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Forum: W124 E,CE,D,TD Class   04-10-2019, 08:07 AM
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Posted By sbaert
Well, let's just put brand aside, but are you...

Well, let's just put brand aside, but are you using at least DOT4 spec fluid from a sealed container and has a manufacture date of less than 12 months ago?

Old brake fluid, even if it looks OK and...
Forum: W124 E,CE,D,TD Class   04-09-2019, 01:12 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,194
Posted By sbaert
OE and OEM are not necessarily the same thing. ...

OE and OEM are not necessarily the same thing. Just because it came from the same manufacturer that supplies to MB does not mean the part is identical.

The only exception would be in those rare...
Forum: W124 E,CE,D,TD Class   04-09-2019, 12:18 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,194
Posted By sbaert
Ask that question to the M103 guys re. Bosch cap...

Ask that question to the M103 guys re. Bosch cap and rotors. You can buy the Bosch branded stuff and have it last 6 months to a year if you're lucky. OR buy the OE MB cap and rotor made by Bosch...
Forum: W124 E,CE,D,TD Class   04-09-2019, 12:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 393
Posted By sbaert
A/C compressor and radiator failure are 2...

A/C compressor and radiator failure are 2 separate things.

Man, I've never seen a garage queen have this many serious issues.

I'm a MB man, but if I had that car I'd be tallying the bills and...
Forum: W124 E,CE,D,TD Class   04-09-2019, 11:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 258
Posted By sbaert
The hydraulic line between the clutch pedal and...

The hydraulic line between the clutch pedal and the slave cylinder.

If you've had to replace the cylinder, it is because the seals are not holding so fluid is going somewhere.

And since you...
Forum: W124 E,CE,D,TD Class   04-09-2019, 10:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 258
Posted By sbaert
Sounds more like a leaky line than a failed...

Sounds more like a leaky line than a failed cylinder.

A bad cylinder usually results in the pedal not wanting to come back up.
Forum: W124 E,CE,D,TD Class   04-09-2019, 10:41 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,194
Posted By sbaert
When it comes to seals and gaskets on German...

When it comes to seals and gaskets on German cars, I always go OE without exception.

Nothing worse than having to do the same job twice, especially if you're not getting paid on round 2.
Forum: W124 E,CE,D,TD Class   04-09-2019, 10:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 393
Posted By sbaert
Make sure you are not dealing with a failing...

Make sure you are not dealing with a failing transmission cooler ( internal radiator leak)

This would cause engine coolant to contaminate the transmission, while the engine oil level remains...
Forum: W124 E,CE,D,TD Class   04-06-2019, 11:56 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 6,375
Posted By sbaert
Also don't forget the incidental bits and pieces...

Also don't forget the incidental bits and pieces you are going to need such as shock tower mounts, dust boots, and bump stops. Also be prepared to replace the plastic clip on pieces that hold the...
Forum: W124 E,CE,D,TD Class   04-06-2019, 11:50 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 6,375
Posted By sbaert
I don't buy stuff off fleaBay anymore since more...

I don't buy stuff off fleaBay anymore since more than a decade. Too much knock off crap floating around on there.

Those prices seem really on the low end of the scale if they're genuine.

As...
Forum: W124 E,CE,D,TD Class   04-06-2019, 11:42 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 6,375
Posted By sbaert
Exactly which Bilsteins are you getting? ...

Exactly which Bilsteins are you getting? Matching up springs and shocks is a balanced act. Get one or the other wrong and you are not going to be a happy puppy.
Forum: W124 E,CE,D,TD Class   04-06-2019, 11:41 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 6,375
Posted By sbaert
Be sure to vet the alignment guys before letting...

Be sure to vet the alignment guys before letting them touch your car. First off, make sure they have the factory alignment specs for your specific year and model vs. a W124 in general. The W124...
Forum: W124 E,CE,D,TD Class   04-06-2019, 11:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 171
Posted By sbaert
5 things to check first. 1) What is the...

5 things to check first.

1) What is the static voltage on your battery? If less than 12.5V, your batt is weak or old. Any battery over 4 years old is running on borrowed time. I have a genuine...
Forum: W124 E,CE,D,TD Class   04-05-2019, 09:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 402
Posted By sbaert
And because Mobil makes so many fluids, it can...

And because Mobil makes so many fluids, it can easily lead to confusion.

This is the one you want to use (see link)

https://www.grainger.com/product/MOBIL-Mobil-ATF-D-M-5XB55
Forum: W124 E,CE,D,TD Class   04-05-2019, 08:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 402
Posted By sbaert
One more thing, as for service intervals (fluid...

One more thing, as for service intervals (fluid and filter) on the automatic trans a good average interval is 25-30K miles.

Since you do not regularly drive longer distances/higher speeds, your...
Forum: W124 E,CE,D,TD Class   04-05-2019, 08:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 402
Posted By sbaert
At a minimum you should really consider getting a...

At a minimum you should really consider getting a new genuine Mercedes filter and pan gasket and a box of Mobil ATF D/M.

No synthetics, no Wally Mart elixirs, nada. And whatever you do, do NOT...
Forum: W124 E,CE,D,TD Class   04-05-2019, 08:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 402
Posted By sbaert
That is not the way to really check it. You...

That is not the way to really check it. You really need to take it out for a good 10-15 minute drive after reaching operating temp ideally at freeway speeds before checking the fluid.

"Just...
Forum: W124 E,CE,D,TD Class   04-05-2019, 08:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 402
Posted By sbaert
Overfilled as well as underfilled transmission...

Overfilled as well as underfilled transmission can cause it to act up in all sorts of odd ways. Automatic fluid expands as it reaches full operating temp.

Overfilled usually causes foaming which...
Forum: W124 E,CE,D,TD Class   04-05-2019, 06:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 402
Posted By sbaert
There is no such thing as self healing anything...

There is no such thing as self healing anything on any car.

In your case, are you positive you are not simply dealing with a case of a overfilled transmission?

As for coolant loss, there should...
Forum: W124 E,CE,D,TD Class   04-05-2019, 04:50 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,055
Posted By sbaert
Anything decent like CRC Motor Pro works pretty...

Anything decent like CRC Motor Pro works pretty good.

In a pinch, you can use gasoline or kerosone and the like as long as you're careful removing all of it (old grease, solvent, etc). This stuff...
Forum: W124 E,CE,D,TD Class   04-04-2019, 12:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 410
Posted By sbaert
Also keep in mind that your engine uses a...

Also keep in mind that your engine uses a disposable ignition system. The average lifespan of the wires, coils, and plug boots is about 150K miles or 10 years.

Plugs need to be replaced about...
Forum: W124 E,CE,D,TD Class   04-04-2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 410
Posted By sbaert
FYI, I've never seen a rewired throttle body go...

FYI, I've never seen a rewired throttle body go the long haul. If you want it to last, your best option is to find a non eco junk era (1998 and up) unit
Forum: W124 E,CE,D,TD Class   04-04-2019, 11:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 410
Posted By sbaert
One of the 3 Bs (Bosch, Beru or Bremi). Ditto...

One of the 3 Bs (Bosch, Beru or Bremi). Ditto using the boots from one of the 3 Bs. These cars not forgiving when it comes to ignition parts.

No need to check the insulation. Check the tag for...
Forum: W124 E,CE,D,TD Class   04-04-2019, 11:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 410
Posted By sbaert
The throttle body is made from the same eco junk...

The throttle body is made from the same eco junk wiring as the harness.

If it is still original, high likelihood that is the culprit.

FWIW, the idle is non adjustable due to being under...
Forum: W124 E,CE,D,TD Class   04-04-2019, 11:05 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,055
Posted By sbaert
You need to remove the old tar like stuff with...

You need to remove the old tar like stuff with solvent, THEN relube with the proper stuff
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