In this 14-minute video instruction, you will get to see how Kent cleans and details an engine compartment in a W210 E430 using his favorite chemicals and techniques. This includes using less than a gallon of water and controlling the spray rinse so you protect sensitive electrical components.
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If you own and maintain an older car (especially 15 years and older) you must be willing to take care of its lubrication needs or you may spend big money later in repairs.
When replacing the front struts ( shock absorbers ) on a W201 W124 or some W129 chassis it is frustrating and time-consuming trying to remove and replace the big 22 mm top nut on the front struts ( shocks ).
This kit will allow you to remove your old fuel warmer and completely bypass it with the parts and instructions you will receive in this kit.
Mercedes installed small fuel warmers on these engines using engine coolant to warm up the fuel just before it enters the injection pump. The idea is great - especially in cold climates, but in moderate and warmer climates it is probably not needed.
Over the years Kent has used a number of different things to place on top his jack stands to prevent damage and for added security. He has even tried some of the commercially available jack stand plastic covers. Nothing has proven to work better than the special cut reinforced hose shown here.
In this video Kent will demonstrate how to replace the REAR shocks in the chassis mentioned above. He will do this on the ground on his W124 coupe using a floor jack, jack stands, and hand tools.
In this video Kent will demonstrate how to replace the FRONT shocks in the chassis mentioned above. He will do this on the ground using a floor jack, jack stands, and hand tools.
This is the best one Kent has ever used and he has tried quiet a few kneeling "aids". With 6 wheels this one is strong enough not to break in the middle. In indents with the knee foam are very comfortable.
Are you tired of windshield washers sprayers that done spray straight or don't spray at all. If you can hear the pump running but no fluid is coming out the nozzles it could be the nozzle holes are plugged with dirt.
"I have heard some owners complain about the unreliability of those older Hirschmann power antennas. I would say that in at least 80 percent of the few hundred antennas I have taken apart that went bad - the reason was lack of lubrication!
Purchase together and save $$$$. Ever wish you could get rid of the annoying wiper scratches on your front windshield (or rear hatch glass if you have a rear wiper)?
Ever wish you could get rid of the annoying wiper scratches on your front windshield (or rear hatch glass if you have a rear wiper)? How about those fine scratches in your side windows caused by dirt in the scrapers with rolling the windows up and down.
This video will take you step by step through the process of using our glass polish kit with a multitool to remove those fine scratches from your windshield or rear hatch glass. It also works great for polishing the water and acid rain out of any glass, including shower doors!
All these 124 chassis cars are 20 years or older. That is when rubber parts start to fail regardless of mileage. If you want to restore the factory ride and handling Kent strongly recommends you replace the top rubber mounts when you replace the shocks.
Many of our customers are wondering whether they should get bright white or warm white LED bulbs for their dash lights. It is a personal preference, so you have to be careful not to just go with someone else's advice. Also, some of you are concerned that the LED's will be too bright in the dash.
WARNING: Be very careful buying these from another vendor. They will not work in Mercedes. We have to modify and test each one here in our shop to make certain you will receive a bulb that works and will not burn out immediately or short out your instrument circuit board!
Kent has been working a long time to find a way to stop the ugly corrosion on aluminum and magnesium engine parts. Particularly valve covers and intake manifolds.
These instructions cover problems you may have with your bulb holders, how to set up the new LED bulbs to do TIGHTLY into the bulbs holders so they won't come loose and go out on you, and how to modify and experiment with the maximum brightness of an individual LED bulb.
While working on the fuel injectors of a 240D this week, Kent finally decided he had had enough. After 20 years of fighting those fuel injector return hoses he decided he just had to come up with a tool to make the job easier. 2 hours later the tool was designed and the prototype made.
In this short video Kent will show you how he first tests the sunroof drains for blockage and then how he goes about cleaning out any blockage.
If you are tired of "guessing" on those critical low torque settings maybe it is time to get a small torque wrench. This is the one Kent likes for super low torque settings up. It is quality made and will not cost you an arm and a leg. You can even calibrate it yourself!
Too many emails on this subject pretty much forced Kent to do this almost 3 hour long video class. If you are having problem starting your old 1976 to 1993 Mercedes with Bosch C.I.S. fuel injection this is a must see.
This video is free with the purchase of Kent's new dash cluster pull tool set. If you just want to see how he uses the tools and some tricks to get difficult clusters out you are welcome to purchase this video separately. Approximate run time is 20 minutes.
Removing a Mercedes instrument cluster from any of the chassis listed is easy with these special "pull" tools. Many owners do not realize that the instrument cluster is just pushed into the dash panel and not held in with any bolts or screws.
Wouldn’t it be grand if there was a way to remove your ignition tumbler without a key - then easily start the car using a flat blade screw driver or needle nose pliers and drive away?
If you have been around old Mercedes for any length of time, you have probably run into a problem with your ignition key starting to "stick" or one that does not turn. This problem can leave you stranded and could cost hundreds of dollars to fix $$$.
If you are having problems with a sticking key a new tumbler a new tumbler and key may or may not fix your problem.
How can you tell if you have a hole or leak in your exhaust system? What are the symptoms? Can the leak be patched? When will you have to get either a new center muffler or rear muffler or pipes or all three? Can you replace the mufflers yourself and what are the tricks?
This is one of Kent's favorite tools around his shop. It is used almost daily. The tool rose out of a need to be able to safely hold fuel inectors while cleaning when with a large high speed wire wheel. No tool like this is availabe so it had to be built in our shop!
The dash lights on these older models have never been super bright and on the 123 chassis, they have been downright dim - even with new bulbs and a new potentiometer.
Old cars and brake issues go hand in hand. Especially if the car is not driving very often. Brake problems usually first show up as “dragging” or sticking brakes. If this issue is not dealt with immediately it can lead to serious problem including the car catching on fire.
This video will be an excellent example of how to save big $$$ doing the work on your own car. If your gas engine is idling too fast in neutral it could be an expensive problem, but in many cases it is due to lack of maintenance over a long period of time.
If you have a Mercedes of this era equipped with an impulse code reader you will find a little numbered black box similar to the one in the pictured here in your engine compartment. It is located over by the battery and may have a black cover on it that can be lifted off.
Kent starts out the video talking about prevention by using the neck reinforcement kit he has been selling for years. In the case of his own 1990 300SL the neck had not been reinforced and it broke cleanly right in the middle.
Leaking fuel injector pumps have become a very common problem in the 60x. engines produced from the mid 1980s to the mid 1990s. The early 60x.
Another great solution from Mercedessource!
A broken radiator neck can be safely repaired if it breaks off cleanly in the center or aft of the center of the neck. If it breaks off too close to the tank or breaks off in multiple small pieces then we advise that you replace the radiator.
M104 Gas Engine Head Gasket Replacement Part 3: Cleaning, Inspection & Parts to Order - On Demand Video
The head has been successfully removed. There is quite a bit of work that will need to be done before the head is ready to go back on. The head and the block will need to be cleaned and inspected and parts will need to be ordered. Other parts should be replaced while the head is off the engine.
Have you ever tried to mask off your tires with paper and tape before painting the wheels? If you have I am sure you are laughing right now. Doesn't work too hot...Hard to get any tape to stick to the rubber tire.
Distributor neglect is one of the most common neglected maintenance items that we see on the 6 cylinder 103 engine. Just because the engine is running ok does not mean that the parts are not worn out. One day you will get up in the morning and the engine will not start.
If your modulator is working ok, but leaking transmission fluid, you may only need to replace the inexpensive oring ( o ring ). You do have to be careful when removing the modulator from the transmission. For instructions (available separately) see related products below.