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Forum: W203 C-Class   07-15-2019, 10:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 50
Posted By n0alpha
Check the fuel pressure on the rail on the top of...

Check the fuel pressure on the rail on the top of the engine. There’s a schrader valve and you can rent a gauge for free at Autozone. Do that and let us know what the reading is and we can take it...
Forum: W203 C-Class   07-15-2019, 10:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 90
Posted By n0alpha
You should get one of these: ...

You should get one of these:

https://youtu.be/pZ301QEoo9Y
Forum: W202 C-Class   06-19-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 7
  OBD
Views: 171
Posted By n0alpha
An adaptor is about $5 on fleaBay:...

An adaptor is about $5 on fleaBay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/OBD-OBDII-38-Pin-Adaptor-Diagnostic-Lead-Cable-Connector-Fit-for-Mercedes-Benz/254051146996?hash=item3b26a0dcf4:g:-J8AAOSwRDJcLbft
Forum: W202 C-Class   06-19-2019, 01:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 97
Posted By n0alpha
Can you have the codes read? Ideally with the...

Can you have the codes read? Ideally with the Mercedes 38 pin connector. It’ll cost an hour of shop time at your local dealership but it will save loads of time on guess and check, and you’ll know...
Forum: W203 C-Class   06-03-2019, 11:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 148
Posted By n0alpha
After much forum searching and discovery of...

After much forum searching and discovery of several helpful how-to guides, I wanted to share a summarized write-up of the AC compressor replacement process on my 2001 C320. The guides I read made it...
Forum: W202 C-Class   05-27-2019, 11:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 569
Posted By n0alpha
Great question! It used to be that flushing the...

Great question! It used to be that flushing the AC system was an important and effective step to ensure longevity of the new parts, and typically that was done with a flush solution and then nitrogen...
Forum: W204 C-Class   05-20-2019, 12:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 399
Posted By n0alpha
Recently I discovered that the seat covers are...

Recently I discovered that the seat covers are removable and can be repaired.

For about $20 shipped I ordered some heavy duty gaffer’s tape intended for repairing leather and vinyl school bus and...
Forum: W204 C-Class   05-19-2019, 11:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 192
Posted By n0alpha
It's your turbocharger intake pipe. Try searching...

It's your turbocharger intake pipe. Try searching for part number 2710901929
Forum: W204 C-Class   05-18-2019, 11:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 219
Posted By n0alpha
Glad your car is running smoothly again, and 9...

Glad your car is running smoothly again, and 9 years is very respectable for a battery. Most likely because you’re in the cooler Pacific Northwest climate.

Here in Texas the heat shortens the life...
Forum: W203 C-Class   05-15-2019, 11:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,529
Posted By n0alpha
With this additional info I continue to believe...

With this additional info I continue to believe your fuel pump or fuel filter is the cause.
Forum: W205 C-Class   05-13-2019, 01:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 248
Posted By n0alpha
My initial guess is a PCV valve failure. A way to...

My initial guess is a PCV valve failure. A way to check is to pull the oil dipstick while the engine is running and put your finger over it to see if you feel a vacuum.

What did the shop say?
Forum: W203 C-Class   05-11-2019, 02:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 483
Posted By n0alpha
Did you replace the camshaft gear? Did you...

Did you replace the camshaft gear? Did you replace the timing chain tensioner? And are you 100% sure you have the timing aligned correctly?

Is the check engine light on? What codes is it throwing?
Forum: W201 190-Class   05-01-2019, 09:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 220
Posted By n0alpha
I recognize you mentioned that the manual way of...

I recognize you mentioned that the manual way of opening it isn't working, but for the sake of being doubly sure, here's a quick video showing how to open it manually:

https://youtu.be/x64tNqsQ0aY...
Forum: W201 190-Class   05-01-2019, 08:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 250
Posted By n0alpha
Steering pulling after hitting a bump could be...

Steering pulling after hitting a bump could be tie rods, ball joints, or bushings on the front control arms.
Forum: W203 C-Class   05-01-2019, 08:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,529
Posted By n0alpha
The symptoms you've described are very similar to...

The symptoms you've described are very similar to what happens before a fuel pump dies. Before the fuel pump completely fails it is often initially mis-diagnosed as a transmission problem.

Often...
Forum: W202 C-Class   04-30-2019, 09:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 459
Posted By n0alpha
Since your goal is to hear some bass, I wouldn't...

Since your goal is to hear some bass, I wouldn't even bother trying to replace the Bose speakers. And unfortunately you'll have a hard time finding replacement Bose speakers for this car anyway.
...
Forum: W203 C-Class   04-30-2019, 08:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 404
Posted By n0alpha
Sorry to hear that. At this point it comes back...

Sorry to hear that. At this point it comes back to the basics of troubleshooting step by step. Obviously, always use appropriate care when working with the fuel system.

Electrical Tests
1. What...
Forum: W203 C-Class   04-27-2019, 09:36 AM
Replies: 3
  AC leak
Views: 155
Posted By n0alpha
I'd second that the AC Condenser is likely...

I'd second that the AC Condenser is likely damaged. It's a fairly straightforward replacement for someone who can turn a wrench. Also check your o-rings on AC lines connecting to the condenser. Also...
Forum: W203 C-Class   04-27-2019, 09:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 404
Posted By n0alpha
Hi Joshua, and welcome to the forums! I had...

Hi Joshua, and welcome to the forums!

I had a problem with my 2001 C320 where I had an intermittent fuel pump before she eventually gave up. Then when I replaced the fuel pump and filter I...
Forum: W163 M-Class   03-21-2019, 07:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 18,478
Posted By n0alpha
I noticed this same problem this morning on my...

I noticed this same problem this morning on my 2001 C230 W203 chassis. The Torx fitting on the steering rack is easily accessible from the front under the engine after you remove the plastic engine...
Forum: C215 CL-Class   12-12-2017, 05:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 633
Posted By n0alpha
Although your model is a W216 and this is the...

Although your model is a W216 and this is the W215 forum, I like the question from a performance & safety perspective.

The standard tire size for your model is 255/45R18 but since you are asking...
Forum: C215 CL-Class   12-12-2017, 05:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 935
Posted By n0alpha
I've learned through experience that there is...

I've learned through experience that there is nothing more expensive than a "cheap" Mercedes. I also get nervous whenever there are no service records. That in mind, I don't have specifics that are...
Forum: For Sale/Wanted/Trade/Giveaway   12-10-2017, 05:07 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 245
Posted By n0alpha
FS: 1999-2006 Mercedes W203 W215 W220 Front Left or Right Window Motor 2208204542

This is a good working 1999-2006 Mercedes W203 W215 W220 Front Left or Right Window Motor 2208204542

$16 shipped to you anywhere in the US. Additional shipping cost for international. Pay by...
Forum: For Sale/Wanted/Trade/Giveaway   12-10-2017, 05:03 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 238
Posted By n0alpha
FS: 2001-2004 Mercedes W203 W209 Brake Booster with Master Cylinder OEM 0054300230

This is a good working condition brake boost, brake master cylinder, and brake fluid reservoir for a Mercedes W203 C-Class likely good for most years between 2001-2004 and probably other models of...
Forum: For Sale/Wanted/Trade/Giveaway   12-10-2017, 04:53 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 337
Posted By n0alpha
FS: 1994 Mercedes Benz C220 C280 W202 Owners Manual - SET

1994 Mercedes Benz C220 C280 W202 Owners Manual - SET

$25 and FREE shipping anywhere in the United States. Will also ship internationally, and will calculate the shipping cost based on your...
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