ATTABOY on the 420; 'hope it goes well with the 500.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Dan Penoff via Mercedes" <>
To: "Okie Benz" <>
Cc: "Dan Penoff" <>
Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 8:26 AM
Subject: [MBZ] When It Rains, It Pours...

Holy mother of pearl, I swear this stuff goes in waves....

Oldest boy comes in last night about 7:30:

"The battery light on my car (1998 S420) came on. Should I get the battery checked?"

I go out and go over the car. All seems well except for the voltage at the battery while the car is running: about 12.25 VDC. Hmm.

I tell him to go get it checked at Advance Auto and report back.

20 minutes later he returns. "They checked my battery and said it's good," as he hands me the little thermal paper printout from their diagnostic machine.

I then realize I wasn't specific enough in telling him to have them do a full charging system check, so I climb in the car with him and we go to another Advance Auto nearby (we have two within four miles of the house.)

We get there, they test the system, flat line for alternator output. Bingo! So much for the reman I bought from them and installed on the car back in November of last year, with lifetime warranty, I might add.

So we return to the house and jump in my car, as it's now dark and I don't want to risk it in his car with the headlights on. We then go to the other Advance Auto to get an alternator, which the other store didn't have in stock.

Interestingly, this part number was not the one for the car in their application list, however, it was in November. Not only that, but in November the core was $105! It's now $50. Strange.

We get the alternator, head back to the house, and spend an hour swapping it out. New one works just fine, makes plenty of electricity.

Today the parts for the S500 come in. I only hope I am as lucky with it as we were with the S420. And I hope this is the end of car issues for a while. I'm beginning to feel like a full time mechanic.



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