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  1. Good job guys.

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    I suggest you relax and get a good night's sleep. This forum is full of nice folks who just want to help each other. If you must have Pentas, there are plenty of places to find them. My experience is the moderators do what they do for a reason. I don't appreciate your profanity, either...
  2. Weird Startup noise 1989 560SEL

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    First startup clattering and next one OK would tend to indicate to me an oiling problem. I would listen with a stethoscope (or a paper towel tube) to see if you can locate it. Check the camshaft lube system under the valve covers. The feeder tubes tend to go away with age, not mileage. Also...
  3. New Member Introductions and pictures :D

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    If the radio is a Becker, go to They have a very reasonable exchange program for a refurbished unit. Search the forum to find out how to pull the Becker and get its serial number and Becker can get you the code. Welcome!
  4. Copper fuses

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class $11 I think. Regards, Dave
  5. It's that time of the year...

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I feel privileged to have had your help and advice over the years. Regards, Dave
  6. Look! Buttons all over the place

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    This is an interesting subject. Respectfully to those who may disagree, I think some of his comments apply to all newer cars, including (and maybe especially) Mercedes. I have a 2008 BMW X5, bought new, and I still need to dig out the owner's manual to figure things out. Simple things, like...
  7. Welcome ianrandom to the 126 mod team

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    Thanks, Ian, for all you have contributed to the Forum. Regards, Dave
  8. Fixing the monovalve fixed my "No Heat" problem - why?

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    One small piece of advice. If you want to remove and check the monovalve, make sure the engine is cold. You will need to drain at least some of the coolant, otherwise it will flow out of the MV cavity. In my experience, the MV can fail in several positions, but the good news it solves 90...
  9. 1983 380 SEL Barn Find/Restoration

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    Welcome! I would replace all the fuses with copper-tipped ones (kits from before trying to diagnose any electrical problems. Be sure the fuse holders are clean. A bad fuse can look like it's good. Good luck with the restoration. Regards, Dave

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    Well, Jorden, you are probably correct that the two problems are unrelated. I have guesses on both. The door light switch may be stuck or the wiring may be damaged on the driver's door. The seat belt buzzer and warning light indicate it's probably not the fuse, but always good to clean the...
  11. Wheel Replacement

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    The car wash sprayed something on my wheels (1990 420SEL) that made them dull… I suspect the clear coat was damaged. I found replica 15-hole wheels at Amazon, made by Adsit. Does anyone have experience with these? Are they decent quality and safe? They are relatively inexpensive at $600...
  12. Need a car cover - indoor, garage, dust cover type thing

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    Still this one: California Car Cover ? Custom Fit Car Covers, Motorcycle Covers, Cleaning Products, Garage Accessories, Collectibles and More Regards, Dave
  13. 'Icon Engine' - M116/M117 magazine article.

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    Thanks for sharing, Ian. Regards, Dave
  14. New 300SD Owner

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    Welcome, Eric. The element in the fuses in these cars can crack so thinly that you can't see it. +8 on the fuses. Get a meter so you can start tracing circuits. Good Luck, Dave
  15. Classic Car Lover Owns W126!!!

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    Of course, if it really does have a "v6" in it, it's pretty rare...