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Today, 03:59 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 26
Posted By Tom in Austin

Wheel Dia Needed for AMG Brakes

One of my wants is to put C63 AMG brakes on my car, at least on the front. Does anyone know what wheel size is required to fit over these? I think C63s came standard with with 18 inch wheels and 19...
Today, 03:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 113
Posted By Tom in Austin

Ebay?

Ebay?
Today, 03:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 60
Posted By Tom in Austin

Check the diameter of your present front tires...

Check the diameter of your present front tires and compare to the ones you want to fit. There's only about 5 mm clearance beneath the spring perch to the tire tread (stick your finger in there and...
07-15-2019, 11:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 941
Posted By Tom in Austin

Yikes, glad she's ok, that was frightful!

Yikes, glad she's ok, that was frightful!
07-14-2019, 03:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 355
Posted By Tom in Austin

As mentioned above this would mean running a 225...

As mentioned above this would mean running a 225 mm rear tire on a 216 mm rear wheel ... this is not normal Mercedes practice, if you look at the ratio of rear tire widths to wheel widths they are...
07-14-2019, 03:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 328
Posted By Tom in Austin

My parts guy gave me Purflux L394 as the correct...

My parts guy gave me Purflux L394 as the correct OEM filter. I'd never heard of this French company, but the product has good reviews ... and one says it exactly matched the factory original filter...
07-10-2019, 01:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,093
Posted By Tom in Austin

I think he's referring to the high-pressure pump...

I think he's referring to the high-pressure pump which is driven off the camshaft to provide the pressure needed for GDI.

Oh, and one more vote for Palladium Silver, one of the truly unique...
07-09-2019, 10:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 409
Posted By Tom in Austin

Interesting question ... assume you're thinking...

Interesting question ... assume you're thinking of the passenger seat? I bought and added right door-mounted seat switches and the wiring does plug into the electrical unit on the door, same as on...
07-09-2019, 07:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 275
Posted By Tom in Austin

Correct Tire Pressure

I'm getting the 'Correct Tire Pressure' display when two of my tires are showing exactly the target setting and the other two are *one* PSI over .... what the hell are they saying?
06-30-2019, 10:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 555
Posted By Tom in Austin

Very subjective question, but you can look at the...

Very subjective question, but you can look at the ratings on TireRack.com to get a relative idea of different types and brands. The reviews on TireRack are all over the map, but sometimes you can...
06-29-2019, 09:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 698
Posted By Tom in Austin

How about the flex couplings on either end of the...

How about the flex couplings on either end of the driveshaft, those wear out too ...
06-29-2019, 07:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 343
Posted By Tom in Austin

Was this ever offered on north American cars?

Was this ever offered on north American cars?
06-27-2019, 07:45 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,051
Posted By Tom in Austin

Good grief, let's try this again. VIN is...

Good grief, let's try this again. VIN is WDDGF5HB1EG189360 ... why does the text turn into a hyperlink ???
06-26-2019, 09:10 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,051
Posted By Tom in Austin

Datacard for...

Datacard for...
06-25-2019, 07:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 782
Posted By Tom in Austin

Yes, water pump replacement usually comes up...

Yes, water pump replacement usually comes up either when it begins to leak, or when you have to take so much stuff apart to fix something else that it's wise to do the water pump preemptively at the...
06-24-2019, 02:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 672
Posted By Tom in Austin

Look for compatible tire diameter and you're...

Look for compatible tire diameter and you're golden. Then any wheel size/offset is just a question of fitting inside the fenders ...
06-24-2019, 02:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,062
Posted By Tom in Austin

Beautiful car, I looked at one of these a while...

Beautiful car, I looked at one of these a while back ... enjoy!
06-21-2019, 02:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 785
Posted By Tom in Austin

Super nice condition, here's the worst of the...

Super nice condition, here's the worst of the four. What's wrong with it? If you look at the five bolt holes, there's a little nick just outside of the hole at 9 o'clock ...
...
06-20-2019, 12:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 396
Posted By Tom in Austin

M276 Still in Production?

Visited my wife's cousin in LA the other night and admired her new E400 convertible. IIRC, the so-called "400" in C and E models is a 3.5 turbo V6, making 329 hp. I think the same 3.5 V6 is also used...
06-16-2019, 10:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 721
Posted By Tom in Austin

Welcome aboard. Your car actually has its own...

Welcome aboard. Your car actually has its own separate forum, in Mercedes lingo, it's a W205 ...
06-15-2019, 07:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 785
Posted By Tom in Austin

Interested in a set of AMG 18's? I'm in process...

Interested in a set of AMG 18's? I'm in process of a wheel/tire changeover and will be offering mine for sale soon ... this is the style I have ......
06-15-2019, 07:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 381
Posted By Tom in Austin

I removed my steering wheel and airbag with the...

I removed my steering wheel and airbag with the battery disconnected and didn't get any errors afterwards, so I doubt you'd get any warning lights if took these wires loose as long as the battery's...
06-15-2019, 07:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 693
Posted By Tom in Austin

I suspect these are all made in China, whether or...

I suspect these are all made in China, whether or not they come in an MBZ bag Like everything else on our cars, they're lightweight plastic and probably won't hold up like the metal caps of...
06-15-2019, 07:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 473
Posted By Tom in Austin

Hot Climate Oil Viscosity

What oil do you guys in AZ, FL and other hot states use in your W204s? The manual looks pretty useless for high temps; the diagram tops out with 30W being ok up to 90 deg or whatever they chose for...
06-13-2019, 07:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 693
Posted By Tom in Austin

I have an extra set -- PM me if you'd like to...

I have an extra set -- PM me if you'd like to have them ...
06-13-2019, 07:15 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,420
Posted By Tom in Austin

How could there not be a recall on this? Gross...

How could there not be a recall on this? Gross structural failure, incredible!
Forum: Marketplace
06-10-2019, 03:39 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 123
Posted By Tom in Austin

Two E350 ContiProContact Take Off Tires - 235 45 17 - 10/32s Left

Unusually nice pair of ContiPro take offs from a W212. These sell new for $184 ea at TireRack, so looking to hook up another MBZ owner with a good deal!

Size 235/45/17 with 10/32s tread left, no...
06-10-2019, 03:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 484
Posted By Tom in Austin

I had fits with my front end after replacing...

I had fits with my front end after replacing struts in 2017 and tightening everything to and beyond the spec ... finally had to pay my indy shop to (their words) "tighten all the bolts" to get it to...
06-08-2019, 05:59 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 380
Posted By Tom in Austin

Tire & Wheel Fitment Lessons

Learned a great deal recently about tire & wheel fitment when I changed to new wheels and tires. OE on the front was 18 x 8 AMG wheels with 225/40 tires and an ET of 50. According to a website I...
06-07-2019, 07:45 AM
Replies: 251
Views: 96,388
Posted By Tom in Austin

Interesting example of how closely related E and...

Interesting example of how closely related E and C models are mechanically ...
06-06-2019, 07:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 612
Posted By Tom in Austin

Probably works pretty well if the driver solely...

Probably works pretty well if the driver solely controls the on/off decision. Once you decide you need to use the wipers and enable the system, then it works pretty nicely. Since you can tap the end...
06-05-2019, 11:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 612
Posted By Tom in Austin

It's a goofy system. My wipers will do a single...

It's a goofy system. My wipers will do a single wipe in the mornings if there's the least bit of condensation on the glass ... including when it's only the upper part of the glass and otherwise not...
06-05-2019, 11:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,091
Posted By Tom in Austin

I'm a Porsche guy, relatively new to MBZ ... used...

I'm a Porsche guy, relatively new to MBZ ... used to seeing spring rates expressed as pounds per inch deflection. When you refer to 11k, 18f, 16r, etc. what are those units of measure?

BTW, have...
06-04-2019, 12:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 456
Posted By Tom in Austin

Yes, the amount of fluid used correlates to...

Yes, the amount of fluid used correlates to whether the torque converter was drained in the process. In general, the procedure calls for initially putting back the amount that comes out, plus a...
05-30-2019, 11:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 687
Posted By Tom in Austin

Car repair is just wildly expensive ... I got an...

Car repair is just wildly expensive ... I got an estimate of over $2,000 on my Honda to replace the valve cover gasket, the belt tensioner and a broken air intake tube. I bought the intake tube (OEM)...
05-29-2019, 03:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 880
Posted By Tom in Austin

Fronts are 225/40/18; new ContiPros in this size...

Fronts are 225/40/18; new ContiPros in this size are $185 each at Tire Rack. Rears are 255/35/18 and $221 ea. Or $ 812 for set of four. Shipping is free from Tire Rack.

What's a fair price? Maybe...
05-29-2019, 01:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 586
Posted By Tom in Austin

I will be selling a set of these AMG 18s soon...

I will be selling a set of these AMG 18s soon when I do a tire/wheel upgrade. Pls PM for details if interested ...
05-29-2019, 01:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,838
Posted By Tom in Austin

Yet another technical innovation ... a pump to...

Yet another technical innovation ... a pump to provide vacuum to the brake booster instead of using engine vacuum via the intake manifold ...
05-29-2019, 01:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 880
Posted By Tom in Austin

Measured the rears ... tread on one is 5 mm above...

Measured the rears ... tread on one is 5 mm above the wear bars, the other is 3 mm
Forum: Marketplace
05-27-2019, 05:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,387
Posted By Tom in Austin

Beautiful car! I was in Ft Myers a couple months...

Beautiful car! I was in Ft Myers a couple months ago and noticed a number of super clean S-class cars going down the street ... this looks like one of those!

How's the ride on the 20 inch wheels?...
05-27-2019, 02:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 880
Posted By Tom in Austin

Ironic ... I am in the process of upgrading tires...

Ironic ... I am in the process of upgrading tires and wheels and will be selling my OEM Conti Pros ... these are the exact same sizes, 225/40/18 in front and 255/35/18 in back. They have 15,600 miles...
05-23-2019, 10:23 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 258
Posted By Tom in Austin

2012 17" Wheels

Shot in the dark ... does anyone have one or two of these they'd like to sell? Looking for the 17 x 7.5" size used on front wheels of various 2012 cars ...
...
05-22-2019, 03:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 572
Posted By Tom in Austin

Several people on here dislike the M276 engines....

Several people on here dislike the M276 engines. You'll hear about start-up noises from the cam chain tensioners, about carbon build up on the intake valves, and this post about oil leaking into...
05-09-2019, 07:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 659
Posted By Tom in Austin

Engines don't need to be covered ... do like I...

Engines don't need to be covered ... do like I did, throw in the dumpster and enjoy seeing what the engine looks like ...
05-07-2019, 09:46 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 92,296
Posted By Tom in Austin

Very interesting thread .... I've done many pad...

Very interesting thread .... I've done many pad changes and replacements over the years on my Japanese cars and Porsches and never encountered this. Perhaps compressing the pistons only enough to get...
05-06-2019, 07:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 436
Posted By Tom in Austin

Mystery Wheel

Hi folks, trying to identify this wheel which I believe was used on some E500s, perhaps in model year 2011? It was the 17" size for the "luxury" spec and that may help explain why one sees the other...
05-04-2019, 03:40 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,118
Posted By Tom in Austin

Wow, that is sobering. I wonder why they propose...

Wow, that is sobering. I wonder why they propose to change all four cams and all 24 hydraulic lifters, but only one tensioner and chain? Would damage on one bank of cylinders affect the cams on the...
05-02-2019, 06:15 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,118
Posted By Tom in Austin

Is a High Pressure Fuel Pumps (HPFP) an engine...

Is a High Pressure Fuel Pumps (HPFP) an engine part? Sounds like something external that wouldn't reflect on the qualities of the engine ...
05-02-2019, 02:05 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,118
Posted By Tom in Austin

Curious about the last poster's phrase "......

Curious about the last poster's phrase "... horror story chapter in the M276 book" ... I did a search and couldn't readily find any other dramatic M276 issues discussed here in the W204 forum.

The...
04-30-2019, 01:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 478
Posted By Tom in Austin

New W206 Coming out

Did you see MBZ is readying a new W206? The picture I saw in Car & Driver looked very close to the W205, and it pained me to learn the AMG version will have a four-cylinder engine. How ridiculous.
...
04-30-2019, 01:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,398
Posted By Tom in Austin

My favorite thing are the buttery-smooth 302...

My favorite thing are the buttery-smooth 302 horses from the M276 engine! And despite all the plastic parts, the car's fundamental structural solidity and beautiful paint finish.

I had two Lexuses...
04-28-2019, 08:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,398
Posted By Tom in Austin

My car wears a hood emblem and luxury grille as...

My car wears a hood emblem and luxury grille as well. Both sourced on EBay at net cost of 0 after selling my sport grill.

Drove an S class the other day and interesting to think, that's about the...
04-24-2019, 03:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 10,924
Posted By Tom in Austin

Glad I found this thread .... I put an E350 wood...

Glad I found this thread .... I put an E350 wood and leather wheel in my car when I bought it, and that wheel had shifter paddles. As it turned out, the little electrical module inside the wheel was...
04-23-2019, 12:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 664
Posted By Tom in Austin

No more weird behavior since my original post and...

No more weird behavior since my original post and cleaning the area where the sensor's located. Thanks all for the feedback, sounds like this is a known bit of goofiness, so now I know.

BTW, one...
04-19-2019, 08:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 517
Posted By Tom in Austin

That's nice, thanks for posting! Stands to reason...

That's nice, thanks for posting! Stands to reason GDI engines would have less carbon buildup since there's no injector shooting fuel against the back of the valves
04-19-2019, 08:45 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 287
Posted By Tom in Austin

I would say yes, I have changed inserts from my...

I would say yes, I have changed inserts from my 2014 to a 2009 door panel
04-15-2019, 06:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 664
Posted By Tom in Austin

Automatic rain-sensing windshield wipers

In the two plus years I've owned my C350, I've noticed the automatic wipers a few times coming on and making a single random sweep across the glass for no apparent reason.

Two days ago, they came...
04-15-2019, 06:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 274
Posted By Tom in Austin

I had this symptom on my 2014. New battery...

I had this symptom on my 2014. New battery revived one of the keys; on the other one, only the buttons work (that is, touching the door handle does nothing). I got a ten-pack of these batteries on...
04-11-2019, 08:42 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 62,026
Posted By Tom in Austin

Just looking at this for the first time ... is it...

Just looking at this for the first time ... is it true that the problem was pre-facelift and limited to 2011 and earlier cars?
04-03-2019, 10:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 645
Posted By Tom in Austin

B9 Service is what?

My car's displaying "B9 service due in 25 days" .... I know what the "B" service consists of, but cannot find "B9" in any websearch or the manual. Does the 9 have any particular meaning?

Also,...
04-02-2019, 07:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 266
Posted By Tom in Austin

Are there programming or compatability issues...

Are there programming or compatability issues with these things other than having the right frequency?
04-02-2019, 07:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 841
Posted By Tom in Austin

Is it possible the no-functionality key is wrong...

Is it possible the no-functionality key is wrong one for the vehicle? Did it ever work in the past?

In my case, I changed both key batteries ... one works perfectly now, but the other does not...
03-31-2019, 08:27 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 210
Posted By Tom in Austin

Can'r rotate between front and rear and if tires...

Can'r rotate between front and rear and if tires are unidirectional, can't move between left and right without taking the tires off the rims and turning them around. Practical effect of this is no...
Forum: Marketplace
03-28-2019, 10:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,213
Posted By Tom in Austin

Really fits a W204? Web search shows this part...

Really fits a W204? Web search shows this part number for E class?
Forum: Marketplace
03-28-2019, 07:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 878
Posted By Tom in Austin

GM, following up on your wheels & tires ... any...

GM, following up on your wheels & tires ... any idea the best method/lowest cost to ship these to Austin,TX USA 78704? How would you package them to protect in shipment?
03-17-2019, 10:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 15,735
Posted By Tom in Austin

Does C300 version specify regular gas? That could...

Does C300 version specify regular gas? That could be a part of the difference since C350 requires premium to make rated HP.
03-13-2019, 01:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,667
Posted By Tom in Austin

Interesting comments, I wasn't aware the W205s...

Interesting comments, I wasn't aware the W205s are made in the US. I've had W205 service loaners a couple of times and my impressions were similar to yours ... initial tip-in with the four is well...
03-13-2019, 01:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 513
Posted By Tom in Austin

Quick update on fronts ... I found a helpful...

Quick update on fronts ... I found a helpful dealer parts guy who said he could tell me which springs a car was built with from the VIN number. So I looked around on TrueCar and found five VINs for...
03-10-2019, 09:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 513
Posted By Tom in Austin

I just bought the rear "w/o sport" springs to try...

I just bought the rear "w/o sport" springs to try this and see what difference it makes in the ride. For my year/US model, there are only two rear spring numbers, with or without sport.

I would...
Forum: Marketplace
03-05-2019, 05:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 982
Posted By Tom in Austin

Are these staggered widths (rear wider than...

Are these staggered widths (rear wider than front)? Are the TPMS units included? What's the cosmetic condition of the wheels, any curb rash or damage?

Thanks
03-05-2019, 05:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 404
Posted By Tom in Austin

Door locks cycle while washing car

Am I the only one whose door locks cycle back and forth when you spray water on the (EZ-Go) door handles? I thought the sensors would operate on galvanic response of your skin, like the touch screen...
03-05-2019, 05:27 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 22,228
Posted By Tom in Austin

Mercedes' TPMS system is another of the mysteries...

Mercedes' TPMS system is another of the mysteries of my car ... it was coming on every time I got in the car and the air pressure was off by one PSI on any wheel. I couldn't even get my tires all...
03-04-2019, 07:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 480
Posted By Tom in Austin

Have been wondering the same thing, is there a...

Have been wondering the same thing, is there a factory manual available?
03-04-2019, 07:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 819
Posted By Tom in Austin

Just curious, what are the color markings on...

Just curious, what are the color markings on these? Been doing some research and fronts are identified with one or more red, yellow or white marks.
02-11-2019, 09:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 447
Posted By Tom in Austin

Are airbags compatible? I believe the seats have...

Are airbags compatible? I believe the seats have occupant sensors that would detect if someone's there and how much they weigh. That system and the bags themselves would have to be compatible to the...
02-10-2019, 12:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,336
Posted By Tom in Austin

Wow. that's in addition to the rusting-out...

Wow. that's in addition to the rusting-out problem on the rear control arm mounting points? Sad to hear

BTW, is this saying essentially every MBZ model since 2011 has electric power steering? I...
02-10-2019, 12:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,481
Posted By Tom in Austin

I stand corrected! I knew they added a V6 in the...

I stand corrected! I knew they added a V6 in the newer E-class but before now didn't know you could get one in a W205 sedan ...
02-09-2019, 06:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,481
Posted By Tom in Austin

Very general/unscientific suggestions ... skip...

Very general/unscientific suggestions ... skip the four cylinder, this is a Mercedes after all and the velvety-smooth M276 is too sweet not to enjoy every where you go. The C350 makes 302 hp and was...
02-09-2019, 05:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 506
Posted By Tom in Austin

Loads of choices. I like EBC Green and run those...

Loads of choices. I like EBC Green and run those on my Porsche. Here's another product I'm considering for next pad change ... https://www.epicfriction.com/index.php/2008-2014-mercedes-c350.html
...
02-09-2019, 05:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 471
Posted By Tom in Austin

I have the same desire to update my 2014. What...

I have the same desire to update my 2014. What I've seen is there is an aftermarket kit of unknown quality/complexity. Have not seen anyone who did it by getting OEM used lights and related parts,...
Forum: Marketplace
02-08-2019, 06:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 878
Posted By Tom in Austin

Are these staggered wheels, i.e. rears wider than...

Are these staggered wheels, i.e. rears wider than fronts, are all four the same? How many miles on the tires?
01-29-2019, 05:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,249
Posted By Tom in Austin

Interesting outcome ... I had a lot of clunking...

Interesting outcome ... I had a lot of clunking after changing my front struts and torqueing everything to spec while in the air. Perhaps the lesson is you can't get the correct torque unless there's...
01-20-2019, 07:55 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 12,678
Posted By Tom in Austin

Beauty of the D-seal is it's so inexpensive and...

Beauty of the D-seal is it's so inexpensive and easy, just try it!
01-09-2019, 07:03 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 12,678
Posted By Tom in Austin

Just put in the D-ring seal today and yes, it...

Just put in the D-ring seal today and yes, it takes out some sound and makes the car nicer to drive. Of course, now I hear the drivetrain more and particularly the road noise on rough pavement (I...
01-01-2019, 04:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 738
Posted By Tom in Austin

That's remarkable life for an OEM battery. Here...

That's remarkable life for an OEM battery. Here in Texas, my car batteries last about 3-4 years. Interestingly, my C350 is turning five in January (from first owner in-service date) and its battery...
01-01-2019, 04:27 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 11,842
Posted By Tom in Austin

Nicely done! I'm interested to hear yours had an...

Nicely done! I'm interested to hear yours had an ECU heat sink of some kind, on my car it's just a hunk of black plastic. An unfortunate styling trend seen on many cars now, a cover used to hide the...
01-01-2019, 04:18 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 16,227
Posted By Tom in Austin

My C350 with 18" AMG wheels shows 36/39 in the...

My C350 with 18" AMG wheels shows 36/39 in the fuel filler and 39/42 on the door jamb, as mentioned before +3 to each. I run my car at 35/35 as I see no reason to use such a high pressure in back ......
11-22-2018, 10:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 646
Posted By Tom in Austin

There is a lifting point in the center of the...

There is a lifting point in the center of the front crossmember, so a single floor jack can get the front end up off the ground.
11-20-2018, 07:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 196
Posted By Tom in Austin

Easy to try and see. Ten CR2025's are $4 at...

Easy to try and see. Ten CR2025's are $4 at Amazon ...

My locking pooped out over the summer and was cured by new batteries in the keys
11-06-2018, 10:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,205
Posted By Tom in Austin

Moi aussi, on the passenger side. I have the...

Moi aussi, on the passenger side. I have the button unit for the door panel ... what other components are needed?
11-06-2018, 09:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 778
Posted By Tom in Austin

I believe normal plug life on newer cars is in...

I believe normal plug life on newer cars is in the 100k mile range. This is partly because federal emissions warranties go pretty far out in mileage terms, so the mfgs have all moved to a plug life...
10-25-2018, 11:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 28,044
Posted By Tom in Austin

And I thought I was crazy ... my car also has the...

And I thought I was crazy ... my car also has the delayed response to turning off the A/C with the button. Cold air comes out for quite some time, then after I quit thinking about it it eventually...
10-25-2018, 11:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 877
Posted By Tom in Austin

I suspect an electronic issue since it resumes...

I suspect an electronic issue since it resumes normal function after you turn off the engine, then restart (i.e. a reboot of the electronics). A shop equipped with MBZ's diagnostic computer can...
10-25-2018, 10:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 508
Posted By Tom in Austin

Actually many ventilated rotors are L or R, not...

Actually many ventilated rotors are L or R, not just those that have cast-in ventilation holes (OEMs are rarely drilled since this weakens the metal and can lead to cracking around the holes). The...
10-24-2018, 03:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 785
Posted By Tom in Austin

Nice clean car, great deal for someone! Good luck...

Nice clean car, great deal for someone! Good luck with sale
10-24-2018, 03:43 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 12,204
Posted By Tom in Austin

Hey guys, do yourselves a favor and don't crash...

Hey guys, do yourselves a favor and don't crash into anything that would deploy the airbag until you get yours replaced ...
10-20-2018, 10:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,500
Posted By Tom in Austin

Interesting ... so would cover the alternator...

Interesting ... so would cover the alternator output going to zero with the engine stopped ... but since ECO mode is limited to max of something like 30 secs, hard to see why the big battery couldn't...
Forum: Marketplace
10-18-2018, 07:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 469
Posted By Tom in Austin

Good evening, would you consider removing the...

Good evening, would you consider removing the tires and selling the wheels by themselves? Also, it appears these have no road rash around the outer edge of the rims, can you confirm?
10-18-2018, 11:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 804
Posted By Tom in Austin

I know I'm overthinking this a bit ... if the...

I know I'm overthinking this a bit ... if the rears can be at 39 for better gas mileage then why didn't Mercedes set the font at 39 also, or is there something different about the rear that the...
10-18-2018, 11:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,500
Posted By Tom in Austin

My 2014 has the secondary battery in the trunk...

My 2014 has the secondary battery in the trunk but no one here seems to know its function ... one guy thought it was for the 'Eco' mode instant restart but that seems unlikely as small as it is.
...
10-14-2018, 07:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 804
Posted By Tom in Austin

Apologies, it's actually 39 at the rear ... still...

Apologies, it's actually 39 at the rear ... still the question is why higher in back than in front. Thanks
10-14-2018, 09:36 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 265
Posted By Tom in Austin

Black Ash Door inserts

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbulletin/2000x1504/dscn0999_5694d4f7d67edcbdc64b837b609e6c106ecdb04d.jpg
Can someone help me verify the color of these 2008 wood door inserts? I know...
10-14-2018, 09:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 804
Posted By Tom in Austin

Why 44 PSI?

I've been experimenting with tire pressures and find that 36 psi in both front and back feels great. So, I'm puzzling over why Mercedes calls for 44 in the rear. Is it to maximize gas mileage? With...
10-11-2018, 08:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,354
Posted By Tom in Austin

Very good to hear ... let's hope the feedback...

Very good to hear ... let's hope the feedback goes back to the manager and tech at Costco so they take better care of the next customer!
10-10-2018, 11:16 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 275
Posted By Tom in Austin

OEM Spring Rates

Does anyone know of an authoritative reference to the various W204 OEM springs? To keep it simple, I'm looking just for US-spec 250/300/350 sedans, not coupes or AMG models.

I would think Mercedes...
10-07-2018, 09:46 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,102
Posted By Tom in Austin

Good point on the rotors, I don't know MB rotor...

Good point on the rotors, I don't know MB rotor specs (yet), but on my Porsche there's only a 2 MM difference between new and minimum thickness, and to machine them takes 1 MM off each side .... so...
10-07-2018, 09:40 AM
10-01-2018, 07:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,354
Posted By Tom in Austin

Blockheads! I hate the way tire places trash your...

Blockheads! I hate the way tire places trash your wheels. Had many frustrating experiences like this too. The one that really drives me nuts is when they roll your wheel across the shop floor and let...
09-30-2018, 10:00 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 231
Posted By Tom in Austin

TPMS Compatability across MBZ OEM Wheels

Does anyone know how compatible the Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensors (TPMS) are across OEM wheels? I have an opportunity to change my wheels & tires for a 2014 W204 OEM set of a different design....
09-30-2018, 09:48 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,420
Posted By Tom in Austin

Amazing ... gross failure of a major suspension...

Amazing ... gross failure of a major suspension component. I wouldn't have thought it possible on a modern-day 'premium' car like Mercedes. Glad your independent shop could take care of it at a...
09-30-2018, 09:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 640
Posted By Tom in Austin

Brakes are like tires, lots to choose from, many...

Brakes are like tires, lots to choose from, many opinions/preferences and most do a very good job for ordinary driving.

Here's a product I'm thinking of trying when my first replacement comes due:...
09-28-2018, 06:53 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 330
Posted By Tom in Austin

I recently discovered our keys seem to consume...

I recently discovered our keys seem to consume batteries rather rapidly ... doesn't sound exactly like the symptoms you're mentioning but a easy first step in troubleshooting.
09-28-2018, 06:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,102
Posted By Tom in Austin

Throw some rocks over this way ... I have rarely...

Throw some rocks over this way ... I have rarely changed fluid on my cars and the brakes work well on all. I think automotive brakes have an immense margin of safety in ordinary use. The worst...
09-28-2018, 06:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 536
Posted By Tom in Austin

Thanks all, interesting lesson about our cars ......

Thanks all, interesting lesson about our cars ... good thing I can get a ten-pack of those CR2025s on Amazon for $4 ...
09-28-2018, 06:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 675
Posted By Tom in Austin

If you look and see what work is actually...

If you look and see what work is actually included in the various 'routine services', you can pretty easily tell how much each package is worth. As mentioned already, an oil change is usually...
09-21-2018, 10:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 536
Posted By Tom in Austin

Yes, thanks. One key works perfectly now with a...

Yes, thanks. One key works perfectly now with a new battery, the other has same symptoms ... buttons on the key work, but no response from touching the door handles.

BTW, the key remote on my 2006...
09-13-2018, 06:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 536
Posted By Tom in Austin

Door Handle Lock Sensitivity

Odd thing, the ability to lock/unlock my doors by touching the door handle (e.g. "Keyless Go") is declining ... used to be you barely touched the handle and it immediately locked (or unlocked) ......
09-13-2018, 05:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 355
Posted By Tom in Austin

Can help with one of the questions ... I...

Can help with one of the questions ... I disconnected the big battery (under the hood) to change my steering wheel/airbag and did not get a code afterwards, so that's one thing you don't have to...
09-02-2018, 10:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,587
Posted By Tom in Austin

Door panels are readily available on EBay ... the...

Door panels are readily available on EBay ... the trim panel and memory seat switches (i.e. the woodgrain or aluminum trims) come off easily to transfer to the replacement panel ... time to switch...
09-01-2018, 11:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,088
Posted By Tom in Austin

Biggest benefit of the upgrade are the Brembo...

Biggest benefit of the upgrade are the Brembo calipers ... same as used by Porsche, Ferrari, McLaren, etc. They give a vastly more linear pedal feel than the standard cars' cast iron calipers. Rotor...
09-01-2018, 11:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,442
Posted By Tom in Austin

Hey guys, what is the 'combination filter' that...

Hey guys, what is the 'combination filter' that requires replacement at 10k miles? Is this the cabin air filter?
09-01-2018, 08:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 640
Posted By Tom in Austin

There was a problem with early M276s where oil...

There was a problem with early M276s where oil somewhere in the valvetrain would leak down after the car sits, leading to a rattling sound at start up. I believe there is an improved valve that can...
09-01-2018, 08:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,702
Posted By Tom in Austin

On the newer cars, MB used cast-iron modular...

On the newer cars, MB used cast-iron modular brake calipers made up of three pieces ... one with the piston inside it that isn't visible, and two 'frame' pieces that are visible and would be nice to...
08-27-2018, 09:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 517
Posted By Tom in Austin

Small Battery in the Trunk

What is the purpose of the small battery located in the spare tire well of the trunk? Is it related to the GPS system? If I take it out to have it tested, is there a system/function that would be...
08-02-2018, 11:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,069
Posted By Tom in Austin

Go over a moderate dip or rise in the road and...

Go over a moderate dip or rise in the road and the rear end will practically stuff you into the headliner, that's what I meant by 'bouncing', sudden vertical motion. Or drive over a speed bump in a...
08-01-2018, 08:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,069
Posted By Tom in Austin

I have not driven the Sport model, but after a...

I have not driven the Sport model, but after a year and a half with my C350, I am not very impressed with the suspension and steering. The springs and shocks are extremely stiff and make the car rock...
06-11-2018, 09:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 846
Posted By Tom in Austin

If I wanted a four, I'd have bought a Mazda,...

If I wanted a four, I'd have bought a Mazda, Honda or Toyota. Mercedes is destroying the brand with these things. It's especially ridiculous that they give you a four now in the E-class. What's next,...
06-10-2018, 07:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 914
Posted By Tom in Austin

I didn't know any W204s had folding power mirrors...

I didn't know any W204s had folding power mirrors ... was it part of some upgrade package?
06-10-2018, 07:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 645
Posted By Tom in Austin

I think maybe the C coupe was still in the W204...

I think maybe the C coupe was still in the W204 body for 2015 ... sedans were all 205s starting in 2015 ...
06-09-2018, 06:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 498
Posted By Tom in Austin

You might consider upgrading to Koni FSDs ... a...

You might consider upgrading to Koni FSDs ... a little more money, around $850 from Tire Rack, but they give a great ride improvement with little or no handling change. I put them on a later C350 and...
05-28-2018, 07:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 926
Posted By Tom in Austin

Just to be sure, the "OEMs" you're offering are...

Just to be sure, the "OEMs" you're offering are C63 bars?
04-10-2018, 11:46 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 37,635
Posted By Tom in Austin

Hi guys, my apologies, cannot open the PDF (in...

Hi guys, my apologies, cannot open the PDF (in fact, have never been able to open a PDF on here, is this some kind of extra-cost feature?) Anyway, curious the mention of ECU, can you clarify what's...
04-08-2018, 12:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,789
Posted By Tom in Austin

Fascinating, first I've heard of indexing spark...

Fascinating, first I've heard of indexing spark plug electrodes!
03-29-2018, 11:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 643
Posted By Tom in Austin

Interesting ... so your button is chipped? I have...

Interesting ... so your button is chipped? I have an extra 2008 driver's side switch assembly and the corner of one of the buttons looks white, is that what happened to yours, the black...
03-29-2018, 06:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 511
Posted By Tom in Austin

Good point, yes, can go without the ornament...

Good point, yes, can go without the ornament while using the bra, easy to remove and put back in afterwards. May even be possible to reinstall once the bra is stretched into place. Still would rather...
03-28-2018, 10:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 511
Posted By Tom in Austin

Bump ... just in time for spring driving season!

Bump ... just in time for spring driving season!
02-27-2018, 02:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 511
Posted By Tom in Austin

For Sale - New Colgan hood bra for 12-14 sedan

For years I've reflexively purchased a 'bra' when I get a new car, and so I bought a Colgan BS5177BC last year when I got my 2014 C350 sedan. It's the hood piece only, it protects the leading edge of...
02-11-2018, 09:26 PM
Replies: 251
Views: 96,388
Posted By Tom in Austin

Hi folks, just now reading through this post ......

Hi folks, just now reading through this post ... I bought my 2014 C350 in 2016 ... it had the exact symptom the OP described, a harsh downshift halfway up the hill going to my house. Took it to the...
02-11-2018, 10:43 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 12,204
Posted By Tom in Austin

The whole Takata scenario is nuts. They alone...

The whole Takata scenario is nuts. They alone used ammonium nitrate as the propellant for their airbags. When the problems with this design became known, they added a dessicant, hoping they could...
01-05-2018, 07:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,047
Posted By Tom in Austin

Navigation is too granular ... how do I pull up...

Navigation is too granular ... how do I pull up all S-class cars? Once there I can decide which ones are currently available and what to look at closer. The new design would make a person check off...
12-05-2017, 02:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,149
Posted By Tom in Austin

The links will make a lot of noise if you let...

The links will make a lot of noise if you let them ... btw, does anyone know the torque spec on those 18 MM bolts? I got them as tight as I could when I put in my Koni FSDs last summer and had to...
11-15-2017, 09:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 621
Posted By Tom in Austin

Push button start

Been wondering ... with push-button start (I think we call it "Keyless Go"?) is there a way to turn on accessory power to open a window, listen to the radio, etc. without starting the engine?
11-10-2017, 09:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,777
Posted By Tom in Austin

Speaking of bolts ... does anyone know where to...

Speaking of bolts ... does anyone know where to get the tool needed to take loose the four big bolts that hold the caliper halves together? That is, on the late-model TRW modular cast-iron calipers?...
11-09-2017, 09:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 458
Posted By Tom in Austin

Hi Alan, does your price include the TPMS units?...

Hi Alan, does your price include the TPMS units? What would you charge for shipping to send just the wheels (don't need the tires) to Austin, TX 78704?

In the last picture are there scratches...
10-27-2017, 02:42 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 309
Posted By Tom in Austin

C63 2010 Brake Upgrade

Looking at a nice set of 2010 C63 Brembo brakes to upgrade my car ... would anyone happen to know the rotor dimensions for these?

Second question, would be putting on my 2014 C350 ... thinking...
10-23-2017, 01:29 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 58,568
Posted By Tom in Austin

I know, very late to the party, but how...

I know, very late to the party, but how about:WDDGF5HB1EG189360
10-16-2017, 11:40 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 29,674
Posted By Tom in Austin

Absolutely, the feel of Brembos is amazing,...

Absolutely, the feel of Brembos is amazing, totally linear ... the more you push the more braking you get. Totally makes you wonder why cars use anything else!
10-11-2017, 11:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,417
Posted By Tom in Austin

Looks like the exchange deal for $750 is a good...

Looks like the exchange deal for $750 is a good bet if you want to stay with that wheel size/style....
10-10-2017, 03:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,417
Posted By Tom in Austin

Did you find what you were looking for? These...

Did you find what you were looking for? These guys have some pretty nice wheels ... https://www.lawheel.com/wheels-and-tires/wheel-sets-and-singles.html?manufacturer=20

Which style 17s does your...
10-06-2017, 01:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,222
Posted By Tom in Austin

Cool stuff ... when you say 'projector...

Cool stuff ... when you say 'projector headlights' are those Bi-Xenon? If so, could you post the link to that video?
10-06-2017, 01:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 855
Posted By Tom in Austin

The "A" and "B" service concept is one of the...

The "A" and "B" service concept is one of the great marketing inventions of our time ... while your car is on the lift and the oil is draining out, the tech walks around and looks at a list of things...
10-06-2017, 01:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,059
Posted By Tom in Austin

Yes, the big dance is the manufacturers are the...

Yes, the big dance is the manufacturers are the ones on the hook for the recall, Takata's just a supplier. However, if they can contrive to keep Takata (or whatever the successor is called) alive and...
10-06-2017, 01:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 981
Posted By Tom in Austin

Congrats and welcome aboard! Sounds like a good...

Congrats and welcome aboard! Sounds like a good deal if it's a clean car.

Do you have 18" wheels? What do you think about the ride?
10-05-2017, 12:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,059
Posted By Tom in Austin

I believe all or most of the recent C- class cars...

I believe all or most of the recent C- class cars were built with Takata airbags. I know my car was because I changed my steering wheel and saw "Takata Holdings" on a label on the airbag.

The...
10-05-2017, 10:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,218
Posted By Tom in Austin

I've seen mention of Mercedes using a 'flex disc'...

I've seen mention of Mercedes using a 'flex disc' in the drivetrain but not clear what/where this is, so look forward to hearing more. Certainly if it's a rubber part that absorbs noise/vibration you...
10-05-2017, 10:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,059
Posted By Tom in Austin

Rant ... this whole airbag thing is nuts. The...

Rant ... this whole airbag thing is nuts. The replacement they give you is the same basic design with the ammonium nitrate propellant that caused the original problem (and that no other airbag maker...
10-04-2017, 09:36 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 29,674
Posted By Tom in Austin

Very interesting ... I'm familiar with Brembo...

Very interesting ... I'm familiar with Brembo installations as a Porsche owner, and have wondered what would be involved doing an AMG brake swap on my wife's 2014 C350 DD. So, referring to the fronts...
10-02-2017, 09:24 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 34,619
Posted By Tom in Austin

Good morning. I did all four corners ... in the...

Good morning. I did all four corners ... in the front the fender liner is in two parts, so I did just the rear half closest to the passenger compartment. On smooth pavement the car is super quiet but...
09-29-2017, 03:02 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 34,619
Posted By Tom in Austin

I put this stuff...

I put this stuff https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MFHHHDI?psc=1 on the inside of my fender liners when I had them out doing new shocks. It made a noticeable improvement in tire/road noise, which I have a...
09-25-2017, 10:51 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 410
Posted By Tom in Austin

Bump!

Bump!
08-24-2017, 03:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 410
Posted By Tom in Austin

11k mile W204 OEM Sport Struts/Shocks

Price Reduction ... $349 plus shipping ... complete set of front struts/rear shocks taken off my 2014 C350 at 11k miles. Will also separate if you would like just the fronts ($249) or just the rears...
08-22-2017, 03:42 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,212
Posted By Tom in Austin

I've had two W205 service loaners and I think...

I've had two W205 service loaners and I think they did a good job with the new model in several ways.


For one, I'm glad they did away with the pedal-operated parking brake, that thing drives me...
08-22-2017, 01:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 987
Posted By Tom in Austin

This is totally subjective ... and coming from a...

This is totally subjective ... and coming from a former Lexus owner.

I have a 2014 C350 sport sedan (with the 18" AMGs) and don't like the ride at all. It bounces and shakes on nearly all type of...
08-22-2017, 01:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,861
Posted By Tom in Austin

I just put Koni FSDs on my 11.5k mile 2014 C350,...

I just put Koni FSDs on my 11.5k mile 2014 C350, and getting ready to sell the OEM sport struts/shocks.

PM if you'd be interested in going this route.
08-22-2017, 01:18 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 636
Posted By Tom in Austin

AMG Take offs

Considering doing a tire update, what would you think I could expect to get for the OEM set up?



2014 C350 Sport Sedan
18" staggered-width AMG wheels with Continental ProContact tires
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