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  1. Faulty seat control - 560 SEC

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    I tried plugging in the 5-motor 'good' control module that I bought from eBay. I couldn't plug in the connector for the controls so I tried to actuate it by shorting the connections to ground one at a time - nothing happened, I thought maybe I'd hear the relays clicking on. I don't have the...
  2. Faulty seat control - 560 SEC

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    Hi Alex, Thanks - that does help, now you mention it, I do remember the seat used to work like that. There hasn't been any electrical work on the car in a long time, but it's been messed about with in the past - there is an ancient immobiliser fitted and some additional wiring for some sort of...
  3. Faulty seat control - 560 SEC

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    Thanks for the replies - I forgot to say, I swapped out all the fuses first before pulling the seat out. I'll check them to see if any have since blown, there was one that had cracked and came apart when I pulled it out, but I think it was just age-related rather than a blown fuse. I've also...
  4. Faulty seat control - 560 SEC

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    Hi all, I'm trying to diagnose an issue with the driver's seat in my 560 SEC. It's been ongoing for a long time and I've never been able to get to the root of the problem. Basically, none of the controls work - the telescopic steering wheel doesn't work, and the 5 motors in the driver's seat...
  5. Gen II Custom Rear Sway Bar - Part III

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    Thanks - that sounds pretty reasonable. My car is currently having a fair amount of welding work done to it, so long as this all stays within budget, I'd definitely like to purchase this upgrade. Hopefully I'll know how much the welding is all costing next week. Chris.
  6. Gen II Custom Rear Sway Bar - Part III

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    This sounds awesome - I'm definitely interested, but will depend a bit on what the total cost is likely to be, including shipping... I'm in the UK. Thanks! Chris.
  7. 560 SEC Rear Deck/Hat Tray - what material?

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    Hi all, I'm back after long absence, had to take a bit of a break in the very slow restoration of my long suffering SEC, but I'm finally making some more progress. I'll post some pictures soon of a rather large amount of rust that is being removed from around my rear windscreen! In the...
  8. My 560 SEC restoration thread

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    I just realised I actually linked to them in the original post - and the seller is still selling them. The shipping was really fast. Mercedes W126 Coupe 420 500 SEC Radlaufblech hinten li. | eBay Chris.
  9. My 560 SEC restoration thread

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    Sorry for the delay replying - yes they are aftermarket. I actually bought them on eBay and the fitment wasn't too bad from what I was told. Unfortunately I can't find them on there now but they shipped from Germany. If you're really stuck I'll see if I can find the original seller. Of course...
  10. Power seat problem

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    Thanks for all the help! It does indeed look like the ground is the most likely cause. I removed the carpeted section under the steering wheel today, alongside the covering on the right of the car. I'm seeing a lot of wiring under there, having difficulty working out what connection block I'm...
  11. Power seat problem

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    Hi all, I had some problems with the driver's seat in my 560 SEC.. basically it used to work intermittently and the one day stopped - all the motors no longer run, and neither does the motorised steering wheel (it all stopped at the same time). This was a long time ago now and the seat never...
  12. Gigantic bang from engine... car seems OK though?

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    That's what I'm hoping is it was just a 'normal' backfire in the intake given a series of conditions. Thinking about it, I had my foot on the throttle a bit as well as it wasn't starting so I depressed the throttle lightly.... so too much fuel makes a lot of sense. I just wondered if it's a sign...
  13. Gigantic bang from engine... car seems OK though?

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    I didn't drive far - it was late at night and I was just moving it on my driveway... but I moved it forwards then reversed it, got out and it was idling OK so shut it off and went back inside. Haven't actually looked under the bonnet yet but I'd assume if the timing chain let go it wouldn't have...
  14. Gigantic bang from engine... car seems OK though?

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    Bit of an odd one this, I think I know what might have happened but thought I'd ask in here in case it's the sign of something bad about to happen... I started my 560 SEC for the first time in about a week last night... it wouldn't fire, just kept turning over and over. I guess I was cranking...
  15. Slightly sorry looking AMG

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    I'd be seriously tempted if I had somewhere to put it.. I've pretty much run out of space for cars :( Even just to part it out, shame it's a Gen I otherwise I'd consider having the bodykit for my SEC.
  16. Control arm problem - stuck bolt!

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    Thanks, I'll try that. Think this coming weekend is going to be fun!
  17. Control arm problem - stuck bolt!

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    Yep :-) I'm going to have another go at the weekend. Should have more time so hopefully I'll be more successful. Tried just about everything I could lay to hand to rotate the bolt - just looked like I was going to break my tools, a lot of stuff bending and no movement. I thought the puller would...
  18. Control arm problem - stuck bolt!

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    Thanks, yep as stated I already have the spring out, plus I have the new components to go in there. I think you're right that it's probably rusted up - the bottom half was missing when I got the car so I guess it's just frozen up. I just thought I'd better check in case I was missing something...
  19. Control arm problem - stuck bolt!

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    Hi all, I'm trying to dismantle my guide rod bearing from the lower control arm - I want to replace pretty much all the bushings/rubber components under there. Anyway, I got the spring out - took a while the first time but I think I've got the hang of it now - next I removed the spring...
  20. My 560 SEC restoration thread

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    I don't see why not. They arrived pretty quickly over here - took maybe three days. If not, I don't mind ordering and then sending on if I get the money up-front. That would cost more in shipping, though - it was 25 Euros to ship to the UK. Chris.
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