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Date registered: Jun 2004
Vehicle: '98 ML320 & '97 C280 & 1/4 of a '86 190 2.3-16
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Washington DC Area DIY Tech Session at American Service Center.
Saturday, July 10th
8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
American Service Center
$20 per person & car
Warren Bain, 703.906.9658
Though this event is very well attended by MBCA members, we are encouraging Benzworld members who may not be MBCA members to join us, as Warren and I are members of this forum as well as the MBCA.
It truly is a special event when American Service Center opens their work bays and allows MBCA members to bring in their cars, put them up on a lift, and take care of all the DIY jobs that just can't be done anywhere else. So break out the coveralls, get your “to do” list up to date and join us for a day of fun and conversation with like-minded club members.
You need to bring all the tools you will need to complete the work you plan to do as well as any consumables (e.g. oil, brake fluid, paper towels, shop rags, ...). While the ASC parts department will be open, and will offer the standard parts discount on parts you buy from them, you need to call them (703-284-2420) at least ten (10) work days prior to the event to make sure the parts you need will be available.
Need some M-B technical support? The ASC techs are there to provide advice. Even if you are a novice, this is a great time to learn more about your car from the professionals who work on Mercedes-Benz vehicles every day. Please Note: the technicians are not there to do the work for you, but to provide the guidance you need to get the job done right.
If you are planning to attend the Summer HPDE on July 24 & 25 at Summit Point Raceway, this is a chance to flush your brake system, install new brake pads and make sure the system is bled. It's also a great way to get your pre-event tech inspection done for free by the ASC techs.
Maybe you're not so interested in a Do-It-Yourself Day, but you still want to learn more about the Mercedes-Benz you drive. This is a great day to find out how the M-B techs diagnose your car's ailments. Again this year we will have a couple of hands-on seminars for those not so interested in working on their cars, but still interested in the process.
Thinking about buying a pre-owned Mercedes-Benz? Bring it in, put it up on a lift, let the experts at ASC give it a though once over, and learn exactly what you're getting.
ASC will provide refreshments and a light lunch for registered attendees. No one ever leaves a GWS DIY at American Service Center hungry!
There are four major benefits of a club-sponsored do-it-yourself tech session at American Service Center.
1.Vehicle lifts are available. You can work on the top, the middle and the bottom of your car like a “pro.”
2.Experienced technicians are there to provide troubleshooting and repair tips. They have access to computers to diagnosis your car and its issues if needed. (Call ahead if you think you'll need special equipment);
3.ASC's parts department is handy in case you break something or need a part you didn't anticipate;
4.It's a great chance to meet other club members with similar interests (it's “Car Talk” at its very finest).
A typical DIY session runs about five hours, but lift time is limited by the number of participants and the number of lifts available. We plan these events to ensure everyone gets two hours to complete their work. Our generous hosts provide coffee to get us started and refreshments to keep us going, so the work can proceed at full pace. If you have to wait for a lift, there is plenty of entertainment. You can observe/help other members work, get maintenance advice, and visit the new car showroom. But please note: All cars must leave the dealership by the end of the event.
As with any event, there are a few ground rules:
•Lifts are filled on a first-come, first served basis, so be prepared to show up early;
•Make your “to do” list reasonable – make sure you can finish it in the time allotted;
•Bring all the tools you'll need to get the work done and find out as much as you can about how to do it ahead of time;
•Make arrangements with the ASC parts department to have on hand all the parts and supplies you'll need;
•Dress appropriately, no sandals. You will get dirty!
Oh and bring the other half along. Maybe by the end of the day, they will understand this crazy hobby of ours!
Last edited by boomboomman; 06-23-2010 at 04:26 PM.