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#1 (permalink) Old 06-29-2012, 10:14 AM
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What did you do to your 126 today?

If this is duplicated, please let me know. I searched for a similar (what did you do to your 123.....) thread here, but did not find one, so I will start off:

The dash in my 300SD was so bad (even the Coverlay dash cap was cracked!), I decided to replace it with one I got a while back. I am replacing the broken console as well.
The good and bad:

The car waiting for the new dash:

The hardest part of the whole job is removing (or remembering to) the two vent cables. Also, I need to make sure all the vents line up before bolting everything down!
I will have a photo of the finished product later....Rich
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HA! I just did this yesterday with the help of Oisaj_dude.
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HA! I just did this yesterday with the help of Oisaj_dude.
I would do terrible things for that steering wheel...

As for me, I just drove it
New project was halted to fund a near future Mercedes purchase

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This is good, but there is another very similar running, may be worth a look. What have you done to your 126 this weekend, I think its called.

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I filled the tank...364.9 cents/gallon for diesel...cheapest it's been since I've owned the car!

EDIT: That alone increased the value of the car by at least 5%

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Affectionately patted its hindquarters.

Mine sits in wait until I find the time to tackle timing chain replacement.

Other than that I packed and shipped a pair of damaged euro headlights as a return to a guy off the swamp. Lovely experience...he threatened me with legal action and also threatened not to refund me, despite the fact that the case I opened against him has already been ruled in my favor.

I tell you...some 126 owners get all the luck .

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Yeah this thread:


But why don't we merge both and have it retitled the same as this one "today" instead of "this weekend". An idea.

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This is good, but there is another very similar running, may be worth a look. What have you done to your 126 this weekend, I think its called.
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Sounds like a good plan to me!

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So, is it okay to keep posting in this one.. or? I guess me asking this question is already a post, so I'll just keep going.

I patted it affectionately on the trunk today before walking into the house. I feel so bad for it, as it's pretty much just been sitting on the street collecting dust. I occasionally start it up and take it for a short drive to get the electrical juices flowing so it doesn't just die on the street.

But, other than that, I finally sat down and formulated a game plan along with a more in depth research into the parts and cost of what I need to do for it.

I, not personally (through someone else), had a mechanic do a diagnostic on the car. My head gasket has a colossal oil leak, driveshaft flanges(?)* are cracked, check engine light threw codes 11, 17, and 18. And, I've known about the smog air pump slowly going bad for some time now.

I did some research on the codes, and 11 and 18 seems to be related to air. I'm guessing it's related to the smog air pump going bad? If I'm wrong in any of this please chime in and correct me!

Codes 11, 17, and 18
11. Air Injection System;
17. O2-sensor line shorted positive to ground
18. Current to idle speed air valve is implausible

So the game plan is to do these probably in this order:

1. Head gasket
2. Driveshaft flanges(?)*
3. Disconnect smog Air pump
4. Find the O2 Sensor line.

On the invoice/ service sheet. There's an entry that says "Driveshaft flange cracked." I did a search and could not find anything about a driveshaft flange. Perhaps the mechanic was talking about the flex discs? If those are cracked, it does worry me, and it'll become one of the top priorities for me to fix. If anyone can confirm or correct me on this, please do!

But, yeah, that's what I did to/ for my Benz today. Patting, researching and game-planning.

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