesn't seem to fit in the same sentence.
12-14-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 12,660
Posted By vettdvr

IF you bought an identical bearing and it doesn't...

IF you bought an identical bearing and it doesn't have the Mercedes chamfer on the inner race it will bind up when tightened and not seat properly.
12-09-2014, 10:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 701
Posted By vettdvr

Don't worry the right front bad / strut will fail...

Don't worry the right front bad / strut will fail soon. Then the left. You might as well research how to change them and Arnott for replacements.
12-05-2014, 07:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 626
Posted By vettdvr

Plug the holes with silicon switch to Led's or...

Plug the holes with silicon switch to Led's or buy new lights.
12-04-2014, 08:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,173
Posted By vettdvr

IF the car doesn't have weight on the wheels and...

IF the car doesn't have weight on the wheels and you spin it the bearing is not loaded and it may not make the noise, Doesn't mean it isnt' bad.
12-04-2014, 08:07 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 32,325
Posted By vettdvr

Not unless you got a written document at the time...

Not unless you got a written document at the time of install.

Cars without SBC don't have a problem.
12-04-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 483
Posted By vettdvr

IF you get water in the grill it is possible to...

IF you get water in the grill it is possible to have water ingestion and repairs would be engine R and R.
12-02-2014, 08:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,502
Posted By vettdvr

My E500 did not have a clutch on the compressor.

My E500 did not have a clutch on the compressor.
11-28-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,211
Posted By vettdvr

My 2003 E500 had the battery control module in...

My 2003 E500 had the battery control module in the trunk by the spare tire fail killing the battery every night. Just throw $100 bills at it and you can solve it.


battery control module part...
11-26-2014, 10:11 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 10,173
Posted By vettdvr

Make 78 you can run either type of battery but...

Make 78 you can run either type of battery but the AGM came in my car new. I have seen both used successfully.
11-20-2014, 09:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 621
Posted By vettdvr

Do a search you will find all the details, but...

Do a search you will find all the details, but quick dirty.. power everything off unplug. But search to find details.
11-12-2014, 08:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 683
Posted By vettdvr

Keep this simple Measure the rotor thickness and...

Keep this simple Measure the rotor thickness and use a dial indicator for run out. If less than .004 run out and you have the thickness within spec, they are in spec use the rotors. Why worry...
11-12-2014, 08:45 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,927
Posted By vettdvr

I would not switch. What is unknown is the...

I would not switch. What is unknown is the effect of switching on o rings/seals and other parts in the system. You might find the system inop after using for a while. Why take the chance? SBC...
11-06-2014, 08:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 971
Posted By vettdvr

You've answered your question. It is a fuel...

You've answered your question. It is a fuel issue. Pump and relay didn't fix it. So how about the other logic items in the system. You will have to find out all the inputs and check each one. If...
11-03-2014, 08:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 971
Posted By vettdvr

You will have to run codes. New sensor doesn't...

You will have to run codes. New sensor doesn't mean it is good. After the sensor sends a signal to the computer the engine is turning the fuel pump is sent a signal to stay on. IF the signal is...
10-11-2014, 09:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 787
Posted By vettdvr

Change you Power Steering fluid.

Change you Power Steering fluid.
10-11-2014, 09:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,058
Posted By vettdvr

I used one full can and a little extra. I...

I used one full can and a little extra. I flushed with a motive power flush until the fluid was clear at the cylinders. The fluid in the master cylinder was also clear so the entire top to bottom...
10-06-2014, 10:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,370
Posted By vettdvr

NAPA carries it but you might have to ask at the...

NAPA carries it but you might have to ask at the counter. When I bought it they said it walked off the shelves if they left it out.
10-02-2014, 04:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 921
Posted By vettdvr

I fixed my SBC brakes and airmatics with new...

I fixed my SBC brakes and airmatics with new Chrysler 300C 5.7 Black
10-02-2014, 04:07 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 32,325
Posted By vettdvr

My new Chrysler 300 C 5.7 V8 will never have an...

My new Chrysler 300 C 5.7 V8 will never have an SBC failure
09-26-2014, 09:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,617
Posted By vettdvr

If the rear are low and the front is not the...

If the rear are low and the front is not the compressor is working. You have a leak in the rear airbag system. It might be the line to the accumulator surge tank but my guess is the bags have a...
09-22-2014, 07:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,616
Posted By vettdvr

X 2 = :eek:

X 2 = :eek:
09-19-2014, 09:14 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,284
Posted By vettdvr

I think it is the knibiling pin connected to the...

I think it is the knibiling pin connected to the whatyamacalal it bar. :D
09-18-2014, 08:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,284
Posted By vettdvr

It is hard to diagnose from the printed word, but...

It is hard to diagnose from the printed word, but don't overlook your power steering pump. I found the fluid needed to be changed to keep it working properly. No I didn't drain it, I only suctioned...
09-07-2014, 11:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,465
Posted By vettdvr

The problem is your drill can slip and drill the...

The problem is your drill can slip and drill the plastic, You must use a rigid drill not hand drill and drill very slowly to start the hole. You could add a external strap bolted on as a new...
09-07-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,953
Posted By vettdvr

Thanks I didn't realize the V8 had that much room...

Thanks I didn't realize the V8 had that much room up front.
09-06-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 654
Posted By vettdvr

I switched from M1 to Penn Ultra when I found the...

I switched from M1 to Penn Ultra when I found the Mobile 1 did not meet the warranty requirements for my new engine.
09-06-2014, 09:59 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,613
Posted By vettdvr

The fluid will last the life of the...

The fluid will last the life of the transmission.:smash:

However if you want the transmission to last longer change the fluid with the correct type as listed in the owners manual.:)

Otherwise...
09-05-2014, 08:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 845
Posted By vettdvr

When I did my actuator the spring was not...

When I did my actuator the spring was not available as it is now in after market.
09-05-2014, 08:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,348
Posted By vettdvr

At 150,000 miles change coolant, hoses, water...

At 150,000 miles change coolant, hoses, water pump and (belt tensioners if you have not already done so).
09-04-2014, 09:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,953
Posted By vettdvr

Ever wonder why so many Mercedes...

Ever wonder why so many Mercedes motor/transmission mounts fail when other brands dont' fail at such a high rate.? In 50 yrs of driving I only replaced mounts in 2 cars. One was a race car the...
09-04-2014, 09:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 845
Posted By vettdvr

Replace the lock actuator. Some just need a bit...

Replace the lock actuator. Some just need a bit of lube on the actuator. This is not a complex fix but does require pulling the door panel.
09-02-2014, 09:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,953
Posted By vettdvr

My E500 had to have the manifold pulled also the...

My E500 had to have the manifold pulled also the top bolt can't be reached with the manifold in place.
08-28-2014, 06:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 497
Posted By vettdvr

A fully charged battery that only shows 10.7...

A fully charged battery that only shows 10.7 volts without cranking the engine is way too low to start. If you fall below 11.0 V with starter engaged you will have difficulty starting.
08-24-2014, 09:06 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 26,980
Posted By vettdvr

Your only option is to do what I did. File a...

Your only option is to do what I did. File a complaint on NTSB highway for the car, sell it buy something else. This braking system and airmatic failures are what brought me to the decision of...
08-22-2014, 01:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,613
Posted By vettdvr

x 2 :)

x 2 :)
08-21-2014, 08:26 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 426
Posted By vettdvr

Not only can the bearings be bad but the pivot...

Not only can the bearings be bad but the pivot pin on the tensioner can wear and cause a misalignment. It is also possible the belt has hardened. My guess is if you check the back side of the...
08-11-2014, 08:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 525
Posted By vettdvr

CV joint rear axle

CV joint rear axle
08-10-2014, 08:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,351
Posted By vettdvr

Most a/c systems that are not totally enclosed...

Most a/c systems that are not totally enclosed such as a refrigerator use a mechanical seal. Some are carbon disc with ceramic disc. They wear in and seal very well in modern car a/c. They do...
08-09-2014, 08:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 858
Posted By vettdvr

It probably won't throw a code but would give a...

It probably won't throw a code but would give a check brake type alarm. Almost all cars do. Just open hood and check the fluid, be SURE to use the correct fluid in the owners manual failure to use...
08-09-2014, 08:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,265
Posted By vettdvr

Check your Freon

Check your Freon
08-09-2014, 08:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,102
Posted By vettdvr

big leak

big leak
08-07-2014, 08:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,394
Posted By vettdvr

The air spring can fail while driving and drop...

The air spring can fail while driving and drop the car, the SBC brakes can fail and have very high pedal pressure. I had my E500 put on a flat bed truck 3 times for these issues.

The really big...
08-07-2014, 08:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,177
Posted By vettdvr

If the pump was bad the other 3 would not stay...

If the pump was bad the other 3 would not stay up. IT only adds pressure when one is low and the only time might be if you did service on the system. I think the pump changed out was still good,...
08-07-2014, 08:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 858
Posted By vettdvr

Make sure the brake fluid is full.

Make sure the brake fluid is full.
08-07-2014, 08:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 787
Posted By vettdvr

If parked does it go down over night? Dont'...

If parked does it go down over night? Dont' forget a charging system problem might be the cause.
08-05-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,374
Posted By vettdvr

The suction hose goes into the dip stick tube. ...

The suction hose goes into the dip stick tube.

The Mityvac has a pump where you pull a vacuum on the unit.

If you use a non'fleece paper filter you must change oil at a conventional oil...
08-05-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 569
Posted By vettdvr

Low freon

Low freon
08-04-2014, 10:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 858
Posted By vettdvr

About $10.00 if you do it.

About $10.00 if you do it.
08-02-2014, 07:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 623
Posted By vettdvr

I would just monitor the coolant and if it is...

I would just monitor the coolant and if it is questionable change it with approved coolant. Just make sure you aren't losing or gaining coolant level.
08-02-2014, 07:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,374
Posted By vettdvr

I changed with approved oil and filter at 14,000...

I changed with approved oil and filter at 14,000 miles using the mity vac and sold the car at 125,000 with ZERO engine issues.
08-02-2014, 08:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 682
Posted By vettdvr

Loose ball joint or sway bar. Check those. ...

Loose ball joint or sway bar. Check those. Probably not a strut if you have airmatic.
08-02-2014, 08:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,374
Posted By vettdvr

Buy the Mityvac and do the job under the hood in...

Buy the Mityvac and do the job under the hood in 20 minutes. I never jacked again for oil change after the Mityvac
08-01-2014, 08:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,803
Posted By vettdvr

Air Mass Sensor............Mass Air Flow,, both...

Air Mass Sensor............Mass Air Flow,, both preform same function but which brand of car and type determine the name.

They both measure the volume of air entering the engine, send a signal to...
07-27-2014, 08:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 781
Posted By vettdvr

The computer codes will show misfire if a plug is...

The computer codes will show misfire if a plug is failing. It can be for a list of reasons.

I changed my plugs at 85,000 just to make sure they didn't seize in the head.
07-25-2014, 07:56 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,848
Posted By vettdvr

I changed my own TX fluid at home,, using MB...

I changed my own TX fluid at home,, using MB filters AND fluid. There is an aftermarket fluid that will work but why do all the work to x reference, just use MB fluid for your transmission and it is...
07-25-2014, 07:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,246
Posted By vettdvr

You can't remove the top mount bolt due to the...

You can't remove the top mount bolt due to the clearance between the engine mount and exhaust manifold. check yours to be sure,, You may have to remove the exhaust manifold also.
07-24-2014, 07:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,394
Posted By vettdvr

After Katrina I learned about insurance. ...

After Katrina I learned about insurance. Premiums must be paid on time in full but payments can drag out over years and in some cases equal 50 % of loss. Now just don't ask for any details we...
07-23-2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,394
Posted By vettdvr

If you hit something your extended warranty won't...

If you hit something your extended warranty won't cover you have to call you car ins co.
IF YOU KNOW YOU HIT SOMETHING and it happened call the ins co. If you don't know for sure I recommend...
07-21-2014, 07:24 PM
Replies: 523
Views: 414,344
Posted By vettdvr

Did you have a AGM replacement or a wet cell...

Did you have a AGM replacement or a wet cell replacement. Both are in the same size for the MB. If what you bought DID NOT SAY AGM ON IT, it isn't agm and you can have the issues you are seeing.
07-21-2014, 08:23 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,848
Posted By vettdvr

If it needs changing change it. Dirty fluid...

If it needs changing change it. Dirty fluid doesn't help anything. You will also be changing the filter.
07-19-2014, 10:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 723
Posted By vettdvr

Yes it can but you MUST have the air purged with...

Yes it can but you MUST have the air purged with some procedure. for a shop it might be as simple as a pressure flush from the master cyl to the wheels. I dont' know how to do it but it is possible.
07-17-2014, 08:40 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 38,108
Posted By vettdvr

You might just need pads or adding brake fluid.

You might just need pads or adding brake fluid.
07-15-2014, 07:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 10,727
Posted By vettdvr

The Hall effect sensor that picks up the pulse...

The Hall effect sensor that picks up the pulse wave from the tooth gear and sends the signal to the central processor to determine if the engine is running to keep the fuel pump by powering the fuel...
07-14-2014, 08:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,173
Posted By vettdvr

Are your tires cupped out on the inside of the...

Are your tires cupped out on the inside of the tread?
07-11-2014, 08:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,803
Posted By vettdvr

It really doesn't matter the brand of car when...

It really doesn't matter the brand of car when using closed loop fuel injection for problem solving. Codes are really important. Now to answer the question how can a loose bolt cause a rich mixture....
07-11-2014, 08:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 10,282
Posted By vettdvr

Mine had the charcoal filter under the dash and...

Mine had the charcoal filter under the dash and paper under the hood for the A/C I changed them at 50,000 also.
07-11-2014, 08:02 AM
Replies: 210
Views: 76,090
Posted By vettdvr

From the moderate rating I would look into the...

From the moderate rating I would look into the why / what is failing and cost. After owning one and selling with it having moderate I would never buy a MB with moderate.
07-10-2014, 08:20 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 25,913
Posted By vettdvr

I took my E500 2003 to the dealer for service at...

I took my E500 2003 to the dealer for service at 80,000 asked to have the fuel filter changed, they said not to change until 125,000 miles so I didn't change it, At 125000 I sold the car.
07-09-2014, 09:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,803
Posted By vettdvr

YOU must get the codes. They will tell you O2,...

YOU must get the codes. They will tell you O2, Injector, MAF, or other issues.
07-08-2014, 02:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,869
Posted By vettdvr

Mechanical issues don't hide, they only become...

Mechanical issues don't hide, they only become difficult to find.

If you have looked everywhere for the problem can't find anything and haven't repaired anything. It's still there you just...
07-08-2014, 08:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,869
Posted By vettdvr

You must have parked too close to another Mb and...

You must have parked too close to another Mb and yours wasn't vaccinated. :smash:
07-08-2014, 08:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 720
Posted By vettdvr

If I remember correctly the manual states if over...

If I remember correctly the manual states if over 50,000 miles and one fails replace both.
07-07-2014, 07:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 720
Posted By vettdvr

The rear has air springs. IF they sold you a...

The rear has air springs. IF they sold you a strut/shock that won't fix the problem because ride height is controlled by the air spring. IF it were a front a air spring/strut would be the problem. ...
07-06-2014, 08:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,354
Posted By vettdvr

O2 sensors

O2 sensors
07-06-2014, 08:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,869
Posted By vettdvr

ball joints

ball joints
07-03-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,406
Posted By vettdvr

You should not have a + / - issue. I also...

You should not have a + / - issue.
I also experienced the sudden neutral when my 03 was about 2 yrs old. I had to stop, shutdown, restart and it never did it again. I was doing full throttle...
06-27-2014, 08:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 780
Posted By vettdvr

YES!.. No warranty as car was considered...

YES!.. No warranty as car was considered totaled. The mfg doesn't have a clue what was done to make it serviceable therefore no warranty. :nix:
06-27-2014, 08:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,190
Posted By vettdvr

Struts yes. Did the compressor burn out. It is...

Struts yes. Did the compressor burn out. It is possible if you drove on leaking struts without having it repaired.

Front Axles? why? are the bearings bad on both axles? How did that happen? ...
06-22-2014, 08:30 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 467
Posted By vettdvr

???????????? I used NGK in mine for 125000 miles...

???????????? I used NGK in mine for 125000 miles and only changed at 80,000. Put back in OEM plugs, Why change wires if they aren't broken?
06-20-2014, 08:27 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,607
Posted By vettdvr

The warranty was 10 yrs from in service date on...

The warranty was 10 yrs from in service date on SBC. If you are past that expect to pay for the repairs. :eek:
06-19-2014, 08:51 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,607
Posted By vettdvr

Welcome to owning a MB. Write a check have it...

Welcome to owning a MB. Write a check have it repaired.
06-19-2014, 08:49 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 32,325
Posted By vettdvr

I had total SBC failure and was also able to...

I had total SBC failure and was also able to stop. The car was put on flat bed sent to dealer for repairs. My issue is I never / ever had any vehicle have total brake failure using conventional...
06-18-2014, 05:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,075
Posted By vettdvr

Take it to the dealer and find out. Don't play...

Take it to the dealer and find out. Don't play with gas inside the car.
06-18-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,607
Posted By vettdvr

You are correct, but I question MB on "is service...

You are correct, but I question MB on "is service and reputation important to MB" They gave me great service, but I won't buy another. Read also on the fuel leak inside the car for another...
06-18-2014, 05:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,688
Posted By vettdvr

The MB compressor does not use a clutch and has...

The MB compressor does not use a clutch and has no "cutout" cycle switch that would normally be in the low pressure line. This is why you should vacuum liquid charge the system.
06-18-2014, 09:20 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,607
Posted By vettdvr

This isn't negative but just a statement of...

This isn't negative but just a statement of facts. We may not like the facts but the car was brought in AFTER the warranty expired. It was by choice and having or not having the time doesn't...
06-18-2014, 09:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,688
Posted By vettdvr

With vac on the system with the a/c off I have...

With vac on the system with the a/c off I have done a wet charge on other a/c systems. The way I would do it would be to turn can upside down and open it the liquid Freon will go into the vacuum and...
06-15-2014, 08:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 759
Posted By vettdvr

I changed my own oil and once got the same alarm...

I changed my own oil and once got the same alarm after parking on a slope. If it is blinking but not staying on, I would just drive it and you will use a small amount of oil eventually and it will...
06-14-2014, 08:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 38,941
Posted By vettdvr

Check fuel tank leakage and I think you will...

Check fuel tank leakage and I think you will answer your own question.
06-12-2014, 08:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,657
Posted By vettdvr

Mobile 1 European Formula 0w40 will meet your...

Mobile 1 European Formula 0w40 will meet your spec. Use Mann fleece filters or MB filters.
06-11-2014, 08:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,953
Posted By vettdvr

Very thin super glue (from hobby) shop with a...

Very thin super glue (from hobby) shop with a capillary tube will work as I described.
06-11-2014, 08:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 876
Posted By vettdvr

Always put oil on the o - rings before you...

Always put oil on the o - rings before you install the cap and it will be easier to remove.
06-07-2014, 02:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 359
Posted By vettdvr

check the aux battery

check the aux battery
06-04-2014, 08:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,291
Posted By vettdvr

I won't claim accuracty but.............6PK2310...

I won't claim accuracty but.............6PK2310 belt can be used on any non kompressor M112, M113, M272 and M273 to bypass the A/C
06-04-2014, 08:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,719
Posted By vettdvr

What's normal. Failure is a STOP in RED in the...

What's normal. Failure is a STOP in RED in the Display. Otherwise you might have accumulator failure or other component. Why not have it scanned to check?
06-02-2014, 08:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 996
Posted By vettdvr

Check the owners manual there is a section on how...

Check the owners manual there is a section on how to by pass the stuck shifter. Basically under the shifter cover plate is a button you press with a long thin rod. Check your manual for details.
05-31-2014, 08:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,509
Posted By vettdvr

This is what I found to be the case due to MB...

This is what I found to be the case due to MB reliability. I had a Extended Factory Warranty and my estimate on repairs in the first 100000 miles of driving would have exceeded $20000 if I had to...
05-29-2014, 08:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,504
Posted By vettdvr

1) the seal has the magnets for the ABS system...

1) the seal has the magnets for the ABS system don't substitute
2) The bearing has a chamfer on the inner side and don't substitute, over counter bearings won't have chamfer which will result in...
05-28-2014, 09:14 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,953
Posted By vettdvr

Carefully push the flap back in place push the...

Carefully push the flap back in place push the fibers as close as you can get them. Go to "HOBBY" shop and buy Superglue THIN with the capillary tube applicator. Put small amount of superglue in...
05-28-2014, 09:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,436
Posted By vettdvr

:y

:y
05-25-2014, 08:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,953
Posted By vettdvr

Cut out the panel and replace or buy new seat...

Cut out the panel and replace or buy new seat back cover from MB. Dont' carry screwdrivers in back pocket, that's not the first to be damaged. Mine was in 1964 I learned that lesson but much...
05-25-2014, 08:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 606
Posted By vettdvr

The sensor won't cause that problem. Did you...

The sensor won't cause that problem. Did you open the system and get air in it? When you pushed the pistons back into the caliper did you open the bleed screw to allow fluid to exit and not be...
05-25-2014, 08:46 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,408
Posted By vettdvr

Pull up the slide lock using the tab on the top...

Pull up the slide lock using the tab on the top then pull the plug off.
05-24-2014, 08:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 557
Posted By vettdvr

Each part is made to fit a specific journal size....

Each part is made to fit a specific journal size. You will need to know journal size to make the right decision.

There is no scale for color that I know of. At test would be to put a pair on...
05-24-2014, 08:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,436
Posted By vettdvr

I started after unplugging the sbc no wait.

I started after unplugging the sbc no wait.
05-22-2014, 04:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,113
Posted By vettdvr

The pivot bolt that doesn't have a pulley wears...

The pivot bolt that doesn't have a pulley wears out and causes misalignment is why you replace the unit.
05-22-2014, 04:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,071
Posted By vettdvr

:rolleyes:

:rolleyes:
05-22-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 557
Posted By vettdvr

The part will either be a rod bearing insert or...

The part will either be a rod bearing insert or main bearing. It takes two of these for each one because they are matched sets.
05-22-2014, 09:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,113
Posted By vettdvr

150000 miles change tensioner, idlers, water...

150000 miles change tensioner, idlers, water pump, hoses and coolant.

The MB idler pulley bearing has marked "made in China" on the shield when you open it up.
05-22-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,436
Posted By vettdvr

that is what you want to happen the system...

that is what you want to happen the system pressure will build in the accumulator for pads to seat. When you turn the key on the system will be charged and pedal depressed / pads seat and all...
05-21-2014, 09:25 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,408
Posted By vettdvr

I compressed the piston slightly with big C clamp...

I compressed the piston slightly with big C clamp and knock out two punch pins with a small punch. The pins removed easily then pulled pads out with pliers and inserted new pads. Of course you will...
05-21-2014, 09:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,327
Posted By vettdvr

IF I remember correctly the caliper is a two...

IF I remember correctly the caliper is a two piece caliper. This means you have to split the caliper to remove the piston. The problem is not the piston. The problem is getting a good seal back on...
05-20-2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,071
Posted By vettdvr

If you have a leak and don't repair it the...

If you have a leak and don't repair it the compressor will run to keep it inflated, exceed the duty cycle overheat and can fail.
05-20-2014, 09:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,436
Posted By vettdvr

I never got a fault when I did mine. I locked...

I never got a fault when I did mine. I locked the car, moved the key fob out of range, unplugged the SBC then did the job.

On start up, before turning on the key I depress the brake pedal so when...
05-18-2014, 08:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 893
Posted By vettdvr

If the engine is running as designed not leaking,...

If the engine is running as designed not leaking, overheating, burning oil, why change it, it might go 300000 miles. However I suspect the airmatics/SBC will wear out again before the engine.
05-15-2014, 08:49 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 32,325
Posted By vettdvr

How much to repair? might be the first thing you...

How much to repair? might be the first thing you ask.
05-15-2014, 08:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,071
Posted By vettdvr

You have a leak on the rear that is low as I...

You have a leak on the rear that is low as I pointed out in my 1st reply. There are valves on each airbag that close. Power off they retain air pressure unless it leaks. One side will leak down...
05-14-2014, 08:55 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,919
Posted By vettdvr

Change the oil and filter with MB oil and filter.

Change the oil and filter with MB oil and filter.
05-12-2014, 09:06 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 30,885
Posted By vettdvr

The Gen I 300 was on the E but the Gen II...

The Gen I 300 was on the E but the Gen II (started in 2011) is upgraded with better ball joints, etc to prevent the parallel failures the Gen I had from copying the E class with the same issues.
05-12-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 503
Posted By vettdvr

I would assume "refuel to fill one quart" just...

I would assume "refuel to fill one quart" just means you are 1 qt low and need to add 1 qt, and not add a total refill. (I also assume you still have oil pressure) My 03 E500 once showed add 1 qt...
05-11-2014, 02:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,042
Posted By vettdvr

When I lived in Calif I always put mine on the...

When I lived in Calif I always put mine on the freeway for 20 min at highway speeds before a smog check.
05-11-2014, 02:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,117
Posted By vettdvr

My 2003 was a great driver car but the worst...

My 2003 was a great driver car but the worst reliability of any that I owned so I made the same decision you did. I bought a 2012 Chrysler 300C Hemi and only issue in 2 yrs is sway bar bushings. ...
05-08-2014, 06:48 AM
Replies: 582
Views: 116,896
Posted By vettdvr

recall of 300,000 cars at $3,000 each, the total...

recall of 300,000 cars at $3,000 each, the total is
$900,000,000 not $900,000 as you stated. ......................... And now you know why MB gives little response.
05-08-2014, 06:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 790
Posted By vettdvr

After you get the cap off put oil on the cap o...

After you get the cap off put oil on the cap o ring so it won't stick next time.
05-04-2014, 08:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 635
Posted By vettdvr

My wife Car was an E500 and I am sure after hers...

My wife Car was an E500 and I am sure after hers failed while driving, I'm she would not share your views.
05-03-2014, 07:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 635
Posted By vettdvr

Correct OR the SBC brakes system failing when you...

Correct OR the SBC brakes system failing when you pull off the interstate with a red stop light at the bottom.

Now tell me again how safe a Mercedes with SBC brakes, and leaking fuel tanks?
05-03-2014, 07:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,056
Posted By vettdvr

Sorry to hear, I have lived through Katrina and...

Sorry to hear, I have lived through Katrina and our home being destroyed so I do understand flooding.
05-02-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,052
Posted By vettdvr

I use 3M

I use 3M
05-01-2014, 09:20 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,408
Posted By vettdvr

IF you DIY

IF you DIY
05-01-2014, 09:19 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,071
Posted By vettdvr

airbag leak in the folds at the bottom of the...

airbag leak in the folds at the bottom of the bags don't show when they are just beginning to leak because the sag will close up the leak.
05-01-2014, 09:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 691
Posted By vettdvr

It is dangerous to run run flats w/o a TPS. W/O...

It is dangerous to run run flats w/o a TPS. W/O TPS if you have a flat you would not know it by looking, continue driving and then the tire would eventually fail. If you put a TPS on your car then...
05-01-2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 925
Posted By vettdvr

:y Retire park it they might last longer.

:y Retire park it they might last longer.
04-30-2014, 08:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,408
Posted By vettdvr

Doing a brake job / pad replacement on an E...

Doing a brake job / pad replacement on an E series is easy job. People hide behind MB name to charge more.

The car is designed for the rotors to run about 100000 miles w/o needing replacement or...
04-29-2014, 08:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,127
Posted By vettdvr

There is a early model E with top ball joint mate...

There is a early model E with top ball joint mate into the Control arm. The upgrade arm has the ball joint installed with 3 bolts and the arm doesn't have to be removed.
04-29-2014, 08:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 863
Posted By vettdvr

Transmission oil in the radiator is a very common...

Transmission oil in the radiator is a very common problem. Can you have the coolant tested for glycol?
04-28-2014, 04:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,127
Posted By vettdvr

Yup! about right! 2 types replace arm...

Yup! about right!


2 types replace arm and bolt in w/3 bolts, Make sure you know what you have.
04-28-2014, 10:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,127
Posted By vettdvr

Ball joints

Ball joints
04-21-2014, 08:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,041
Posted By vettdvr

IF you have the OEM battery my 'guess' is it is...

IF you have the OEM battery my 'guess' is it is bad not taking full charge.
04-20-2014, 03:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 749
Posted By vettdvr

A used engine price depends on the country you...

A used engine price depends on the country you live. If you live where that engine and model year is popular it might be easy to buy a used engine otherwise a rebuild is necessary if water ingestion...
04-20-2014, 03:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,041
Posted By vettdvr

Are YOU SURE your alternator and regulator are...

Are YOU SURE your alternator and regulator are working. Did you check battery voltage engine running lights on? What is it?
04-18-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,394
Posted By vettdvr

Don't hold your breath while going after someone...

Don't hold your breath while going after someone who put or didn't mark a rut. Like pouring $$ down the drain.
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