So in order to adjust the ALDA on the 603, you have to shim it as opposed to 
adjusting a screw like on the 617?

Dan

> On Sep 3, 2015, at 12:23 PM, Curly McLain via Mercedes 
> <mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> 
> There were posts, and I think a McMaster part number for that some years ago. 
>  Not having a mcmaster any where near, and not wanting to pay $10 shipping 
> for a 50¢ part, I take the copper washer for the OM603 (124) oil filter 
> center bolt, as they are not used in the SDL, then put that copper washer 
> over a needlenose pliers, and pull the pliers apart, stretching the washer 
> oval.  Turn 90º and repeat.  repeat until the washer is big enough to fit 
> over the alda guts, but still small enough to fit inside the threads.
> 
> A ring sizer or other  tapered round is good for changing it back in to a 
> circle from the oval.  I don't have a ring sizer, so  I just do the best I 
> can with the needlenose pliers.  It is not an exact science.
> 
> This results in a copper washer about 1/16" thick and maybe 2 mm wide in 
> cross section.
> 
> There ore other ways to do it, but since I always have oil filters, one of 
> these washers is always handy.  I throw the copper washers/rings etc I don't 
> use into a can near the oil filter stash
> 
> I tried on in the 300D one tme, but it was overkill, so I took it out and 
> jest left it the way it was.  That car had only about 200K miles at the time, 
> so not too badly worn.  The winter heap SDL has about 500k miles.
> 
> If you had a steel ring sizer and a brass hammer, you can stretch the washer 
> with those tools by tap and turn the same as a jeweler enlarges a ring.
> 
> 
>> Curly, is there a standard thickness for the proper shim, or do you use the 
>> Booth method?
>> --
>> Max Dillon
>> Charleston SC
>> '87 300TD
>> '95 E300
>> 
>>> On September 3, 2015 10:31:46 AM EDT, Curly McLain via Mercedes 
>>> <mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
>>> 
>>> I just shimmed the alda in my winter heap (finally) and it is much
>>> better.  It accelerates with some spirit,  but still not what I'd
>>> call properly tuned.  Still no puffs of soot when you get on it, but
>>> it was sedate to the point of being near a 240D auto.
>> 
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