On 11/09/2015 11:33 AM, Curly McLain via Mercedes wrote:
I have to wonder what your potential liability might be if that failed
and resulted in an accident.
Alles.Last night I said that these things come in threes. Well #3 was
that this morning the olde and rusty '87 300TD was stone dead, no
lights, no start, again.Broken ground strap. Wait for it. As I was
replacing the ground strap, it came to my attention that the whole
cap of the shock tower was moving in unison with my wrench. Sh*t!It
is almost adrift, which explains the occasional shimmy in the front
end.Visions of flying off the road with my grand daughter yesterday
played in my head.Maybe somebody up there is trying to get my
attention! Thank you!
Fred Moir.Lynn MA.Diesel preferred.
I had that happen in my old 110 rustbucket 190Dc winter car. I took
pieces of sheet metal, and self drilling sheet metal screws and
stabilized the shock tower. I drove it that way a couple more years
until the car was permanently retired. The 124, where the strut is
also the suspension may be a little more tricky, but I am sure you can
manufacture something to keep the strut bearing in place, M/L.
A bunch of lawyers would be all over that to show that you knowingly
drove an unsafe car on the road and totally disregarded the safety of
the public in so doing.
Now, having said that, I am assuming that this relates to the shock
tower and not to suspension that holds the spring. This is not a strut
but just a shock right? In which case it might well be ok to do it.
My wife's grandfather used to tell a story about driving down to Florida
in the winter. He had the car filled up at a service station along the
way and the gas jockey checked the oil for him and then came to the
window and asked him to come look under the hood.
There was oil on the shock and the fellow told him that it was unsafe to
drive the car with bad shocks and they could fix it for him quite
quickly. Grandpa was smarter than that. He figured the fellow had some
sort of small bottle that he used to squirt some oil onto the shock and
that it was a scam, so he said to the fellow - "sonny, I have been
driving cars since before they had shock absorbers, so I am not
concerned about it" and went on his way with his oily shock.
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