Re: [MBZ] Sold this 1987 190e cosworth

2021-04-05 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
I would hope so, I've done that on the TE and it took me three days. Something like 18 hours book time ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] Blood Tests

2021-04-03 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Get the natural peanut butter that settles out and has to be stirred up. Or make your own, if you have a food processor it's pretty easy, just roast peanuts to the desired darkness, rub off the skins, and process until smooth enough. All the other peanut butters are partially hydrogenated.

Re: [MBZ] Blood Tests

2021-04-01 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Triglycerides are free fats. Trans fat (hydrogenated fats) and fructose both tend to raise LDL cholesterol plus triglycerides and high carbs tend to raise triglycerides I think, along with high fat intake. For diet recommendations, they are pretty simple. More fruits and veggies, plenty of

Re: [MBZ] OT GET THE VAX!!!!

2021-03-31 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Already have mine, as of Feb 24th! ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com

Re: [MBZ] OT Covids vax

2021-03-30 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
That was my reaction to the Hepatitis B vaccine back in '83. Strong reaction means your body is responding. I had CoVid in December, got the vaccine in Feb -- first one made me sore and a little off feeling, second one was just injection site soreness, so I think I'm good.

Re: [MBZ] Do you think

2021-03-26 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Something conductive running over the board is bad May work once you clean it up though. I'm never than lucky. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] Probably more appropriate ...

2021-03-19 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Check for vacuum leaks, especially between the manifold halves and the hose to the MAP. Injector seals drove me nuts on my 280SE too. Might clean the trigger points too. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/

Re: [MBZ] Restarting problem

2021-03-15 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
My buddy had the same issue with his VW Golf TDI. Cold start no issues particularly, but immediate restart hot was a no-go until it sat for a while. Turned out to be a bad crank position sensor. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives

Re: [MBZ] COVID-19 Vaccines and study sizes

2021-03-13 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Another thing to consider is that ALL of them protect against severe disease. Feeling crappy for a few days vs intensive care and lung damage, etc, I'll take the feeling crappy. Get whatever you can. I suspect we will be getting boosters for this for a while, just like flu shots.

Re: [MBZ] Rounded drain plug!

2021-03-12 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Buy a TopSider and never take the plug out again, that's what I've done. Peter ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] O.T. How Soon We Forget

2021-03-07 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
It is sad, and a sad commentary on our educational system that the hows, whys, and solutions to the Great Depression are not taught. If they were we wouldn't have stuff like BitCoin and the GameStop stock fiasco, people would know better. The WPA helped feed my Mom growing up, my Grandpa

Re: [MBZ] On the Subject of Early MB Slushbox Shifters...

2021-03-05 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Do you remember that Hydramatics had the reverse on the far right? Past Low. One of the early Federal automotive requirements was the PRNDL pattern -- far too many cars were jumping curbs because the sloppy linkage GM used (nearly everyone else had quit using Hydramatics after the 1950s fire

Re: [MBZ] I did A Thing

2021-03-03 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Shot of carb cleaner down the intake while cranking will tell you if it's fuel or not, should fire if the ignition is working and nothing horrible like a broken camshaft is preventing it from running. Listen for the fuel pump running a few seconds when you switch the ignition on too, not

Re: [MBZ] OT: Squirrels in the bird feeder

2021-03-01 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
What works for me is a feeder that has a flap that closes down over the feed when pressed, and comes back up when released. Set at the lightest setting it will also close when the blackbird flocks show up, otherwise they will strip the feeder and the songbirds don't get any. There are various

Re: [MBZ] I guess early 123 diesels did have pull start knobs

2021-02-28 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Not a US model. As far as I know (and I'm no expert here) all US spec W123 cars had relay type glow plugs, series "loop" style to start with, later "pencil" type like all the later models. 115s still had pull start. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search

Re: [MBZ] Oil for OM602

2021-02-27 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
One thing to remember is that the 60x engines all have flat tappets (actually the bucket, but same issue), and that modern automotive systems DO NOT have flat tappets, they are almost universally roller tappets. As a result, the zinc phosphates and zinc triphenylphosphates that provide start

Re: [MBZ] OT The next IT revolution: System Oriented Programming?

2021-02-24 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Actually, what Gates bought was a technical reference clone of CPM (by Digital Research) modified to run on a 16 bit 8080 chip. Seattle Computing? Dont' remember the company, and I believe the guy who did the (illegal) clone is now dead. Flat-out copyright infringement that the Reagan

Re: [MBZ] OT The next IT revolution: System Oriented Programming?

2021-02-24 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
If you looked at the actual machine code all those many years ago when I was doing some piddly programming in C+, until it was optimized it was full of dead space filled with no-op opcodes (do nothing, skip to the next opcode) since the programming language set aside large amounts of data space

Re: [MBZ] OT The next IT revolution: System Oriented Programming?

2021-02-24 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Silicon reached it's speed limit more than a decade ago, and multi-core processors are limited by the overhead of managing tasks -- at some point the time needed to distribute and collect the processing threads is more than running them consecutively. I have also come to the conclusion that

Re: [MBZ] OT The next IT revolution: System Oriented Programming?

2021-02-24 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
More to the point, it's too complicated to write much of anything in machine code anymore, due to the graphical interface, touch screen environment (plus all the bloatware). Software is orders of magnitude more complicated and difficult than hardware, and we are stuck for the foreseeable

Re: [MBZ] OT: Here Is Why Texas Is Dark

2021-02-17 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Texas is dark because it has a nearly completely unregulated electricity market that is not tied in to the rest of the grid so the Feds can't regulate anything. The result is that no one is responsible for ensuring there is enough juice when a plant goes down and since they are isolated from

Re: [MBZ] OT more weather

2021-02-15 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
14F right now here, just a little more snow. At least until Wednesday, when we are supposed to get more on top of the 10 or so we just got. I hate driving in snow, have to decide which car to take tomorrow, the Benz with flaky injection but heat, or the Golf that runs like a top but won't warm

Re: [MBZ] Propane

2021-02-15 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
I've managed to get one wall done in mine beyond the 3/4" Cellite installed when it was built in 1974. Still stays above freezing except when super cold, and gets quite warm on sunny days. I may live long enough to get it fully insulated and the windows I want to make put in so I can see

Re: [MBZ] OT Texas wind turbines

2021-02-15 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
I would guess it's pretty dangerous to operate them with unbalanced blades. And icing will greatly reduce power output, just like airplane wings lose lift with icing. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To

Re: [MBZ] Blizzard

2021-02-15 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Don't let the tank go completely empty either, as most suppliers will not fill it without a leak check -- for obvious reasons. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go

Re: [MBZ] Blizzard

2021-02-14 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
You are probably correct. I would guess 100# tanks would work if you have a hookup about four foot off the ground -- that's the usual height I think. Usually in pairs if I remember correctly, they used to be pretty common around here for gas stoves when the house had oil or wood heat. Those

Re: [MBZ] Blizzard

2021-02-14 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
I have a thousand gallon propane tank in the back yard I use to fuel the furnace in the pole barn. When my parents built the house in 1956 propane and fuel oil were the two choices, no natural gas line. When the local utility put in natural gas in the 80's Mom got tapped in and converted the

Re: [MBZ] Moah powah

2021-02-13 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
And around here, the number of $500 excessive smoke tickets you get and how many dead engines you have in the back yard. Local kid had a "smoke stack" in the bed of his $30,000 truck -- lasted about six months, got a couple tickets, and burned the exhaust valves, leading to a head snapping off

Re: [MBZ] Moah powah

2021-02-13 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
The problem of low power on 617s is usually low turbo output, which can be adjusted too. Factory recommendation is to have barely visisble smoke at full throttle under load in 3rd gear around 2500 rpm, but the kid is right on one point -- there is a specification for optical density in the

Re: [MBZ] Happy Birthday!

2021-02-13 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Lol, I'm two weeks away from official Geezerhood. Medicare is on the horizon. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] 240D cold weather starting

2021-02-12 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
The clutch is replaceable, but you have to take the starter off to get to it. It's part of the drive gear. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] 240D cold weather starting

2021-02-12 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Bad over-running clutch, you need to replace it before it starts kicking out during warm starts too. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] 240D cold weather starting

2021-02-12 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
The real key to cold starting to crank until it's actually running, if you stop you won't have enough battery to try again without charging it. I started my 300D a few year back with a weak engine (420k miles) doing that, it took about a minute before it was actually running on it's own. Lotta

Re: [MBZ] Anybody need a 4.5?

2021-02-12 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
I think the engines lasted much longer than the sheetmetal.. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] Anybody need a 4.5?

2021-02-11 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Lol, not in a 1974 450SL, no. Engine and transmission, no brain box. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] Looks new and gorgeous 1994 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E 420 Sedan 4D, $8, 000

2021-02-11 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Buick was always the best built of the GM products. Even in the 80's when everything GM made shed pieces sitting in the drive the Buicks weren't bad given their design. Decent transportation, yes, exciting to drive, hardly. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To

Re: [MBZ] Anybody need a 4.5?

2021-02-11 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
If you need an M117 I have a 1974 sitting in the garage that needs a home. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] M117 chain tensioner priming

2021-02-07 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
I believe the M177 tensioner is oil pressure only, which is why the 380 tends to break chains. Lots of slap on start-up, and the plastic guide has a piece that is easily snapped off. That broken part falls into the crank sprocket and snaps the chain. One cure for that it to cut the "ear" off

Re: [MBZ] OM602 glow plug R/R

2021-02-03 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Take the mainfold off, it's easy (watch that you get all the brackets back on, one will drop down and short a glow plug if you don't get it back). Makes the job much easier. All hard plastic vacuum lines need very careful handling, they are brittle. Plain tubing is readily available,

Re: [MBZ] OT 1948 Willys Jeep - $3,900

2021-01-31 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
By 1948 they were out of mil spec parts. My brother's 46 has some military parts. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] OT 1948 Willys Jeep - $3,900

2021-01-31 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
I think my brother paid that much for his 1946 CJ2a in rebuildable condition. They are not common, and fully restored run more like 20k that 4. Peter ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or

[MBZ] Golf project

2021-01-30 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Got the old turbo out and a new one in the Golf today. Foolishly decided it was easier to take it out the top than the bottom to avoid removing the right drive axle. Should have done that, would have it all back together now with far less hassle! Will have to go to the hardware store bright

[MBZ] New injectors

2021-01-23 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
I got four of the new injectors in the 88 TE today -- it was getting late, I'm working outside, and the two in the center require some fiddling to get them in (lines have to come off the fuel distributor). Huge difference. Either the seals were so bad they all leaked horribly or the injectors

Re: [MBZ] OT: 2005 Jetta TDI wagon - $6,450

2021-01-18 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Didn't that model have a torque converter known for self-destruction? ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] OT Anyone know/use Signal?

2021-01-18 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
If you don't have a web provider, you have to have your own hosting servers and internet connections. Not cheap, and you have to have people to run them. For a service that operates world wide with hundreds of millions of users potentially, we aren't talking a couple desktops in a corner.

Re: [MBZ] OT:Medical Alert devices

2021-01-17 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
We got one for my Mom. Worth every penny, as she could get help any time she needed it. We got ours thought the local home health aide agency, I think it was $50 a month. It was a great relief for us, as while I lived with her, I was a work all day weekdays and she wasn't always near the

Re: [MBZ] Sharpening drill bits

2021-01-16 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Drill Dr. works well. It's not possible to sharpen drills without a proper jig of some sort in sizes less than 1/2" even with years of practice. Rule in the shop was that nothing under 1/4" got sharpened, and usually nothing under 1/2". Spent more sharpening them than they cost, small drills

Re: [MBZ] OT: Feds ask Tesla to recall 158,000 vehicles

2021-01-14 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Bad software doing lots of read/write cycles. Flash media have a very short life compared to magnetic surface drives, and if some computer whiz decided to buffer everything all the time, it will be toast fairly fast. I'm a great fan of mechanical gauges. Peter

Re: [MBZ] Blinking low fuel light and CEL in ML500

2021-01-12 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Check for split hoses, missing or torn gas cap gasket, and cracked plastic parts. Any of them will give you fits, the tank does NOT vent out the cap (or in, for that matter), all venting is through the evaporative control system. You will need to verify the operation of all the valves too, as

[MBZ] Benz and VW stuff

2021-01-12 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Well, the turbo gave up on the Golf Friday on the way to work, so I had to borrow my brother's truck (he's unable to drive for a couple months, his pacemaker is acting up) and so there is a chore waiting for me next weekend. It has been flaky, but I was hoping I could live with intermittent

Re: [MBZ] OT: Nothing more expensive than a cheap...

2021-01-05 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
The only old computer of any interest I have is a Mac II I got from my next door neighbor when the company he worked for surplused out all the Mac equpment -- probably around 1995 or so. Got it for something like $25 -- not bad for a computer that cost $10,000 new minus monitor. Pretty spiff

Re: [MBZ] W124 603 Post Fuel Filter Change

2021-01-01 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
I don't remember changing the fuel filter being a big deal on these cars. Starting one with iffy glow plugs and 400k miles at 10F is much more of a trial. Peter ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To

Re: [MBZ] W124 603 Post Fuel Filter Change

2021-01-01 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
I always changed the fuel filter or did any other injector work on a hot engine -- cranks much faster and uses a lot less battery power. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery

Re: [MBZ] Electric vehicles and wind power information

2020-12-27 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
The desert southwest is lousy with rare earth metals. However, since we quit making more atom bombs, there is zero American company interest in mining any of them, and we don't even make much tool steel any more to encourage vanadium mining. All part of the 50 years of de-industrialization we

Re: [MBZ] OT Covids vax

2020-12-26 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Actually, all the new cases are from there being far too many cases around. Since I'm half way through a case myself with no known exposure, I can verify it's very contagious. The more people have it, the more it spreads, just like any contagious disease. The death rate is going up because

Re: [MBZ] OT: chestnuts

2020-12-21 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Chinese or European. American ones were supposed to taste better but be smaller. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] OT: chestnuts

2020-12-21 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
There has been a breeding program for decades to restore them but some serious scientific errors were made in the original work in the 1930s. Chinese Chestnuts are good eating, bigger than the American ones, and smaller growing. I've been known to collect them off the side of the road in the

Re: [MBZ] OT: chestnuts

2020-12-21 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Been a while, either 350 or 425 until they steam. If you don't mind cleaning up, they are done when they explode. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] OT: chestnuts

2020-12-21 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Soak them a few minutes in clean water -- this will re-hydrate them a bit and soften the shell. Cut an X through the rough part of the shell, if you don't they explode. Very messy. I roast them in the oven until they steam, you wan them cooked all the way through but not dry. An acquired

Re: [MBZ] Mercedes 1972 280SE 4.5 - $11,000 (Raleigh)

2020-12-19 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Fun cars in good shape. I junked mine, there was so much rust below the belt-line it wasn't repairable. Even the doors were rusted eight inches up. Plus it got 14 mpg to and from work, premium only (rattled badly on mid grade). Only 2000 every registered in the US, probably a dozen left in

Re: [MBZ] OT - The Vietnam War Series by Ken Burns

2020-12-18 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
The French bailed on Viet Nam because holding on to a plantation colony wasn't worth the money, effort, or dead soldiers. The Viet Cong were probably the best army in the world, having been in combat (and winning) since the 1920's fighting off the Chinese under several governments and the

Re: [MBZ] OT - The Vietnam War Series by Ken Burns

2020-12-18 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
It's very good. I "watched" most of the first part from the kitchen while Mom had it on the TV, I don't have good memories from those days. Well worth the time, Burns is a good historian and very neutral. I felt a great deal of stress relief after watching it, believe it or not.

Re: [MBZ] This is not political, but a serious question, if you can?t handle it then hit delete

2020-12-17 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Showing your (young) age Kaleb! A "hanging chad" is a partially detached punch-out on an IBM data card. You probably don't remember people carrying around huge boxes of IBM punch cards, I've not seen a punch machine in use since 1983 when SIU retired their last one. The Votomatic system used

Re: [MBZ] OT: Statins

2020-12-17 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Sadly, there are bad doctors as well as bad mechanics Sorry to hear about your dad Clay. My mom is hanging in there at 97, still sharp but failing physically. My father died six months after a bad heart attack in 1976. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To

Re: [MBZ] OT: Statins

2020-12-17 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Colonoscopy cures colon cancer, since it's almost aways very slow growing. I had two pre-cancerous polyps removed during my first one -- had I not had it, in ten or fifteen years I would likely have gotten serious colon cancer. Removal of the pre-cancerous polyps removes the origin of

Re: [MBZ] This is not political, but a serious question, if you can’t handle it then hit delete

2020-12-17 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Paperless machines were all the rage a few years ago, we had them here. Never trusted them as there is absolutely no way to audit them. Remember that the problematic Votamatic system that caused all the uproar in 2000 in Florida was a vast improvement over the ancient voting machines, also

Re: [MBZ] OT: Statins

2020-12-16 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
More likely the preservatives in the oils rather than the oils themselves, plus residual pesticides and herbicides. The sugar industry spent amazing amounts of money telling us fat was bad for us, when in fact it's sugar that's bad for us and fat is good so long as you don't go berzerker on

Re: [MBZ] This is not political, but a serious question, if you can’t handle it then hit delete

2020-12-16 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Last time around the Ruskies got access to some state voter databases and there was some discussion about being able to hack into some voting machines (Diebold ones I think) that could be hooked up and programmed remotely. There was no definite evidence that any votes were interfered with, but

Re: [MBZ] OT: Statins

2020-12-16 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
I'm one of the original statin skeptics. First and foremost, I have a PhD in biology (Plant Physiology, but I got to take animal physiology along the way) and I have never seen any investigations concerning the pathway by which serum cholesterol causes plaque formation (the fancy name for

Re: [MBZ] 5g speeds

2020-12-15 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
I'm with you on the BP meds Curt. I was on a big dose of carvedilol after my heart failure, and it nearly cost me my job. About all I could do was wander in to work and stagger through the day, sort of like having an anchor in each shoe. Same thing my Dad felt when he had heart trouble in

Re: [MBZ] 5g speeds

2020-12-15 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
5G phone service is like flying cars -- theoretically possible, but in practice is never going to happen. Don't worry about getting a 5G capable phone any time soon, it will be dead of old age before you get any 5G service. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To

Re: [MBZ] 5g speeds

2020-12-15 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
This is the great joke of 5G -- the only way to get the higher "5G" speed is to use the millimeter wavelength signal carrier (higher frequency, more data per second) that does not penetrate glass, wood, steel, or masonry. Basically outside only, and no more than 500 ft from the antenna, as the

Re: [MBZ] 190 E with 230

2020-12-09 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
230 is a four-banger, 2.6 is a six, and yes it's stuffed in there. Very tight. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] VW Content: Isn't Poos cute?

2020-12-06 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
We had a 70 Beetle, dropped #3 exhaust valve and we had a family friend rebuild it. Rusted away, but we all drove the stuffings out of it. Great car for what it was. The trick to them is that they NEED valve adjustments, particularly on #3 cylinder because the oil cooler is on that side and

Re: [MBZ] Actually worked on a Benz today

2020-11-29 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
I don't think "toasty" is in the cards for an '04 Golf TDI, they are well known for lack of winter heat. Almost as bad as a Geo Metro in Canada, a buddy of mine had one and the temp gauge would slowly drift down on the highway in the winter. Driving if 4th may help, but that tends to kill

[MBZ] Actually worked on a Benz today

2020-11-29 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
At long last I replaced the coil in the TE, wanted to some time back but my friend Hans talked me out of it, he suspected fuel injectors instead to account for the rough idle and other assorted ills, including difficulty setting the mixture on the KE-Jet. Popped it in, charged the battery

Re: [MBZ] W123 ACC Default Operation

2020-11-23 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Or dead servos. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com

Re: [MBZ] Alternate Uses for P/S Fluid?

2020-11-22 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
PS fluid and ATF are not interchangeable for any Benz after the W123. ATF will eat the seals in the newer PS pumps. I know, it happened to mine. I don't know of any real other use for PS fluid, it's a light hydraulic oil with anti-wear characteristics for vane type pumps.

Re: [MBZ] Self-gratification

2020-11-21 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
I still think the W126 was the best car Benz ever made. No rust issues, drove beautifully, and my brother got 29 mpg on his. Hard to argue with. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change

Re: [MBZ] OT: A Life Lesson

2020-11-15 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
In Indiana probate is 20% of assets not directly transferred via a trust or joint ownership. 2k is pretty cheap to avoid that. Peter ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery

Re: [MBZ] W124 HVAC blower motor

2020-11-14 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
W124 does not have a resistor array, it has a duty cycle switching system (the "porcupine" under the blower. Either or both can be bad, and if the blower has been dragging, when it locks up it can kill the switch box. Expensive, I ended up with a cheap chinese version in the wagon -- first

Re: [MBZ] W124 HVAC blower motor

2020-11-14 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Set to defrost at high speed it should come on as soon as you switch on the ignition. Check for voltage going to the fan though, those fuses can crack and look fine but not transfer current. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives

Re: [MBZ] OT: A Life Lesson

2020-11-14 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
So sorry to hear about your wife's passing. It's never fun. My Mom is almost 97, so it's only a matter of time. I recommend talking to an estate attorney once you have things settled. It is far better to have a trust set up than to go through probate, to say nothing of less expensive.

Re: [MBZ] Looks like I get to spend several days in the hospital

2020-11-12 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Yipes! Pulmonary embolisms are bad news, and they gotta be bad if they are going to try to remove them. Mom has had two, the last one we caught right away, she was on oxygen for a month with the first one. Get better soon! ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To

Re: [MBZ] So I got the Nissens radiator in ...

2020-11-11 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Thermostat is closed. Will purge out after a run at normal temp. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] Way OT: Pulls like a freight train

2020-11-03 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Check out the YouTube videos of those traction engines beating the pants off modern diesels in tractor pulls -- once you get them pulling hard, if the firebox is stoked properly (as in a full bed of coked out coal) the harder it works the more air you pull through the firebox and the more steam

Re: [MBZ] I threw up a little in my mouth

2020-10-28 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Started life with the football, had it replaced with the catalyst as a dealer service. My brother had his done years later when the football shed junk into the turbo and ate it. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives

Re: [MBZ] front wheel play

2020-10-22 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Pretty much so long as it's a two ball joint design. McPherson strut suspensions generally won't shake, you need to pry up on the bottom of the tire and check for ball joint movement inside the boot. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives

Re: [MBZ] Contact Cleaner

2020-10-12 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
You need a Dim Bulb Tester for this -- put a incandescent light bulb in series with the hot side of the power plug. Unlike a Variac (which reduces the voltage) the light bulb will limit the current, allowing you to troubleshoot without frying anything. The lamp should go bright as the filter

Re: [MBZ] Are beat up 115s worth big bucks these days?

2020-10-08 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
W115s are getting scarce -- they all rusted away. Ours certainly did. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] A New Oil Specification for GDI Engines

2020-10-04 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Ignition. It's Sunday and I'm a quart low on coffee ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com

Re: [MBZ] A New Oil Specification for GDI Engines

2020-10-04 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
GDI has been around a long time --- Daimler used it in the inverted V12 in the ME109. There are some issues with it that are much easier to overcome with diesel, though. Lubricity of the fuel is a big deal. Injectors and pumps wear out quickly in gasoline compared to diesel because the

Re: [MBZ] Fwd: Mercedes 430ML

2020-10-03 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Geared for towing, large frontal area (about twice a sedan) and an order of magnitude higher under-body drag. Same deal as other SUVs and pickup trucks. Probably rather high rolling resistance too. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives

Re: [MBZ] Headlight polishing

2020-09-29 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Headlight protection film or the glass lenses? I've not used any, should show up in a google search though. Glass lenses are better if you can find them for your vehicle. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/

Re: [MBZ] Headlight polishing

2020-09-29 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
When you have them all polished and clean, apply some 20 mil (or whatever it is) protectors. They squeege on with water and can be peeled off. With them installed, they are thick enough to prevent UV damage to the lens, so when they turn yellow and hazy again, you peel off the no yellow and

Re: [MBZ] OT - Pumpkin Shortage?

2020-09-27 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
The vast majority of the pie filling pumpkins are grown in a small area in Iowa (I think) -- a specific variety that isn't common elsewhere. Those big decorative pumpkins don't make good pies, you want the small "sugar" or New England Field ones. The big ones have watery slop for pulp when

Re: [MBZ] I guess this tire is done

2020-09-20 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Replace. Belt is coming off, it will only get worse. Looks like just about worn out anyway, legal is 1/16" and I don't like to got that thin, risk of hydroplaning on the highway is too high. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives

Re: [MBZ] Daimler cheated too? (I'm sure VW feels better now)

2020-09-19 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
No, the testing is supposed to be done with exactly the same operational parameters in the computers as real world driving conditions. The fine is for writing software that figured out when the vehicle was being emission tested and using DIFFERENT operational parameters in order to meet the

Re: [MBZ] Daimler cheated too? (I'm sure VW feels better now)

2020-09-18 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
The problem with the diesels and NOx is that it's not possible to meet the standard. With ANY diesel engine. Bad standard, as the NOx isn't all that much worse than what's produced by gasoline engines, which also produce quite a bit of particulate pollution. The real solution for clean air

Re: [MBZ] yellow jackets are back

2020-09-12 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
More likely you didn't kill the brood, and they emerged a few days later. Nest is probably basket-ball sized down there in the ground. ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery

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