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Date registered: May 2005
Vehicle: 2001 ML430 sport
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Assembling Mercedes Star that has been disassembled...finally!!
Finally got it on after some trial and error and a little MacGyvering. Thanks to everyone who tried to contribute.
Wish I had a digital camera here to post pics with the write-up...but didnt have acces to one...
Here goes...First I know that a new badge is less than thirty bucks, but I like the challenge of fixing it my self. Keep that in mind.
Lots of patience, super glue, 1" 6 sided socket, paint stirrer, duct tape, and lots more patience. If you like the satisfaction of doing the job yourself...that is perhaps the greatest item needed.
1. Take Metal flat badge that has "Mercedes Benz" written on it.
2.Take that and insert Small cupped black plastic piece and insert the cupside into the badge long end. Cup should face top of badge. The cup piece is notched on one side and the badge piece has a guide that it fits and slides down.
3. Insert small spring(there is a small "j" or "Fishhook" end on one end of spring, that end goes in first)
4. Get 5 nickels(5 cent pieces) and stack them up. Place the badges long end over the nickels on a table. The nickels help push the "fishhook" end through the black plastic cup and through the silver half ball (more on the silver half ball later) and ready for the star ornament.
5. Put the silver half ball into the black cup the Fishhook will come up through this. Have a partner(my wife did it for me) thread the hole on the Star Ornament on to the "fishhook" as you push down firmly on the Nickels.
6. Release the tension on the small spring and the Star ornament is now in the badge.
7. Next take the snap-ring(washer that looks like a "C") and insert it into the long end of the badge. (there is a groove on the inside of the long end of the badge about 1/2 way inside. (I used a small screwdriver to press the snap ring into place... put one side of the snap ring into place in the groove and press the other side down into place with the screwdriver)
8. Take the big spring and twist/thread it down the long end of the badge about two turns(The end of the spring must gap around the snap ring, there-by threading down the snap ring like a screw into a threaded hole)
9. The completed unit up to now from the top down will look like...The star ornament, silver half ball, badge, small black cup, small spring, snap ring, and big spring over small spring threaded onto snap ring.
10. This unit goes into the top of the hood(make sure the logo is right side up)
11. The remaing pieces is the "lock"(metal piece with a hole in it, looks like an "H" from its profile) and the small black "washer-type" black plastic piece. It has a hole in it too.
12. The metal lock piece also has two white plastic caps in this shape "(" they are on the long metal parts. Mine were loose so I super glued them in place.
13. Insert the black plastic washer into the hole of the Metal lock piece. The long end of the black plastic piece should be protruding next to the metal parts without the white plastic caps in step 12. The flat/flush part of the black plastic washer shoul be next to the metal parts with the white plastic caps.
14. Take your six sided one inch socket. Insert the side without the white plastic caps into the socket. It will be a tight fit and you may need to help it in...i.e. bend it a little. It does not have to go into the socket completly. Just enough to hold it tightly.
15. Next I broke a paint stirrer in half and Placed the two halves of the stirrers on either side of the badge to help hold it in position with genourous amounts of duct tape.
16. Sit on the front cross member of the open hood with one hand on the paint stirrers and the other gripping the socket. Compress the springs upwards with all your might!!! Make sure you are putting equal pressure on the socket to engage the lock on both sides. Once you have the lock engaged slightly remove the socket and finish tightening. I used a pair of pliers and two small keys on either side of the locks bottom as it is hard to get a wide enough plier to put on the bottom of the lock.
17. Enjoy the satisfaction of another DIY job well done.