Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: W211 E320 Bluetec R129 SL500 - $1300 car ........ Ford F350 6l
Location: CA Bay Area
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Its not V8? Sure looks like on the picture. My bad.
Still it is V engine with no access to anything. I love my diesels where having engine fans removed I have easy access to most of the components.
Coming to qualification for serpentine belt removal, I posted the story on this forum before, but looks like this might be good time to renew it.
Years ago, while traveling with motorhome I purchased W124 diesel in Texas. My wife was driving it and while in Tennessee we took it for sightseeing tour. That was when the belt shredded on me. Huge MB dealer in the city had nice selection of MB golf clubs, nice selection of MB T-shirts but did not have the belt for my model.
I went to one of the chain big shops, remember it was Maneke, or something like it and they not only had the belts, but time to put one for me as well. The engine was pretty greasy, so I let them do it. Waiting in the customer area I was observing via glass mid-aged mechanic scratching his heads under hood of my car reading big book. Later on he was joined be other senior mechanic and than by the supervisor.
Long story short, over 1 hr later they gave me the car back with slipping belt telling me the tensioner is going bad and they don't have new ones.
Being that late on Friday, I took the car and my wife followed the motorhome in search of campground. Took replacing discharged battery on the road, but we made it to campground in pouring rain. Following morning I opened the manual and took me 2 minutes to figure out the guys misrouted the belt. The main pulley instead of having about 160 degree loop, had only 30 degree loop and had no torque to power alternator alone. Another 5 minutes and the belt was working perfectly and there was no trouble with tensioner.