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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.
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.
"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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is the Best Time of the Year…to Smell the Flowers… and to Work on Your Benz..
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. :-)
Next up are his 1959 180D Ponton sedan, and pristine W126 560SEC. Watch the video's below to learn more. See links below for more details.
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 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.