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Date registered: Dec 2006
Vehicle: 1997 E420
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ok, good to know it's not just me. I'm by no means a mechanic but I enjoy learning and doing things myself. So far I've exchanged the A/C control CPU, the rear window regulator and the radiator. I would like to learn more and be able to do more repairs and replacements myself.
Now I want to get the MAF done and as simple as it should be I just struggled with it. I would also like to replace the spark plugs but would feel more comfortable if I could see pics of a DIY job. I took a closer look at it yesterday removed some of those metal clamps. Wow, one of those metal clamps was nearly impossible to put back on. I either put it on first and then I couldn't "squeeze" the clamp enough so it would snap on, or I'd end up putting it on only to not being able to secure it with the clamp afterwards. No room for my fingers...I ended up using a tiny cable tie. This way I could have the clamps squeezed together "permanently" as the cable tie "squeezed" that metal clamp. With that help I could easily put the metal clamp back on and I then used a knife to cut the cable tie and the clamp snapped right back to secure the piece in place.
I see now...a flex screw driver is what I need...thanks...wish this MAF was horizontally placed in the open like I saw in some pictures of V6 320s...that would make it so much easier to work on.