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Lessons to Be Learned from other Vehicles

Chasing down a loud engine knock in a Land Cruiser

From time to time I do work on cars other than Mercedes Benz. Sometimes it is painful and in the process, it reminds me why I like working on Mercedes. So was the case when I took on working on a 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser with a loud engine knock. This knock piqued my interest because it sounded like it was moving around in the engine. At first, it sounded like something in the valve train. As we progressed with our diagnosis it sounded like it was a piston or wrist pin. When we finally removed the oil pan we realized it had to be something serious. 

Preparing an Old Benz for a Long X Country Road Trip

Specifically 25+ years old. The older the more work you may need to do

Have you ever wanted to make a cross-country road trip in a 30 plus-year-old Mercedes? I have always thought it a little “risky” unless the car was thoroughly checked over. I usually recommend if you are purchasing a car that old from “afar” you might want to consider having to truck it to your location. We have heard from a number of our customers who have made such a trip successfully and suggest I might be a little too cautious. A couple years ago I sold a 1980 240D to a buyer on the East Coast. I suggested he truck the car back east but he was adamant about driving it.

What Got Kent Into Mercedes Benz 25 Years Ago

Let Kent tell you how it happened... just to "help" an old pilot friend out

"So how did you happen to go from being a pilot to getting involved with older Mercedes Benz?" This is a question that Kent gets ask a lot. Most of us can recall those seamingly insignificant events that end up changing the whole course of our lives. CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO LEARN MORE. So was the case here. It all started with a 1982 240D in the early 1990's. Watch the video below and he will explain how it all happened and why he continues to be passionate about old diesels. 

Why We Don't Trust Tire Shops Anymore to "Do it Right."

Recent problems have Kent "fuming" and he is on the "warpath" to educate car owners on this issue

This W210 wagon recently was on our lift for a complete inspection and service and it took 2.5 hours to get the four wheels off. Can you understand why Kent is not happy? CLICK ON PICTURE TO READ MORE. The lug bolts were put on sooooooo very tight by a tire shop that they were next to impossible to get off. We are talking well over 200 fount pounds on each lug bolt. Even jumping on them with an extension on a long breaker bar did not work all that well. 2 of the lugs bolts bent getting them off and two of the heads of the bolts broke off!

Will They Really Go a Million Miles?

It takes a lot more than hype to make a diesel engine last!

I am sure you have heard it before, "Oh, these old Mercedes diesels will go a million miles." Sounds pretty good, doesn't it? But maybe it sounds too good to be true.

To be continued: 


Kent's 10 Most Neglected Maintenance Items on Older Mercedes

Not necessarily all issues, but here is his list of those things often overlooked on a 25+ year old Benz

This week while working on “Fritz” (my 1980 280SE Euro W126), I started making a list of all the things I will need to fix or service on the car. As I looked at the list, I said to myself, “ I have seen this list many times before!” I thought the list would make a good video series. CLICK ON PICTURE TO READ MORE.  I Chose to title it: The 10 Most Neglected Maintenance Items on Older Mercedes. Please keep in mind that my “top” ten list may not be the only things wrong with an old Benz.

Sometimes It is a Wasted Trip and You Have to Walk Away!

Don't let your emotions make the decision

When I was younger I use to think I could save them all! But now as I get older I am getting much more selective and find myself coming home "empty handed" more often than not. That happened to Kaia and I recently as we got up early and headed out on a 3-hour drive to purchase a 1978 450SL. CLICK ON PICTURE TO READ MORE  Recently we have been “hunting” for an R107 chassis for use in doing some new videos and repair kits for the M116 and M117 V8 engines. From the add, this one seemed like the perfect candidate.

Save the V8's

Hard to believe Mercedes made one style V8 for over 20 years.

I must admit I have a soft spot for the old M116 and M117 Mercedes V8 engines.  From a 3.5 liter when it was first introduced in Europe in the late 1960's, to a 5.6 liter at the end of production in 1991, the basic engine did not change all that much. I liken it to the German version of the Chevy 350 engine. Of course, it went through a lot of subtle changes as well as revisions to its fuel injection system. But the fact that the valve cover gaskets did not change during the 20 plus years of production tells its own story.

NOW AVAILABLE - Full Repair Kit to Fix 1996 to 2006 5 Speed Transmission Shifting Problems

This is the solution to repair the common 722.6 shifting problem. Fix it yourself and save thousands $$$

Since transmission issues are becomming an increasing challenge for the owner of these older models, Kent went to work to put together this new DIY kit.  This is the most complete kit available on the market to help you repair the common problem with the 722.6 transmission locking up in limp-home-mode (won't shift out of second gear). The critical replacement components in the kit are genuine O.E. Mercedes electrical conductor plate and plug housing. You will receive some important supplies and full video instructions.

How to Search Kent's Videos

With over 1100 on Youtube and almost 200 on his website this will help

Almost everyday now we get requests for help trying to find a specific video. As of March 2017 Kent has produced almost 1300 videos and on average 3 to 4 new videos are being posted every week. It is hard for even us to keep track of them all and we can not answer questions unless YOU TELL US the specific video you are asking about.  Here is the best way to search Youtube video content:

My NUMBER ONE Warning That You Should Heed

There are a number of things that can break on an old car but this one will really leave your stranded!

From my own experience and from hearing from lots of other's experiences I can not stress enough - DO NOT NEGLECT YOUR IGNITION TUMBLER AND STEERING LOCK ASSEMBLY! If your key is starting to "stick" or "catch" in the tumbler then you shoud replace it before it will not turn and leave you stranded!  In the picture here the owner tried to drill it out, but let me tell you they do not drill out very well. If you neglect this warning you could end up spending hundreds of dollars instead of less than $50 for new new tumbler and keys.

Whats up with all these issues with Diesel Pre-chambers?

Kent explains how the prechamber works, what can go wrong and how to fix problems

Fuel Leaks. Air Leaks. Rough running diesel engine. All around your diesel injectors! Collar nuts might just need to be tightened, but could be too worn and need replacment! If you are having problems with your diesel prechambers we have tools and parts to help!

Below is a great Video Kent did on all the in's and out's of Prechambers and will explain in detail what each part is, how it works, and how to replace it. Watch the other two videos to see how the tools work along with a warning if you plan to remove a pre-chamber. 

Finding the Leak in the Suspension of an Airmatic equipped Mercedes

If you can find and repair the leak (s) yourself you can save Thousands $$$$

It is the end January 2017 and Kent has just finished filming a new video on how to find air leaks in an Airmatic suspension.  There is nothing like driving a Benz with Airmatic, but there is a price to pay... and that price does not need to be that much if you learn to diagnose and repair the leak (s) yourself. Do not be afraid to tackle these systems! Kent will make it easy for you to save lots of money if you are willing to learn and apply knowledge. 


New Ways to Thoroughly Clean Gas Engine Fuel Injectors

Many of the older injectors will need to be "back flushed"

Not all older MFI and CIS fuel injectors are "restorable." Some are just plain worn out. If the tip is worn out or damaged there is nothing you can do to repair that. There are no replacement parts available for Bosch mechanical gas fuel injectors. You can not replace the tip. The fuel injector is sealed up tight during the manufacturing process.

May is Read a Book Month!

Summer is upon us - Road Trip fever is here!

This is the Best Time of the Year…to Smell the Flowers… and to Work on Your Benz..

Full Service Brake Tips

Do a full brake service on your older Benz BEFORE hitting the road.

This is that time of year we pull our prized Mercedes out of winter storage and get it ready to hit the road. Just today (April 8) it was 72 degrees and bright blue skies here in Bellingham. Tomorrow I am going to put the top down and take Happier (my 280SL) for a tour of the countryside. :-)

Kent's Garage Episode 20

250SL Brakes Rebuild or Replace, Shrunk SL Top, Cleaning Rotors, 300TD SLS

In this episode Kent shows what he found wrong with the brakes on a 1967 250SL. Why was it so costly to repair anyway? He discusses the causes of sticking brakes and challenges he faces to find a way to help owners of older Mercedes or any other old car to prevent having to do these type of extensive and costly repairs. When it comes to brakes nothing beats prevention. The same could be said for the self leveling suspension on a 300TD wagon. Work starts this coming week on helping the owner find out why his rear suspension is acting so badly and what it is going to take to fix it. 

Kent's Garage Episode 18

W211 Door Panel, Green Ghost, Happier Door Lube, Beast Awakens, Milling Machine

Kent will show you all the things he has been working on in his shop this past week. The W211 E500 gets a new driver door seat switch. The 300SEL 6.3 "The Beast" was brought out of hibernation and is going to get some TLC. See the new tool that just arrived for the machine shop. Happier gets some smooth closing doors. 

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Kent's Garage Episode 16

Welcome the "Green Ghost," 560SEC and 240D Wrap Up, New Kits, 280SL Door Hinges, Eagle Watch River Trip

It was a super busy week at the shop. Kent wrapped up two projects which included some super extreme engine detailing, oil leak repair, and major diesel engine tuning. That work was done just in time to move the SEC and 240D out of the shop and welcome in the “Green Ghost.” This is the newest member of Kent’s fleet. Follow along in the future as he attempts to save it.

Kent's Garage Episode 15

560SEC engine leaks and fluid, Pressure tank revised, Spark Plugs, Super Wipes and More

In this video Kent explains what has been going on this past week in his shop and as a surprise move he is considering purchasing a damaged W116 300SD sedan. Is he crazy? Doesn't he already have enough cars? Check out this weeks episode and cast your vote whether or not he should buy this car. You are either going to love or hate the color - especially the color of the interior.

Kent’s Garage Episode 11

New Rescue, Maintenance Records, Door Lube, Safety, & Detailing

There is something for everyone is this video. Even if you don’t like working on cars you will get a good laugh out of watching. He will go over a number of different topics and even leave in a few “bloopers.” You will soon realize he is back on his lubrication “high horse” again. Here is a list of what he covers in this video:

Kent’s Garage Episode 9

Antenna Lube, favorite tool and product, special shock tool, intro to new coupe #2

In last weeks episode Kent listed what he feels are the 12 most common areas on neglect on your older Mercedes when it comes to proper lubrication. This week he will focus on the power antenna and what you need to do to keep in healthy. He will ramble on about some other special tools and products but the highlight of this episode in your getting to see his new Mercedes coupe #2.

Kent’s Garage Episode 8

LED Interior Lights, Glass Scratch Polish, Diesel IP Timing, 12 Lube Neglect, Kent's New Coupes, Night Work Lights

In this episode Kent explains how events always seem to occur in threes. He will give you a run down of the three new product kits he has been working on this past week. These include an interior LED light conversion kit, a windshield scratch removal and glass polish kit, and a diesel injection pump timing kit. He will explain some of the things he has been learning about led bulbs for older Mercedes, and give you a glimpse of how he was successful at coming up with a procedure to precisely and easily adjust the injection pump timing on Mercedes diesel engines.

Thanksgiving Weekend Sale!

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It is that time of year when we pause to be thankful for what we have. I am most thankful for my wife, my three children, and my new grand children.

Cyber Week Sale: You know I am a big fan of preventative maintenance (PM). In my book, the pinnacle of neglect is lack of lubrication. Someone recently asked me to list the most important areas that never seem to get lubricated. I came up with "Kent’s Big 12".

Kent’s Garage Episode 7!!!

240D engine update, plastic polish, shock absorbers, LED update, diesel oil, “road feel” and more

In this episode Kent will give you a brief update on his 1976 240D and explain why he is going to move that project into a separate video series. You will get to see the polish he uses to restore and seal old black hard plastic parts on a car. Watch how he keeps diesel fuel injectors from getting rusty on the engine.

Kent’s Garage: Episode 6

Making your engine pretty, Q and A and saving big $$$ on car repairs

In this episode Kent will give you an update on his 1976 240D. Painting the engine block has made a huge improvement on how the engine looks now. You will get to see the paint brushes and techniques he uses to apply just the right sheen of black enamel. Next he will tackle the aluminum parts. Here are some of the other topics he covers in this video.

Kent’s Garage: Episode 5

Things are really heating up around the shop. There is more work to do and not enough time to do it

This is a summary of what is covered in this weeks show:
Old diesel Engine preparation for cosmetic restoration, custom tools made with needle nose pliers, production of fuel injector pressure testers and kit supplies, new warm white LED dash lights, cup holders for the older models, Questions and Answers, Beast update, reference to new series on buying a 1986 to 1995 Mercedes and what he is working on for next week’s show.