[MBZ] 1984 MB 300CD steering box

2022-04-23 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
I thank everyone who replied to my request.  I had a local garage do the
alignment;, he checked with the company that rebuilds these units that was
supplied to me from one of you.  He was able to get the specs and did the
alignment.  I am happy to have it able to drive, but I am not 100% happy
with the performance.  It still has a point on the turning that feels like
it is sticking, but the play in the wheel and stability on the road is
great now.  I will continue to seek the reason for the strange feel in the
steering wheel, but am pleased to have it road worthy again.
Thanks again.

Ralph
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Re: [MBZ] 1984 M.B. 300CD Steering Box

2022-04-21 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
when I put the cd in the drive, it just buzzes, doesn't want to download.
I figured it was because my current laptop runs windows 10 and the original
one I used with these CD's was probably win.7 or earlier.  The DVD  drive
doesn't even show up in my laptop directory as running. The drive D just
buzzes then slowly stops but never actually opens up on the laptop.  Maybe
my drive is shot, don't use it much now a days;  mostly use thumb drives..

On Thu, Apr 21, 2022 at 10:50 AM Floyd Thursby via Mercedes <
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> Load the CDs on your hard drive and get the index for the manual
> (nervig?) and use that as the front end.
>
> --FT
>
> On 4/21/22 9:20 AM, Ralph Robertson via Mercedes wrote:
> > I have 2 CD's purchased a number of years ago from M.B. that are titled
> > "Factory Service Shop Manuals, 1983-2000, CD1. and CD2, that I used when
> I
> > had an older laptop 32Bit computer, but it doesn't seem to want to work
> > with my newer Windows 10 laptop.  Not sure if these would be any good for
> > that information.  I cannot see what all is on these now though.  I
> bought
> > them quite a few years ago, and did review them for certain areas, but I
> > haven't opened them for a. long time.
> > I am checking around to see if I can find a garage that has the proper
> > specs. for the alignment.
> >
> > Ralph
> >
> >
> > On Thu, Apr 21, 2022 at 9:12 AM mitch--- via Mercedes<
> mercedes@okiebenz.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> I'm sure the specs are in the W123 manual, which several of us have on
> >> CD somewhere (don't ask me where mine is, probably on a defective
> >> Seagate hard drive that bricked itself ten years ago)
> >>
> >> One thing that stands out in my memory is you MUST use a spring tension
> >> bar to toe the wheels out while adjusting toe to spec.
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Re: [MBZ] 1984 M.B. 300CD Steering Box

2022-04-21 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
I have 2 CD's purchased a number of years ago from M.B. that are titled
"Factory Service Shop Manuals, 1983-2000, CD1. and CD2, that I used when I
had an older laptop 32Bit computer, but it doesn't seem to want to work
with my newer Windows 10 laptop.  Not sure if these would be any good for
that information.  I cannot see what all is on these now though.  I bought
them quite a few years ago, and did review them for certain areas, but I
haven't opened them for a. long time.
I am checking around to see if I can find a garage that has the proper
specs. for the alignment.

Ralph


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wrote:

>
> I'm sure the specs are in the W123 manual, which several of us have on
> CD somewhere (don't ask me where mine is, probably on a defective
> Seagate hard drive that bricked itself ten years ago)
>
> One thing that stands out in my memory is you MUST use a spring tension
> bar to toe the wheels out while adjusting toe to spec.
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[MBZ] 1984 M.B. 300CD Steering Box

2022-04-21 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
As a follow up to my issue, I have received the rebuilt steering box, have
it installed and now awaiting a front end alignment to finalize the job.
The garage does alignments but does not have the necessary specs to do this
job.  I have checked around to find a shop that has these and can't seem to
find anyone.  Does anyone on here have knowledge of these particular specs
that the machine requires to finish the job correctly? Apparently M.B.
vehicles are the only ones that are not available to do the job.
Thanks, Ralph
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Re: [MBZ] 1984 300CD Steering Box

2022-04-13 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
My steering became stiff and would try to lock up when turning.  The
steering had started having a bit of play while driving, and I had to
constantly correct it.  Didn't bother me much and I just figured it was old
and needed some slight adjustment, but then this locking up and stiffness
set in very quickly.  He analyzed all the front end linkage from the actual
steering shaft and everything is fine there.  After disconnecting all the
items involved with the steering, this problem still persists.  That left
only the direct steering box intact, and the issue was still there.  There
are very few older style M.B.'s in my area, here in N.B., Canada, but he
does have an  '84/85 300C of his own, not a diesel, but hasn't run into
this problem before.  I doubt one would be available at a wrecking yard,
but I could check.
If I could find another part I am pretty sure he could get it done okay.
Can these be rebuilt?
Thanks.
Ralph

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> I would first say, if you're not doing your own work, then find a shop
> that is experienced in older MB vehicles before doing any expensive repairs
> (may be easier said than done depending on where you are located).
>
> What is the problem the mechanic diagnosed?
>
>
> On Tue, Apr 12, 2022, at 2:08 PM, Ralph Robertson via Mercedes wrote:
> > I am having a problem with my steering box, and I am looking to replace
> it,
> > if I can find one.  The garage I have looking into my problem feels I
> would
> > have to replace it with either a new one or a reconditioned one; if there
> > is such a thing.  Would this part be available thru a normal auto parts
> > store, or should I be enquiring thru a M.B. Dealer?  The mechanic is not
> a
> > M.B specialist, and is not familiar with this part.  Would it be
> reasonable
> > to overhaul it, or is it a replacement situation?
> >
> > Thanks.
> > Ralph  Robertson
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[MBZ] 1984 300CD Steering Box

2022-04-12 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
I am having a problem with my steering box, and I am looking to replace it,
if I can find one.  The garage I have looking into my problem feels I would
have to replace it with either a new one or a reconditioned one; if there
is such a thing.  Would this part be available thru a normal auto parts
store, or should I be enquiring thru a M.B. Dealer?  The mechanic is not a
M.B specialist, and is not familiar with this part.  Would it be reasonable
to overhaul it, or is it a replacement situation?

Thanks.
Ralph  Robertson
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Re: [MBZ] 1984 300CD Power Steering

2022-04-10 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
I will get those items checked out thoroughly  right away.

Ralph

On Sun, Apr 10, 2022 at 11:07 AM Buggered Benzmail via Mercedes <
mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:

> If the PS pump and box are working that’s the only other thing I can think
> of. Ball joints too maybe, or something in the steering shaft.
>
> —FT
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> > On Apr 10, 2022, at 9:59 AM, Ralph Robertson via Mercedes <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> >
> > That is very possible.  Now that it is moving freely, I will quickly
> have
> > this done.  I shouldn't have any further difficulties in the trip to the
> > garage to have this done, hopefully.  I never thought of that.  I rarely
> > use the car and rarely do have issues with this car. Thanks.
> >
> > Ralph
> >
> >> On Sun, Apr 10, 2022 at 10:45 AM Buggered Benzmail via Mercedes <
> >> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> >>
> >> Did your steering links get corroded from sitting?  Lube time?
> >>
> >> —FT
> >>
> >> Sent from my iPad
> >>
> >>> On Apr 10, 2022, at 6:46 AM, Ralph Robertson via Mercedes <
> >> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> >>>
> >>> Today I moved my '84 300 CD out of the garage, stored for winter, and
> >> the
> >>> steering wheel was sticky, stiff to turn and clicked a couple of times
> >> from
> >>> turning left to right .  Seems okay, now, but worried something might
> be
> >>> wrong.  The fluid is not low, and it seems to be okay, but thinking it
> >> may
> >>> be stiffer than usual.  Any ideas on what could have caused this?
> Thanks
> >>> Ralph '84 300CD
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Re: [MBZ] 1984 300CD Power Steering

2022-04-10 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
That is very possible.  Now that it is moving freely, I will quickly have
this done.  I shouldn't have any further difficulties in the trip to the
garage to have this done, hopefully.  I never thought of that.  I rarely
use the car and rarely do have issues with this car. Thanks.

Ralph

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> Did your steering links get corroded from sitting?  Lube time?
>
> —FT
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> > On Apr 10, 2022, at 6:46 AM, Ralph Robertson via Mercedes <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> >
> > Today I moved my '84 300 CD out of the garage, stored for winter, and
> the
> > steering wheel was sticky, stiff to turn and clicked a couple of times
> from
> > turning left to right .  Seems okay, now, but worried something might  be
> > wrong.  The fluid is not low, and it seems to be okay, but thinking it
> may
> > be stiffer than usual.  Any ideas on what could have caused this?  Thanks
> > Ralph '84 300CD
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[MBZ] 1984 300CD Power Steering

2022-04-10 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
Today I moved my '84 300 CD out of the garage, stored for winter, and the
steering wheel was sticky, stiff to turn and clicked a couple of times from
turning left to right .  Seems okay, now, but worried something might  be
wrong.  The fluid is not low, and it seems to be okay, but thinking it may
be stiffer than usual.  Any ideas on what could have caused this?  Thanks
Ralph '84 300CD
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[MBZ] storing '84MB 300CD

2021-10-11 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
I was wondering why it is important to change the oil before storing the
car for the winter months.  This oil has only less than 1000 miles on it,
seems a  waste of oil to do so.

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[MBZ] MB 300CD, trailer hitch

2021-08-02 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
I am considering installing a trailer hitch on my '84 300CD in order to
move some personal luggage from my winter home in Florida back to my
northern home. Are there  some difficulties I should aware of in doing
this?

Ralph '84 300CD
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[MBZ] Brake Fluid

2021-07-17 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
Thanks for the responses.  I had rec'd. info that  Dot 2 and also Dot 5.1
was the correct MB recommendations, so I am asking the group what is the
correct one. Also, a MB Dealer is a long way off for me, I usually go to a
local parts dealer. I have had the pads checked, and all ok, however I did
notice some dampness around the master cyl. and figured I will have that
looked into, once I top up the reservoir with Dot 4.  Thanks.
Ralph
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[MBZ] Brake Fluid

2021-07-16 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
I'm trying to find out what is the best brake fluid for my '84 MB 300CD.
The reservor is low.  By brake llght came on,  but I still have working
brakes, just low.  Thanks.

Ralph '84 300CD
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Re: [MBZ] '87 300SDL Glow Plugs

2019-08-02 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
I checked my strips using a magnifying glass and the amp. says 80.  I have
ordered already for 2 to be shipped and they are 100 A.  Wouldn't those be
better; a bit stronger?  Or could that cause problems?  They are cheap
enough to have to re-order.
I used a heavy wire as a jumper, but not planning on using the car 'till
the new ones arrive.

Thanks for all the advice.

Ralph

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> There are a bunch of different amperages available. The rating is stamped
> in the center of the fuse strip as I recall.
>
> -D
>
>
> > On Aug 1, 2019, at 10:27 AM, Max Dillon via Mercedes <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> >
> > I think the six cylinders use 80 amp.
> > --
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> > Charleston SC
> >
> > On August 1, 2019 8:39:54 AM EDT, Buggered Benzmail via Mercedes <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> >> I *think* they’re the same (20A?) but check to make sure the amperage
> >> on both cars is the same.
> >>
> >> --FT
> >> Sent from iPhone
> >>
> >>> On Aug 1, 2019, at 8:35 AM, Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
> >>  wrote:
> >>>
> >>> Thanks, will be sure to get a couple of extras.  I also have an '84
> >> 300CD,
> >>> which probably uses the same type of strip fuse.  So extras will come
> >> in
> >>> handy.
> >>>
> >>> Ralph
> >>>
> >>> On Thu, Aug 1, 2019 at 9:13 AM Dan Penoff via Mercedes <
> >>> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> Ralph,
> >>>>
> >>>> As you found, the strip fuses deteriorate over time and simply split
> >> in
> >>>> many cases. They heat up and cool as they’re used, and this thermal
> >> cycling
> >>>> causes them to eventually crack or split. A lot of times it’s not
> >> easy to
> >>>> see, so I always recommend that you remove the fuse from the screws
> >> and
> >>>> when you do you’ll often have them fall apart as yours did.
> >>>>
> >>>> It’s a good idea to have a couple of these on hand, so when you buy
> >> a
> >>>> replacement, get tow or three.
> >>>>
> >>>> -D
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>> On Aug 1, 2019, at 7:53 AM, Ralph Robertson via Mercedes <
> >>>> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> >>>>>
> >>>>> I found the relay, and the strip fuse was bent upwards, touched it
> >> and it
> >>>>> fell apart.  Jumped the two terminals and the glow plug light came
> >> on.
> >>>> Made
> >>>>> my connections more firm, and let the glow plugs light up for 4-5
> >> seconds
> >>>>> and voila, engine started up immediately.  Thank you very much.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Ralph
> >>>>>
> >>>>> On Thu, Aug 1, 2019 at 7:52 AM Buggered Benzmail via Mercedes <
> >>>>> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> >>>>>
> >>>>>> Strip fuse?  On GP relay which on my SDs is mounted above left
> >> front
> >>>> wheel
> >>>>>> toward the front. You can jump it to see if that gets power to the
> >> GPs
> >>>> or
> >>>>>> just change it, they’re like $2.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> Or the relay itself could have gone bad. If the fuse is good then
> >> jump
> >>>> the
> >>>>>> relay and see if that works. Or you can take the cover off the
> >> relay and
> >>>>>> see if it closes, and manually push it closed to see if that would
> >> get
> >>>>>> power to the GPs if it is not working.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> --FT
> >>>>>> Sent from iPhone
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>> On Aug 1, 2019, at 6:14 AM, Ralph,'84TD via Mercedes <
> >>>>>> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> >>>>>>>
> >>>>>>> I tried starting my car this morning but my glow plug light did
> >> not
> >>>> come
> >>>>>> on.  First time in 10 yrs. owning this car.  It was a very warm
> >> day and
> >>>>>> thought maybe in might start

Re: [MBZ] '87 300SDL Glow Plugs

2019-08-01 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
Thanks, will be sure to get a couple of extras.  I also have an '84 300CD,
which probably uses the same type of strip fuse.  So extras will come in
handy.

Ralph

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mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:

> Ralph,
>
> As you found, the strip fuses deteriorate over time and simply split in
> many cases. They heat up and cool as they’re used, and this thermal cycling
> causes them to eventually crack or split. A lot of times it’s not easy to
> see, so I always recommend that you remove the fuse from the screws and
> when you do you’ll often have them fall apart as yours did.
>
> It’s a good idea to have a couple of these on hand, so when you buy a
> replacement, get tow or three.
>
> -D
>
>
>
>
> > On Aug 1, 2019, at 7:53 AM, Ralph Robertson via Mercedes <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> >
> > I found the relay, and the strip fuse was bent upwards, touched it and it
> > fell apart.  Jumped the two terminals and the glow plug light came on.
> Made
> > my connections more firm, and let the glow plugs light up for 4-5 seconds
> > and voila, engine started up immediately.  Thank you very much.
> >
> > Ralph
> >
> > On Thu, Aug 1, 2019 at 7:52 AM Buggered Benzmail via Mercedes <
> > mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> >
> >> Strip fuse?  On GP relay which on my SDs is mounted above left front
> wheel
> >> toward the front. You can jump it to see if that gets power to the GPs
> or
> >> just change it, they’re like $2.
> >>
> >> Or the relay itself could have gone bad. If the fuse is good then jump
> the
> >> relay and see if that works. Or you can take the cover off the relay and
> >> see if it closes, and manually push it closed to see if that would get
> >> power to the GPs if it is not working.
> >>
> >> --FT
> >> Sent from iPhone
> >>
> >>> On Aug 1, 2019, at 6:14 AM, Ralph,'84TD via Mercedes <
> >> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> >>>
> >>> I tried starting my car this morning but my glow plug light did not
> come
> >> on.  First time in 10 yrs. owning this car.  It was a very warm day and
> >> thought maybe in might start without the glow plugs.  No go!  Looked in
> the
> >> fuse box but could not find anything for the glow plugs.  Where would I
> >> find these for the glow plugs? Never had any problems thus far with glow
> >> plugs, or injectors.
> >>> Thanks.Ralph, '87 300 SDL
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Re: [MBZ] '87 300SDL Glow Plugs

2019-08-01 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
I found the relay, and the strip fuse was bent upwards, touched it and it
fell apart.  Jumped the two terminals and the glow plug light came on. Made
my connections more firm, and let the glow plugs light up for 4-5 seconds
and voila, engine started up immediately.  Thank you very much.

Ralph

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mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:

> Strip fuse?  On GP relay which on my SDs is mounted above left front wheel
> toward the front. You can jump it to see if that gets power to the GPs or
> just change it, they’re like $2.
>
> Or the relay itself could have gone bad. If the fuse is good then jump the
> relay and see if that works. Or you can take the cover off the relay and
> see if it closes, and manually push it closed to see if that would get
> power to the GPs if it is not working.
>
> --FT
> Sent from iPhone
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> > I tried starting my car this morning but my glow plug light did not come
> on.  First time in 10 yrs. owning this car.  It was a very warm day and
> thought maybe in might start without the glow plugs.  No go!  Looked in the
> fuse box but could not find anything for the glow plugs.  Where would I
> find these for the glow plugs? Never had any problems thus far with glow
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[MBZ] '87 300 SDL Axle Assembly

2016-01-30 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
I was advised by my mechanic that I need an axle assembly.  I checked
around to see prices and could not find any available.  If they are no
longer available, can the old ones be rebuilt?
Thanks.
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Re: [MBZ] 300 SDL rear wheel bearings

2016-01-18 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
I haven't noticed any noise from the rear bearings, it must be just
starting.  What symptoms should I look for?  Would the wheel have some play
in it due to the bearing?
Thanks.
Ralph '87 300sdl

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> > I had my wheels balanced today and the garage told me one of the rear
> wheel
> > bearings had some movement in it.  These rear bearings are adjustable,
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[MBZ] 300 SDL rear wheel bearings

2016-01-18 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
I had my wheels balanced today and the garage told me one of the rear wheel
bearings had some movement in it.  These rear bearings are adjustable,
right?

Thanks.
Ralph '87 300SDL
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Re: [MBZ] 300 SDL Front Transmssion Pump leaking

2015-07-10 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
Thanks, I appreciate all the help I can get.  Will be talking with him
today and passing on the constructive advice.

Ralph

On Fri, Jul 10, 2015 at 12:22 AM, Jim Cathey via Mercedes 
mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:

 Wow, I sure didn't expect that; being called an idiot!


 If you were doing your own wrenching, I apologize.  If you
 were using a 'trained' mechanic, then HE is the idiot!

 It was explained to me, back when my tranny needed servicing,
 that IF you take it out you ALWAYS replace those then-easy
 seals, because the parts and incremental labor are cheap.
 And you _don't_ want to have to pull it again the next year.
 Or month.

 After all, if one is already leaking the others may not be
 far behind.  The rear seal can be done in-car, so there's
 no need to do that one unless it _is_ leaking.

  He didn't seem to know how the pump could be removed.


 If I recall correctly, and yours is anything like mine,
 it's four bolts right on the front.


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[MBZ] 300 SDL Front Transmssion Pump leaking

2015-07-09 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
I have transmission fluid leaking from my '87 300 SDL, had a garage check
this out and they identified it was the Torque Converter leaking.  Replaced
the seal in the converter, now they state the front trans. pump is
leaking.  What are they up against Thanks, Ralph,
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Re: [MBZ] 300 SDL Front Transmssion Pump leaking

2015-07-09 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
Wow, I sure didn't expect that; being called an idiot!  Sorry I don't have
the experience that you have, but thanks anyway for the nice advice.

Ralph

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mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:

 I have transmission fluid leaking from my '87 300 SDL, had a garage check
 this out and they identified it was the Torque Converter leaking.
 Replaced
 the seal in the converter, now they state the front trans. pump is
 leaking.  What are they up against Thanks, Ralph,


 Idiocy?  It's more-or-less SOP, when dropping the tranny to
 replace a seal, to do all the ones that are now easy to reach.
 Front seal, pump seal, etc.  Maybe even consider engine's
 rear main seal at that time.  They're all staring right
 at you at that point.

 -- Jim


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Re: [MBZ] 300 SDL Front Transmssion Pump leaking

2015-07-09 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
I did misunderstand the comment, sorry about that.  I don't have mercedes
mechanics in my area, and the M.B. dealer has told me that their staff are
younger then my car, so that about did it for me with the M.B. dealer doing
my work.  I have found a Volvo mechanic that does a good job for me but he
isn't an M.B. expert, by no means, but he does his best.  I work with what
I have available here.  When I am in Florida for the winter months, I have
lots of M.B. talent available, but not here in N.B. Canada.
My mechanic here is researching what is involved with replacing the seal
for this front pump in the transmission, so any advice would help.  I know
the M.B. transmissions are complicated and I am trying to assist him in
this job.
Thanks for any help.
Ralph

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mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:

 Ralph,

 I think he was referring to the mechanic.

 If you're dropping the transmission, which one would have to do in order
 to check the TC, you would also expect to closely inspect the front (pump)
 cover as its exposed and easy to reach at that time. If there's the
 slightest hint of seepage/leakage, one would expect to replace the pump
 gaskets and seals. It's a quick, easy and inexpensive jib to do under those
 circumstances.

 I would be looking for another mechanic.

 Dan

 Sent from my iPad

  On Jul 9, 2015, at 3:57 PM, Ralph Robertson via Mercedes 
 mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:
 
  Wow, I sure didn't expect that; being called an idiot!  Sorry I don't
 have
  the experience that you have, but thanks anyway for the nice advice.
 
  Ralph
 
  On Thu, Jul 9, 2015 at 10:38 AM, Jim Cathey via Mercedes 
  mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:
 
  I have transmission fluid leaking from my '87 300 SDL, had a garage
 check
  this out and they identified it was the Torque Converter leaking.
  Replaced
  the seal in the converter, now they state the front trans. pump is
  leaking.  What are they up against Thanks, Ralph,
 
  Idiocy?  It's more-or-less SOP, when dropping the tranny to
  replace a seal, to do all the ones that are now easy to reach.
  Front seal, pump seal, etc.  Maybe even consider engine's
  rear main seal at that time.  They're all staring right
  at you at that point.
 
  -- Jim
 
 
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Re: [MBZ] 300 SDL Front Transmssion Pump leaking

2015-07-09 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
He called me and said that the front pump was leaking but he did not know
how much of a job it would be to replace.  He was going to do some research
and see what was involved.  I said I would check with the discussion group
and see if I could get any help for him.  He didn't seem to know how the
pump could be removed.

Thanks.
Ralph

On Thu, Jul 9, 2015 at 6:03 PM, Curt Raymond via Mercedes 
mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:

 Its a transmission, it shouldn't be any harder than working on any other
 transmission. When I first got into MB's back in 2002 I was convinced they
 were some kind of magic. Untrue, they're just cars and work like other
 cars. Higher quality parts produced (originally anyway) to a higher
 standard) but just cars.
 -Curt
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 I did misunderstand the comment, sorry about that.  I don't have mercedes
 mechanics in my area, and the M.B. dealer has told me that their staff are
 younger then my car, so that about did it for me with the M.B. dealer doing
 my work.  I have found a Volvo mechanic that does a good job for me but he
 isn't an M.B. expert, by no means, but he does his best.  I work with what
 I have available here.  When I am in Florida for the winter months, I have
 lots of M.B. talent available, but not here in N.B. Canada.
 My mechanic here is researching what is involved with replacing the seal
 for this front pump in the transmission, so any advice would help.  I know
 the M.B. transmissions are complicated and I am trying to assist him in
 this job.
 Thanks for any help.
 Ralph

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 mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:

  Ralph,
 
  I think he was referring to the mechanic.
 
  If you're dropping the transmission, which one would have to do in order
  to check the TC, you would also expect to closely inspect the front
 (pump)
  cover as its exposed and easy to reach at that time. If there's the
  slightest hint of seepage/leakage, one would expect to replace the pump
  gaskets and seals. It's a quick, easy and inexpensive jib to do under
 those
  circumstances.
 
  I would be looking for another mechanic.
 
  Dan
 
  Sent from my iPad
 
   On Jul 9, 2015, at 3:57 PM, Ralph Robertson via Mercedes 
  mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:
  
   Wow, I sure didn't expect that; being called an idiot!  Sorry I don't
  have
   the experience that you have, but thanks anyway for the nice advice.
  
   Ralph
  
   On Thu, Jul 9, 2015 at 10:38 AM, Jim Cathey via Mercedes 
   mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:
  
   I have transmission fluid leaking from my '87 300 SDL, had a garage
  check
   this out and they identified it was the Torque Converter leaking.
   Replaced
   the seal in the converter, now they state the front trans. pump is
   leaking.  What are they up against Thanks, Ralph,
  
   Idiocy?  It's more-or-less SOP, when dropping the tranny to
   replace a seal, to do all the ones that are now easy to reach.
   Front seal, pump seal, etc.  Maybe even consider engine's
   rear main seal at that time.  They're all staring right
   at you at that point.
  
   -- Jim
  
  
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[MBZ] 84 300CD, Power Steering Level

2015-07-01 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
A simple question, I think; I read about the level for my power steering
pump which stated, in the tank of the pump, there is a plastic sleeve with
arrows on it that point downwards, the level should be at the point of
the arrows.  The sleeve in my pump tank has the arrows pointing
upwards!  What should be the correct level for the fluid, and is the level
of the fluid as an important point as with the Auto Tranny?
Thanks.

Ralph - '84 300CD
 '87 300SDL
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Re: [MBZ] '87 300 SDL Differential

2015-03-18 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
My concern is getting the correct unit for my car.  I understand the
differential differs between gas  diesel, both in length and gear ratios.
Perhaps getting the vin off the used part first would provide this
information, if it is available.

Ralph

On Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 3:56 PM, Dan Penoff via Mercedes 
mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:

 Try a local LKQ outlet, as they do a lot of national stuff for the
 insurance companies.

 Dan

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  On Mar 17, 2015, at 3:28 PM, Ralph Robertson rare...@gmail.com wrote:
 
  That is going to me my choice, providing I can find one.  I am currently
 looking.
 
  Ralph
 
  On Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 2:13 PM, Dan Penoff via Mercedes 
 mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:
  Ralph,
 
  Swapping a good used pumpkin is far better than rebuilding, which is an
 art form that few can master. It's also quicker and probably cheaper.
 
  I would recommend swapping with a good used one.
 
  Dan
 
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   I detected a noise I thought was coming perhaps from the front wheel
   bearings. Upon examination the garage informed me that the rear end
 was
   growling and it would appear it needs a rebuilding.  An alternative
 would
   be to purchase a rebuilt/used differential.  Which would be the best
 way to
   go with this issue?
   Thanks, Ralph '87 300SDL
  '84 300 CD
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Re: [MBZ] '87 300 SDL Differential

2015-03-17 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
That is going to me my choice, providing I can find one.  I am currently
looking.

Ralph

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mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:

 Ralph,

 Swapping a good used pumpkin is far better than rebuilding, which is an
 art form that few can master. It's also quicker and probably cheaper.

 I would recommend swapping with a good used one.

 Dan

 Sent from my iPad

  On Mar 17, 2015, at 11:58 AM, Ralph Robertson via Mercedes 
 mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:
 
  I detected a noise I thought was coming perhaps from the front wheel
  bearings. Upon examination the garage informed me that the rear end was
  growling and it would appear it needs a rebuilding.  An alternative would
  be to purchase a rebuilt/used differential.  Which would be the best way
 to
  go with this issue?
  Thanks, Ralph '87 300SDL
 '84 300 CD
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[MBZ] '87 300 SDL Differential

2015-03-17 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
I detected a noise I thought was coming perhaps from the front wheel
bearings. Upon examination the garage informed me that the rear end was
growling and it would appear it needs a rebuilding.  An alternative would
be to purchase a rebuilt/used differential.  Which would be the best way to
go with this issue?
Thanks, Ralph '87 300SDL
'84 300 CD
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[MBZ] '87 300SDL transmission shifting

2014-10-17 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
My 300SDL transmission shifts very nicely thru all the gears, however, when
putting the car in gear originally from neutral it goes into gear rather
harsh, also, when I put the car into reverse; the same thing.  Quite a
difference in shifting from the normal forward gears shifting on the go.
Can this be addressed thru some adjustment?
Thanks.
Ralph '87 300SDL
  84 300CD
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Re: [MBZ] '87 300SDL transmission shifting

2014-10-17 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
Just checked the idle speed; 6500/7000 at start up.  The lurch is really in
the reverse gear, first gear is not very hard at all, just the reverse.
The reverse also takes a bit to engage, slower than first gear.
Ralph

On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 9:54 AM, Jim Cathey jim.cathey...@gmail.com wrote:

 My 300SDL transmission shifts very nicely thru all the gears, however, when
 putting the car in gear originally from neutral it goes into gear rather
 harsh, also, when I put the car into reverse; the same thing.


 Idle speed?  The SDL is set to idle high, mechanically. The EDS is
 what drags it down to 'normal'.  Any problem with the wiring, or
 the actuator, or the power supply through the overvoltage protection
 relay/crowbar and it idles high, and lurches into gear.

 -- Jim


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Re: [MBZ] '87 300SDL transmission shifting

2014-10-17 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
what is the normal idle speed?  I will check again when it's warm.  It
doesn't sound like a fast idle.

On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 4:45 PM, Randy Bennell rbenn...@bennell.ca wrote:

 H - no wonder it lurches - 7000 RPM idle -

 RB


 On 17/10/2014 3:40 PM, Ralph Robertson via Mercedes wrote:

 Just checked the idle speed; 6500/7000 at start up.  The lurch is really
 in
 the reverse gear, first gear is not very hard at all, just the reverse.
 The reverse also takes a bit to engage, slower than first gear.
 Ralph

 On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 9:54 AM, Jim Cathey jim.cathey...@gmail.com
 wrote:

  My 300SDL transmission shifts very nicely thru all the gears, however,
 when

 putting the car in gear originally from neutral it goes into gear rather
 harsh, also, when I put the car into reverse; the same thing.

  Idle speed?  The SDL is set to idle high, mechanically. The EDS is
 what drags it down to 'normal'.  Any problem with the wiring, or
 the actuator, or the power supply through the overvoltage protection
 relay/crowbar and it idles high, and lurches into gear.

 -- Jim





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Re: [MBZ] '87 300SDL transmission shifting

2014-10-17 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
sorry, reading it wrong, it is 700, not 7000.
Ralph

On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 4:48 PM, Ralph Robertson rare...@gmail.com wrote:

 what is the normal idle speed?  I will check again when it's warm.  It
 doesn't sound like a fast idle.

 On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 4:45 PM, Randy Bennell rbenn...@bennell.ca
 wrote:

 H - no wonder it lurches - 7000 RPM idle -

 RB


 On 17/10/2014 3:40 PM, Ralph Robertson via Mercedes wrote:

 Just checked the idle speed; 6500/7000 at start up.  The lurch is really
 in
 the reverse gear, first gear is not very hard at all, just the reverse.
 The reverse also takes a bit to engage, slower than first gear.
 Ralph

 On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 9:54 AM, Jim Cathey jim.cathey...@gmail.com
 wrote:

  My 300SDL transmission shifts very nicely thru all the gears, however,
 when

 putting the car in gear originally from neutral it goes into gear
 rather
 harsh, also, when I put the car into reverse; the same thing.

  Idle speed?  The SDL is set to idle high, mechanically. The EDS is
 what drags it down to 'normal'.  Any problem with the wiring, or
 the actuator, or the power supply through the overvoltage protection
 relay/crowbar and it idles high, and lurches into gear.

 -- Jim






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Re: [MBZ] '87 300SDL transmission shifting

2014-10-17 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
Yes, 650 -700 cold.  Is that unusual?

Ralph


On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 4:55 PM, WILTON wilt...@nc.rr.com wrote:

 700?

 Wilton

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 To: Randy Bennell rbenn...@bennell.ca
 Cc: Mercedes Discussion List mercedes@okiebenz.com
 Sent: Friday, October 17, 2014 4:48 PM
 Subject: Re: [MBZ] '87 300SDL transmission shifting


  what is the normal idle speed?  I will check again when it's warm.  It
 doesn't sound like a fast idle.

 On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 4:45 PM, Randy Bennell rbenn...@bennell.ca
 wrote:

  H - no wonder it lurches - 7000 RPM idle -

 RB


 On 17/10/2014 3:40 PM, Ralph Robertson via Mercedes wrote:

  Just checked the idle speed; 6500/7000 at start up.  The lurch is really
 in
 the reverse gear, first gear is not very hard at all, just the reverse.
 The reverse also takes a bit to engage, slower than first gear.
 Ralph

 On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 9:54 AM, Jim Cathey jim.cathey...@gmail.com
 wrote:

  My 300SDL transmission shifts very nicely thru all the gears, however,

 when

  putting the car in gear originally from neutral it goes into gear
 rather
 harsh, also, when I put the car into reverse; the same thing.

  Idle speed?  The SDL is set to idle high, mechanically. The EDS is

 what drags it down to 'normal'.  Any problem with the wiring, or
 the actuator, or the power supply through the overvoltage protection
 relay/crowbar and it idles high, and lurches into gear.

 -- Jim





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[MBZ] Fwd: '84 300CD Auto Transmission leaking

2014-08-28 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
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From: Ralph Robertson rare...@gmail.com
Date: Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 6:37 AM
Subject: '84 300CD Auto Transmission leaking
To: merce...@mercedesmailinglist.com


I am planning on flushing and replacing the ATF and filter on my 300CD and
was wondering if changing the leaking seal(s) at the same time would be a
good thing to do.  Is this a complicated exercise and should only be done
by a transmission specialist, or could it be done by the same mechanic
doing the flushing, etc.
I have noticed the trans. shifting roughly lately and figured an ATF change
and flush would correct this, and the trans. has leaked slightly for a long
time and that would be good to fix at the same time.
Thanks.
Ralph '84 300CD
  '87 300SDL
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[MBZ] headlight brightness, 123 126

2014-08-17 Thread Ralph Robertson via Mercedes
I have a '84 300CD and a '87 300SDL and both vehicles' lights are not
bright enough for night driving especially on back roads.  I have tried
upgrading the bulbs for brighter ones, but nothing yet is satisfactory.
Any suggestions for making these safer?  Thanks.
Ralph
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