Groaning, snaping and jammed door check straps are a common problem on the older models (up through 1995). This is primarily due to age and lack of lubrication. Newer models will soon start having similar problems. Rain water getting inside the doors is the big killer.
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Diesel engines make noise. Some ticking and rattling is normal and not something you should be concerned about. Certain loud knocking or rattling noises could be a sign that something bad is happening to the engine, especially if the noise comes on suddenly.
This is part 2 of a 4 part video series Kent has done on repairing the power tilting sunroofs on the W201 W126 and W124 chassis built from 1986 to 1995. Part 1 covers removal and replacement of the sunroof panel and headliner.
If your transmission is shifting too soon it can really rob your car of power and acceleration. If it is shifting too late it can be very loud and annoying and even affect fuel economy.
The driver's side W124 under dash panel can be a little tricky to remove due to all the hidden fasteners. Without knowing where these are and how to get to them, removal can be frustrating and it is easy to break the plastic covers.
When working under a Benz having the right equipment to put the car and hold it safely up in the air is very important. Always think safety, and the type of equipment and how it is used plays the key role in keeping you safe.
You will need to remove the W126 chassis center console upper wood panel when replacing the climate control switch panel, replacing any of the upper switches, replacing burned out light bulbs and /or when remove the center console or the upper dash.
When an old Mercedes ( or any other car for that matter ) has sat idle for over a year it can be a challenge to get it safely back on the road again. If it has sat idle for more than 5 years you may find it difficult to even get the engine running.
In this 10 minute video class Kent shows you what you should initially look for when checking out an older Mercedes for sale. He routinely does a quick 3 to 5 minute walk around to determine if the car passes his priority three part test.
Those three areas on inspection are:
Extreme Detailing Part 3: Exterior Paint Buffing and Waxing for Professional Results - On Demand Video
There is nothing better than a good buff and wax to bring out the shine on an old Benz. Particularly if the car has not been waxed in a couple years! The results are directly related to the amount of work you put into it.
Why would you need to remove a fuel tank? If it is heavily rusted or contaminated sometimes it is just easier to find a good used fuel tank and replace it. Trying to clean a heavily gummed up fuel tank is a real challenge.
Malfunctioning and failed power window regulators (mechanisms) are so common on older Mercedes that Kent can almost guarantee if you own one and drive it regularly you will have to fix one at some point.
In this video Kent shares his secrets on how to make the inside of an old Benz look like new again. Now granted, you must have a reasonably good car to start with. He is not going to show you how to reupholster, change seats and door panels, etc.
In this video Kent will walk you through the step-by-step procedures he uses when diagnosing and repairing an older Mercedes diesel engine that either won't start or is very difficult to start.
This 25 minute video will instruct you on how to replace the fuel injectors in your 1976 to 1980 8-cylinder M117 engine safely and efficiently. This is a fairly straightforward job, but there are some pitfalls you will want to avoid.
This 33 minute video will instruct you on how to replace the fuel injectors in your 8-cylinder M116 engine safely and efficiently. This is a fairly straightforward job, but there are some pitfalls you will want to avoid.
This 16-minute video will instruct you on how to replace the fuel injectors in your 6 cylinder M110 safely and efficiently. Since this is a fairly straight forward remove and replace this is not a step-by-step video.
The sunroof transmission drive unit moves the cable back and forth to open and close the sunroof. There are 5 gears inside this unit that transfer the incoming drive from the motor ( high speed) to the final drive moving the cable (slow speed).
In part one Kent will show you how to get all the sunroof parts off our old Mercedes and on a bench particularly if you sunroof is broken and not moving. In this 21 minute instructional video here is a list of the subjects he covers:
Is your old gas engine running a little rough? There could be lots of reasons for this but if you have good compression, good plugs and wires you might consider replacing your O2 sensor even if your warning light is not showing up. This is an easy DIY job.
In this 13 minute instructional video Kent will demonstrate how to remove an old fan clutch and replace it with a new one on a 1983 380SL This is a beginner D.I.Y. job and no special tools are required. This video is included free of charge with the purchase of our Later V8 fan clutch kit.
This video only applies to our injector pressure tester. Kent will show you how to attach the capture bottle and fittings to your older Version 1 or Version 2 pressure tester. Video is free with purchase of the conversion kit.
In this detailed 30-minute video Kent will walk you through the process of installing new tie rod ends on his 1959 Mercedes 220SE. The principles are the same on almost all models from the 1950s up to the 1990s. He will explain the differences in adjustment between the older and newer styles
1978 to 1985 Diesel VCV ( Vacuum Control Valve ) Internal Inspection and Service Instructions - On Demand Video
Kent delivers a very detailed 24 minute video on understanding how this valve works and how to fix it if possible. You will learn how to recognize a valve that is just too worn out to repair. No bleeder valve repair parts are available and there is not way to DIY fix one if it is badly damaged.
1981 to 1991 Monovalve Climate Control Electric Water Pump Upgrade Installation Instructions - On Demand Video
In this 30-minute instructional video, Kent will explain how this new pump compares to the original, what is included in the kit and why, how to make a new plugin wiring harness, demonstrate step by step how to install this pump in a late W123 and explain the differences you will face when instal
In this instructional video, Kent demonstrates how easy it is to install the Klima heater control valve ( monovalve replacement ). If you have one of these popular and classic Mercedes, this is the best upgrade you can make for your climate control.
This an instructional "how-to" video that comes with our ACCIII performance upgrade it. It will show you how to install a protective fuse for your auxillary water pump and how to replace the rotton foam climate control hose under your dash. Total run time is 16:29.
In this video Kent will show you how to remove the center wood panel and the climate control switch panel so you can replace the 5 small bulbs behind it that light up the switch panel and the buttons behind it. It is not as difficult as it may first appear if you understand the procedure.
This 8-minute on-demand video will show you how Kent uses the Super 3M trim adhesive to glue dash and center wood pieces in a W123. The principles apply to other models as well as almost any loose rubber piece on any car.
I think well over half of all W123 wagon rear hatch wiper assemblies are either stuck, broken, inoperative, noisy or just won't part properly. The main reason for all these failures is lack of service ( ie lubrication ). It just never gets done.
This 10-minute instructional video will show you how to remove the center shift cover wood piece, replace the broken pin in the back, and reinstall the cover back into your W123.
In this 17 minute instructional video Kent will walk you through removing and installation a VCV valve off the back of the injection pump and the proper way to adjust the linkage travel for best performance. A number of tips will be shared to reduce frustration and prevent problems.
Please note that this video class is included free with the purchase of one of our remaining new 450SL or 380SL steering lock assemblies.
Please note that this video class is included free with the purchase of one of our steering lock repair services or a new or rebuilt steering lock assembly. Please see related products below.
In this 14 minute instructional video, Kent will show you how to safely remove the side window lower trim without damaging the car's paint or the soft aluminum trim. He will do this using his special tool to do this job. He will also show you how to install the trim back on without bending it.
This video ONLY covers some of Kent's "tips and tricks" on installing a harmonic balancer back onto the front of the crankshaft on an old Mercedes engine. The specific procedure was filmed while doing a front crank seal replacement on a 1983 240D.
There are a number of things that can go wrong with a W123 instrument cluster.
In the video instruction, Kent will show you the step-by-step procedure on how to safely remove the instrument cluster from the dash. It will require our special dash pull tools that can be purchased separately.
In this 16-minute instructional video, Kent will explain some of the challenges and problems you may have to deal with when changing your instrument cluster bulbs by not removing the cluster.
To many people, automotive electrical systems and testing are a big mystery. It is not as complicated as you might think.
In this video, Kent will show you how he fixed his leaking tires on his chrome alloy wheels by using Miracle Paint. This is a full 22-minute step-by-step instructional video. Watch the video "trailer" below to give you a better understanding of what is involved in this procedure.
In this 19 minute instructional video, Kent takes an old 1970 280SE engine in the back of his shop and pulls the harmonic balancer off the front of the engine, removes the old seal, uses his custom-built puller to remove to seal race, and then shows you how to use the tools in his seal replacemen
This 25-minute video is a supplement to Kent's other instructions on replacing diesel engine front crank seals. It is offered free of charge with one of the seal replacement kits.
There seems to always be a better way to do it.
In this video Kent will share some set up tips as well as explain what is in the compression tester and an overview of how it is used.
This video will show you how to remove the front crank seal race using the factory tool and using Kent's custom puller. It will also demonstrate a very easy way to install a new replacement race before installing a new seal.
Kent will get right up behind the rear end hub plate and show you close up how to remove and replace a sway bar link. This is not a difficult job especially if you follow the sequence shown in this 7- minute video.
1977 to 1980 W116 R107 C107 V8 and W123 6 Cyl. Fuel Accumulator Tee Hose Rebuild Instructions - On Demand Video
In this 13-minute video instruction Kent will show you how to make your own accumulator tee hose connection either using parts from. our kit ( see below) or parts you purchase yourself. This video is included free with the purchase of our kit.
Kent will take you over to his workbench and completely take apart a rusty and old fuel delivery system from a 1980 450SL and put it all back together again with some shiney new paint and parts supplied in his special kit for these cars. This video runs for 24 minutes.
In this 30 minute-long video Kent will walk you through what he did for the rear suspension on his 1983 240D.