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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-13-2007, 04:48 AM Thread Starter
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I am a member of the w126, and r129 forum, as well as a ferrari and a lambo forum, and they are all great. ppl help each other and i have received some great advice on maintaining and keeping my cars on the road. But this forum (vintage) is very unhelpful. does it not have many members? do the members just don't care, or is everyone on here just as clueless as me when it comes to the mechanical side of things. i asked a few very easy questions and so far i have not had an answer from my fellow forum members. maybe i own a very rare car a W115 240D and genuinely ppl on here dont know what type of oil to use or what power should its battery be.

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dear fellow forum members,

I own a 1976 w115 240D and i only get hot air blowing from the passenger vents, so i'm freezing my a** off while driving. we are getting -5 degrees celsius in london right now at night. would any one on here know the reason why only one half of the car can keep warm? also what oil to put in the car? 10w40 or 0w30? also should my battery have a rating of 100? usually for basic questions like these i refer to my manual, but i have only just bought the car and there was no manual with it.

thanks in advance for your great help.
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Banana - you aren't coming across very well with that first paragraph. However, an e-mail is often tough to read and interpret because one can't see facial expressions, hear tone of voice, etc. The vintage forum here is probably a little weak. Not sure how many members there are, but when there are only about half a dozen posts a day on a good day, you know that it isn't terribly active.

A search should bring up the answer to most of your questions. For oil you should use a diesel rated oil. Not sure if either of the ones you mention are diesel rated. The bottles will tell you. Typical diesel rated oils are 15W40 for dino and 5W40 for synthetic Mobil 1. For the battery, you need a good strong diesel battery. I prefer Interstates, but there are others that folks have been happy with. See http://www.interstatebatteries.com/estore/search.asp?N=2147384794+4294792490+2147384771+4294 792159&Ntx=&Ntk=&Ntt=&Ns=product+Type%7c0||Rank|1& Nu=Part+Number&mscssid=AJQXBTTK1X819HGDD0X78HBR335 P9UEF&js=1 for info. This was from a simple Google search. Can't help you on the heater issue.

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your better off in the 123 forum with those question, around here vintage is 72 and older. That is the reason most people don't answer, they don't own those models or work on them.

for the heater, check your coolant level, also may be a bad blower motor. other things to check are: heater valve in the coolant system, may not be opening to let hot coolant flow to the heater core; broken/disconnected vent channels under the dash; bad cable/door for selecting heat in the channels, may be stuck on a/c.

Honestly if the car is breeze free, just get a better jacket. I use to drive my IH Scout around in Colorado at temperatures below freezing with no heat.

Post back if any of that helps you.

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I knew my post would get you reacting . thanks for the help.

mercedes main dealer told me to use 10w40, mobil website reccomended 0w30 thats where the confusion is. the mercedes dealer wanted to sell me a 65 amp battery, which i know is way too small by the looks of the size of my current battery in the car i would say i have a 100 amp battery, when i told him that 65 is way too small he just said ''ok buy an 88 amp one'', i thought that was very unprofessional by one of the biggest mercedes dealers in london, that is why i am asking for advice if anyone could check what they have in their car. and the last point, my blower works, the heater channels work fine as they are directing air to the side and front window vents, the problem is that my side, the driver's side only blows cold air. basically my passenger feels like she is in the bahamas, while i feel like im in alaska. i know that this mercedes model had independant left right heater controls, so what controls the temperature setting that is my question. I am trying to save money by telling my garage to change this part instead of telling him to diagnose the problem and he invoices me for 10 hours labour.

p.s: i do not have aircon on the car.
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Ahhhhhh, the problem is obvious: you own a diesel. <gag> I suggest you sell it and buy a respectable gasoline powered car.
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diesels are great cars! i too have a 240d (w123) but around here its a baby (1978) so i understand where the OP is coming from. my suggestion is to google "vintage mercedes benz clubs" in london and more than likely you can find some people who are near you that can help and can talk to face to face rather than wait for an answer from a forum. i feel that especially around the winter time this forum dies out and then comes alive again in the spring. unfortunatley you freezing probably dont want to wait that long. i definatley would find other vintage benz owners in your area to ask about a good mechanic as well as you will probably would need one for any problems you may encounter. and for the heat only on the passanger side, bring your car over to the US and we will put the steering wheel on the left side for you and then youre set!!! j/k of course!
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I would get an owners manual.
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Are your heater valves working properly? Are the bowden cables broken?

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[QUOTE=wbain;2662243]Are your heater valves working properly? Are the bowden cables broken?[/QUOTE

whereare the bowden cables located? and how do i check the heater valves?
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