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Date registered: Jan 2005
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RE: 280SE (W108) - Am I mad?
Is it a fuel injected car?.If so,before you get any mechanic to anything ,get the ENTIRE fuel system,starting from the gas tank forward, cleaned.
(this applies if it's just a carburetor car too )
the tank must be cleaned out,removed is best and steamed out.there is a large bung in the center of the tank,remove this and clean the filter( i ultrasonic clean mine) .Replace the rubber hoses at the tank to the pump(if it's fuel injected) with EFI hose,nothing less!.
At the engine will be a fuel filter.replace that.
If it is a FI motor ,on the injection pump is a oil dip stick,suck the old oil out and replace it with MOBIL 1.
the injectors and pump won't need to be touched unless the car has at least 500,000 miles.
Change the air filter.
Get the igniton overhualed,new plugs,points,condensor and COIL. and get the plug leads tested.the leads themselves will be ok ,they last forever but the actual plug ends deteriorate overtime and may need to replaced.Fitting carbon string leads is a bad move resulting in a "short time " spark.
Change all the FLUIDS ,radiator coolant(NOT WATER) trans fluid,including the convertor and trans filter,Diff oil and Most importannt of all,these cars have Grease nipples which MUST be attended too.there are dozens of them including the diff swing axles and the out side of the diff at the brake hold down point.
Change all the disc pads because after sitting so long they will be stuck to the discs or shot anyway.
and Replace all the brake hoses,they omnly have a life of 6 years and merc hoses have a habit of swelling inside and jamming the brakes on.
That should get the car up and running reliably.
there are suspension issues but i won't scare you with those...[:D][:D]