A true challenge - but you can do it with the right knowledge.
What's wrong with my Mercedes?
Body and Exterior Trim Problems
Anyone want to guess what the secret is???
In most cases it is a two step process - especially if your paint is faded.
W124 Chassis procedure shown here but applies to many models
Kent recently discovered one product that shines above all the rest
Failure is almost always caused by corrosion due to high moisture environment and lack of lubrication
You can do this in your own driveway with minimal tools and experience
Depending on where the damage is you can do amazing things with jacks and hammers.
Just take a break!
It could be coming from a number of places for a number of reasons
Start with something you can do yourself that is not super difficult and gives dramatic results.
This covers most models with electric sunroofs from 1986 to 1995
The right tool can do the job without damage
Put the body filler on in two phases and manage the time when you grate and sand it
Location of the three digit numerical code and translation here
You don't have to use expensive spray equipment or 2 part expensive primer
It is not as scary as you would think and the deals out there are amazing
Kent believes there is no one correct answer. Just too many options...lol
If caught early enough they can be easily fix permanently with Miracle Paint
There is one amazing product Kent recently found that polishes it all!
Until you have driven one it is hard to explain
Nothing is better than a good thick fender cover
The best way to save money is to buy the right car in the first place
It is simple to clean out the hole and adjust it with the right "tool."
Fuel Delivery Problems
You will need a bench mount pressure release tester to do this yourself.
Learn how this works so well and how you can do it yourself
Find the source and fix immediately to avoid an engine fire!
This is a very common problem on the 602 and 603 diesel engines
How do you know if they are bad? If they have not been recently rebuilt they probably are!!!
Fuel Line and Transmission Cooler Line Leak Prevention
You need to look no further than the precision nozzles produced by Monark of Germany
Here are some ways to inspect for and prevent algae growth
Using the right methods and products are the key to the amazing results
The key is in using the right products and techniques. Let Kent show you how.
Get the right products and make a lasting repair yourself
How to get the regulator out the door when this happens
Indoor lighting can be difficult. Kent has recently found the ultimate solution.
Unknown battery drain, electrical shorts, blown fuses - these can be difficult to isolate!
One of the most common problems we see on older Mercedes.
That have a different style battery clamp
Some chargers won't start the charge cycle without some help
This is a sure sign your electrical switch is going bad
If you are constantly having to replace glow plugs do not immediately blame the plugs! Ream the carbon!
Kent recommends just sending it out for professional repair
If it is happening on a regular basis it probably is not bad glow plugs
Neglect is probably the No. 1 Cause of your Benz not starting
Yes, they do need service if you want them to last.
Don't let anyone kid you... this is not an easy job!
Corrosion on the contacts can cause all kinds of electrical problems
This could be caused by one or even a combination of three things.
This is one of Kent’s favorite tools to have around the shop
You can do it with commercial products or something in the cupboard
Do not assume it is just a bad battery! Diagnose first...
Using an inexpensive code reader or scan tool is not difficult
A special compound should be used - especially with steel bolts in aluminum threads
This is Kent's favorite
There is a better and cleaner way!
An old hose can be very difficult to remove due to age and corrossion
With the right tool and a little know-how it is super easy.
How to determine if they need replacement
It takes work but with the right products and techniques you will be amazed
You would be amazed at the pesky problems these can create!
You neglect the maintenance here and you WILL pay the price
Summary list of the most common causes and parts needed to fix them Part 2 of 5
These questions become more important with the long oil change intervals associated with Synthetic Engine Oil
Summary list of the most common causes and parts needed to fix them
Find out what it does, how to test it, and what happens if it does not work.
Summary list of the most common causes and parts needed to fix them Part 3 of 5
It is best if you can see and hear it run - if not some tests are essential
Even low mileage gas Mercedes as Kent recently discovered.
Summary list of the most common causes and parts needed to fix them. Part 5 of 5
You actually may not need a large tank to thoroughly clean them
Could be the starter itself, ring gear on the flywheel or a combination of both
Monitor your engine temperature gauge in the morning for telltale signs.
Summary list of the most common causes and parts needed to fix them Part 4 of 5
If the engine has been overheated it is almost never "just a head gasket"
Are you concerned about damage to the electrical components and sensitive electronics?
Here are some of Kent's favorites - most you should carry in your trunk
6 part video series on reasons why you should or shouldn't
How to get the frozen nuts off and the stud back in safely
Your inspection should always include this
You may have to make your own like Kent did...:-)
Do not neglect to give it Kents 30 day exercise program
At all costs avoid rounding out the hex head of the bolt!
Here are some quick checks you can do yourself to determine how good the engine is.
You can do it with magnets!
Kent has been inspired to design his own series of ultimate shop lights
If the break was clean and the tank still solid you can be repair it for less than $50.
With the right paint and technique YOU can do it yourself!
Not easy by any means. Options and ways to prevent it are listed here.
The best way is to use an oil extractor
If you use RTV you can create some real problems
Very easy to do if you know what to do with that little numbered black box!
Driveline and rear end Problems
Best way to test them is out of the car on the bench
Knowing your rear suspension design and theory will help troubleshoot a problem
Nothing like having the right tool
Sometimes the fix can be real simple and real cheap.
Tail lights we are talking all models from 1960s to Mid 1990's - Fog lights only on those with removable lenses.
This can happen on a number of models for a number of reasons
Get a good light and get under the car.
If your transmission locks up in 2nd gear and won't shift there is hope!
Minor frustration for most of us who service our own transmissions
A medium frustration for most of us who service our own transmissions
A major frustration for most of us who service our own transmissions
There is a proper way to do this to determine proper level inside transmission
If you are losing brake fluid the source must be found quickly
After looking for years Kent has finally come up with the ideal no-spill fluid extractor
Don't be too hasty to buy a new one
If over 15 years old then this is a must do job to prevent braking problems!
Some simple precautions can save a big mess and ease brake system bleeding
This is not to be taken lightly!
There are some signs that will let you know your calipers are locking up.
Some simple maintenance could help to solve the problem
Can the problem really be solved? Kent has been on the hunt for a solution.
Rust / Corrosion Problems
It is all about prevention. Remember rust never sleeps!
It works on any type of rust - on any iron based metal - on any vehicle or part
Easy preventative maintenance you should do at least every six months... unless you live in the desert..:-)
You have to keep the air away from it
Climate Control Problems
These really get neglected and they are easy DIY
Learn the correct procedure to determine how to fix the problem
It is possible to test their condition on the car
Sometimes you can only do it with our special tool - a few occasions you have to drop the rear of the tranny
It could be a number of things including shock absorbers
Double check for damage and use a product to scare them away