Understanding how an inside rear view mirror is mounted is essential for proper removal and replacement. The mirror can be easily damaged if you do not know the tricks to getting it snapped back into the mounting bracket in the head liner.
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In this video Kent shares his technique for removing a padded steering wheel on most 107, 114, 115, 116, 123, 126, and 201 to 1985 chassis. These are the models WITHOUT an airbag.
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.
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.
To many people, automotive electrical systems and testing are a big mystery. It is not as complicated as you might think.
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 video is part of the full net repair kit we sell. See related products below. If you choose just to watch this video, you will have to source your own bungee cord and crimping sleeves.
This on demand video only covers the principles of how to get a non-memory power seat in a 1980 to 1990 Mercedes to move forward and backward so you can get to the bolts to remove the seat from the car or remove the seat spring from the track assembly.
Our seat spring repair kit has been a great success! It can easily repair sagging on broken front seat springs. But what about seat padding. A lot of the older ( 1970's to 1980's glued fiber seat padding can crush down and even disintegrate over time.
This video will show Kent's technique on how to prime and paint alloy wheels using our wheel paint kit and masking dam that we sell separately. See below. The techniques will also apply to any spray can paint you should choose to use.
This is a full 25-minute step-by-step instructional video on how to properly flush or bleed your brake system using our pressure brake bleeder and fluid capture tank.
In this video, Kent explains the correct procedure for cleaning and lubricating your hubs and rear brake rotor BEFORE you install your wheels. He hardly ever sees this done when removing wheels on 15 plus-year-old Mercedes so he knows it is almost ALWAYS neglected.
Kent came up with this kit because of all the times he replaced e-brake shoes only to end up with battered knuckles and extreme headaches. This video is included free with the purchase of the toolkit.
This video is intended to be used as instructions when purchasing Kent's Rust Buster Tool. It can be viewed separately but you will need the tool to apply the principles. This video is included free of charge when purchasing the tool. See related products below:
Have you dreaded changing the rear end fluid before because it is a pain and ends up being really "messy?" Kent finally decided there had to be a better way so he went to work and came up with the idea of using a simple and affordable custom made pressure tank to "flush" and refill differentials
This video will take all the "mystery" away...
This is not a complete instructional video on how to "overhaul" the M116 and M117 D-Jetronic fuel injected V8 distributor. There is lots of information out there on installing new points, setting the dwell and timing, replacing the cap and wires, etc.
Maybe you have even tried this only to have to patch fall on the floor when you walk away... ( it has happened to Kent... :-) ).
Learn all the tricks to adjusting the valves on your older Mercedes V8 engine.
PLEASE NOTE: These are not complete instructions on how to open up an early style SLS pump and properly reseal it. Rather, these are some tips that will make the job go faster and easier. These are things Kent has learned rebuilding a number of these pumps himself.
PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a complete instructional video on how to install a new timing chain in a 1970 to 1991 M116 or M117 Mercedes V8 engine. Rather it is a collection of "tips" to help you prevent running into trouble when doing this job yourself.
In this video, Kent will walk you through some initial steps you can take to try to solve a rough running problem on an early Mercedes V8 engine with D-Jetronic fuel injection. Please note that this is an introductory troubleshooting video. It does not contain any actual repair information.
This can happen when you least expect it! It happened to me right when I purchased a W109 300SEL and it can be really frustrating.
One of the most often neglected easy and inexpensive maintenance items I see on gas engines. Why do people think that spark plugs will last forever or that it doesn't matter what type of plug is used! Aren' they all created equal?
You can not believe how many problems Kent has seen over the years as a result of the camshaft oiler tube falling off inside the valve cover! It is held on by inexpensive small plastic clips and guess what happens after 15 to 20 years? Yes, that is correct.
Kent will show you the proper way to remove and replace a V8 valve cover gasket so you won't have oil leaks after installing a new one. This is a common maintenance item.
In this video, I will go over the procedure of removing and replacing the level control valve in your older Mercedes with Airmatic suspension. The work here will be performed on a 2000 W220 S500. Other models may have the valve located in a different position with slightly different mounting.
This is a BIG problem! Failure to fix it can shorten engine life by allowing dirt to enter the combustion chambers thus damaging the piston rings which lead to low compression, poor fuel economy, hard starting, high oil consumption and loss of power.
These are the instructions that come with our black engine and chassis paint restoration kit, but they will help you successfully spray paint almost anythings. These step-by-step techniques were developed by Kent over almost 60 years of spray painting cars and parts.
Kent will explain the theory of operation in simple terms, why it is so important for proper transmission shifting performance, and how to test it hooked up to the engine's vacuum system with the engine running.
In this video, Kent will show you the step-by-step procedures for replacing your broken seat adjustment handle in 1973 to 1985 W116 and W123 Mercedes-Benz sedans, coupes and wagons.
If one or more doors on a W116 sedan require an excessive pull on the door handle for the door to open you may be able to easily fix this yourself.
This on-demand training video will walk you through the steps you need to follow in order to get your headliner panel off so you can work on the sunroof. If your sunroof won't open, you are stuck - right? Not SO according to Kent.
This video will show you to details on how to use Kent's custom rear end and manual transmission drain plug wrench. These 14 mm plugs were used on almost all manual transmission and rear ends from the early 1960's up to the mid 2000's.
This is PART 3 of Kent’s three part video series on troubleshooting and repairing a very common shifting problem in the 1996 to 2006 Mercedes 722.6 five (5) speed automatic transmission.
This short video instruction is meant to go along with our 4 cylinder electronic conversion kit. These are the supplemental instructions to help you successfully install the correct shutter onto the camshaft of an early 4 cylinder distributor. This can be a little tricky on certain models.
If your early door lock actuators do not have any cracks in the rubber diaphragms, but they just won't hold vacuum - it may be possible to fix them by taking them apart and cleaning and resealing the outer lip of each diaphragm.
This is PART 2 of Kent’s three part video series on troubleshooting and repairing a very common shifting problem in the 1996 to 2006 Mercedes 722.6 five (5) speed automatic transmission.
This is PART 1 of Kent’s three part video series on troubleshooting and repairing a very common shifting problem in the 1996 to 2006 Mercedes 722.6 five (5) speed automatic transmission. The entire video series is included free of charge when