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  1. Urgghh!! My drivers low beam is not working after replacing the bulb

    W221 S-Class
    ** UPDATE ** Ok all, I finally got the replacement ballast installed yesterday and was hoping the active lighting system would start working again, but no dice. :( I don't know what else to check except to have the car rescanned and see why the computer is not communicating with the headlight...
  2. Do not try to powdercoat your AMG rims

    W221 S-Class
    ** UPDATE ** I received the rims I purchased and took the car to the shop to have the TPMS and tire swapped out and the replacement rim check out. The finish on the replacement rim was very nice, but not too nice that it stood out from the other three rims on the car. The silver finish was...
  3. Anyone tried to polish their door scuff plates?

    W221 S-Class
    Ok, I just received the replacement door sills and even though they are somewhat scuffed on the fronts, the rears were in perfect shape. I installed everything in about 5 mins so the swap is simple. Just don't yank them out or you run the risk of breaking something. So now that I have the old...
  4. Do not try to powdercoat your AMG rims

    W221 S-Class
    Just bought an OEM replacement instead Ok, to update this thread. I just purchased a pair of factory OEM rims that have been warrantied to be straight and ready to be mounted. One is in excellent shape and the other has some sanding marks on it -- looks like someone started to refinish it and...
  5. Do not try to powdercoat your AMG rims

    W221 S-Class
    dlafever -- Sorry of I was not clear in my prior posting, the set of 20s came off his S550 with the AMG sport package like mine, not an S63 or 65. I agree, the performance models do not come with 4Matics and have staggered rims. This set had all the same size rims; 20x8.5. That said, I am...
  6. Do not try to powdercoat your AMG rims

    W221 S-Class
    Anyone running OEM 20x8.5 rims? Hi All: I wanted to provide a brief update to dlafever's last post encouraging me to post photos of my successful diy refinishing job on my front rim. I would love to tell everyone I saved a sh*tload of $$ stripping and refinishing my rim with off the shelf...
  7. How do you replace the LH seatbelt on an 81 380sl??

    R/C107 SL/SLC Class
    Ok, I'm back trying to get my wife's 380sl out of hibernation and back on the road. While I was inspecting the deplorable condition of the carpeting and leather seat covers noticed the drivers seat belt was pretty frayed near the floor mounting location. Even though it has a fairly tough...
  8. Do not try to powdercoat your AMG rims

    W221 S-Class
    Hi Dlafever: Thanks for the post and additional information. Unfortunately, the place that was planning to do the single wheel powdercoating did not explain that detailed process to me. BTW, how much did it cost you to redo the entire set? I just spent 3 hours last night carefully masking...
  9. Do not try to powdercoat your AMG rims

    W221 S-Class
    Ok all if you have been following some of my other posts regarding repairs on my 2011 S550 you will note that after trying to live with the chipped and gouged right front rim that suffered from paint and clearcoat flaking off I decided to have the rim refinished. I should also mention that...
  10. Anyone tried to polish their door scuff plates?

    W221 S-Class
    Hi There: I did a little more research on this and did not find anything else on it. I would assume George993's experience is good enough for me and confirms I am not going to try this for fear of making the sills look worse than there do right now. I found a set on Ebay that look a while lot...
  11. 2011 S550 No crank and no start

    W221 S-Class
    Completed this DIY install with no issues Recap: So I had the car towed to my house and was able to purchase the replacement Bosch starter in town. Jacked up the car and got to work. I was all prepared with my air tools and trusty air ratchet which would have had made short work of all the...
  12. 2011 S550 No crank and no start

    W221 S-Class
    First Major DIY Repair on this Car Ok all, here is the latest. The dealer is only going to charge me $185 for the computer scan and initial diagnosis. They haven't tried to hit me up for the "free" MB Roadside tow, so I'm not going to bring that up at all. He confirmed I do not need to rescan...
  13. 2011 S550 No crank and no start

    W221 S-Class
    ** UPDATE ** The dealer just contacted me to let me know the starter is the culprit. $1300 quote to fix it. Now, I'm faced with the typical dilemma between biting the bullet and just having them repair it or having the vehicle towed to my home (3 miles away) and fixing it myself. I've priced...
  14. 2011 S550 No crank and no start

    W221 S-Class
    It's on it's way to the dealership service department ** UPDATE ** I just contacted MB Roadside Assistance and they are towing the vehicle to the nearest dealer free of charge (unless they send me a bill). I spoke with the tow truck driver who was well trained in how to transport the 4Matic...
  15. 2011 S550 No crank and no start

    W221 S-Class
    Ok Im back again with new issues that I hope do not blow up into a major repair. I was all set to install my replacement headlight ballast to fix the active headlights when I tried to start my car after work today and it would not crank at all. All of the dash lights came on and the key...
  16. Anyone tried to polish their door scuff plates?

    W221 S-Class
    Hi all. Still doing what I can to clean up my newly purchased beauty and one thing that has caught my eye are all the scratches and scrapes on each one of the door scuff plates. There are 2 per door and it appears mostly the inner scuff plates take a beating every time you get in and out of the...
  17. Urgghh!! My drivers low beam is not working after replacing the bulb

    W221 S-Class
    Don't rely on used ballasts for your headlight repairs. ** UPDATE ** So, after posting my initial success removing the headlight and installing a "tested in good working condition" ballast for my low beam malfunction, last Wednesday I got a check low beam warning on the dash and the left low...
  18. Urgghh!! My drivers low beam is not working after replacing the bulb

    W221 S-Class
    Ok. Back to my original thread. Let me continue my detailed post so I can only help myself and not others. So after you remove the headlight and get it on a flat work space lay it lens side down on a soft microfiber and inspect the rear. The headlight has three ballasts that control various...
  19. Urgghh!! My drivers low beam is not working after replacing the bulb

    W221 S-Class
    Detailed write up. Fixed the intelligent lighting problem? ** UPDATE ** Ok all. I started to post my results using my phone, but quickly tired or dancing all over my tiny phone keyboard. I wanted to post my process, findings, head-up and end results. First off, depending on whether you need...
  20. Urgghh!! My drivers low beam is not working after replacing the bulb

    W221 S-Class
    So now I am getting a little nervous about my headlight repair since I am brand new to the W221 model and all its sensors and warnings. If you read my original thread this all began just a few short weeks after I bought my car. I was fully aware the car had been side swiped on the left side...
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