Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: '01-E320 & 02-ST2
Location: John 15:18-19
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But any idea what had jammed it? The metallic-coated CPS can fuze to the hole (by cathodic corrosion) but you have a plastic coated unit.
I have the same engine and will need the same CPS eventually, so I'm interested in your experience...
No idea Keyhole......it seemed to have a build up of greyish gunk on the outside....and the little metal knobble (electrode?) that's at the bottom was so worn it was flush with the bottom.
Would it be worth lubing yours before it needs replacing....or even doing a trial removal?
I have a couple of theories that make sense to me, but that's all they are, theories. First, after many years the rear main will weep a bit of oil. There are also the tiny metal particles thrown off from the starter drive engaging the flex plate (flywheel). These are both together slung right on the CPS. Add to that the heating and cooling cycles (in a very hot section of the engine) and that the plastic can swell with the cycles and contamination, that could over time result in a very, very tight fit.
Keyhole, if you're concerned, may I suggest ordering the part (I'd suggest you unclip it beforehand to be sure whether yours is the one or two clip model) and then just change it preemptively when it is convenient for you? Far better to do it planned out on a weekend at home rather than on the side of the road somewhere. And if it comes out easily, you have an emergency spare you can toss in the trunk, just in case.
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