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I just KNOW we had a thread on this several months back but I searched and it won't come up. My question:
What spares MUST be in my car at all times when long distance traveling, when no Benz dealership right down the street and I am in the middle of Wyoming fly fishing? I know it is several alphabetized plug ins but what are they? I also know not even Warren Buffet can afford to buy them new so I am gonna source them from trusted used guy.
Okay. What are they again?:)
 

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I'll bite, having just completed a 1200 mile trip....

1) Spare tire / jack
2) Warning Triangle
3) AAA membership (upgraded if necessary)
4) List of MB recommended indies close to your location
5) Jumper leads or battery pack
6) First aid kit
7) Bulbs - headlights, brake lights, indicators (one of my headlight bulbs went on my trip)
8) GPS or iPhone

That's all I took, but others will recommend spares for things that might go wrong (fuses, relays etc)

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In such a case the recommended spares would be a Toyota LandCruiser and a Gold card.
 

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Fuel pump relay/FPR
Fuses including strip fuse.

Also, more obvious:
Jerry can fuel canister.
MB tool set incl. spark plug tool to operate sunroof on manual.
 

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A piece of heavy gauge wire, about 5" long, stripped at both ends, bent into a U shape.

Link to or capability of pulling up the Service Manual.

A well maintained W126 will probably never let you down.
Might run like shit, but probably can be coaxed into moving.
 

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Well, some interesting stuff here, but I was really thinking of things like FPR, and EZL (can't even remember what it does) and that sort of CRITICAL component that could go bad someplace like Limon Colorado when I am on my way to Gold Canyon AZ. Something I could just PLUG in and stagger onward and then try to find a perfessnul place near Gold Canyon.
I am a semi-professional worrier. But you see I spent the major part of my life in Alaska running around in a boat or a plane and you had BETTER have a spare with you or you were going to be sitting someplace for a looooooonnnnnnng time!!!
 

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That piece of wire gets you a working Fuel Pump for FPR or (OVP failure?).
 

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PM Chadahar for a comprehensive list of parts. I think he has an amazing box of spares that he mentioned on one of his threads.

As for 'tools' to get the job done in an old MB (which can be just as important if not more than parts)

MERCEDES-BENZ IN-CAR TRAVEL KIT

This looks like a large list, but most items can be stored easily in the trunk side bins (make sure no water leaks into them), the first aid kit compartment, glove compartment, and door storage bins. If you want to re-arrange the items on this list by location and make a check list to keep in the glove compartment - that way you'll know where to find something quickly.

M-B Tool Roll (factory)
- screwdriver, regular and Phillips head

- wheel mounting pin (Part No. 126 403 00 74)
- metric open-end wrenches
- combination pliers/wire cutters
- spark plug wrench


Add to M-B Tool Roll:
- needle nose pliers
- 2 electric test leads/jumpers, 3 feet long w/alligator clips
- mini-hacksaw
- test lamp or 12-volt tester
- 10-in Crescent wrench (needed to change diesel fuel filter)

Keep your tool roll in a side storage bin in the trunk where it will be
accessible even with a full load of luggage.

Fuse assortment (M-B systems)
- 8 amp (white)
- 16 amp (red)
- 25 amp (blue)

Other fuses
- radio, phone, CB radio, other added devices
- Diesels: fusible link for glow plug circuit

Keep fuses in glove compartment along with an ACCURATE tire pressure gauge.

Additional Basic Items - keep in trunk storage bins or in spare tire compartment:

- Electrical tape
- Flashlight w/spare batteries
- Hose repair kit
- Tubeless tire puncture repair kit
- Duct tape
- 2-3 feet length of fuel hose (be sure to use correct size) plus 2 clamps
- roll of heavy duty paper towels, glass cleaner
- Reflective safety vest and warning triangle (M-B part No. 000 590 14 12)
- Flares (3 or more)
- Tow strap
- Rags
- Small bottle of waterless hand cleaner
- M-B Glass Cleaner (Part #000 986 40 71)
- "Bug remover" sponge
- leather gloves; latex gloves
- fire extinguisher (at least 10:ABC rating)
- M-B First Aid Kit - check for completeness, add any special needs
- set of correct V-belts (keep old replaced ones)
- coat hangar wire (bend to fit around spare tire)
- wheel chocks (wood or plastic)
- spare wiper blades (rubber inserts) (renew every 6 months)
- jack, lug wrench, rags, hat
- 6"x6"x3/4" plywood jack base
- ACC mono-valve insert (1981 and up)
- collapsible water jug

Spares for gasoline cars:
- fuel filter
- points, condenser (older cars w/o electronic ignition)

General
- If spare tire/wheel is not the same as road wheels, make sure you have correct lug bolts for spare wheel, i.e., 4 alloy road wheels;steel wheel for spare (Do not use alloy style lug bolts with steel wheels nor vice versa)

- Cars with hydropneumatic suspension (6.9, 500SE/SEL, etc.): suspension blocks

MANUALS (in door pocket):
- Owners manual
- Parts picture book
- Wiring diagram (available from MBNA)
- Warranty and service booklets
- Vehicle registration
- local maps (city, state)
- M-B dealer directory; 800 number
- Latest copy of The STAR

FLUIDS
- quart of motor oil (most M-Bs have a space in engine compartment)
- pint of brake fluid (Castrol LMA or M-B)
- cars with self-leveling (station wagons, S-class): 1 liter hydraulic fluid

Extended trip
- extra water, granola bars, etc.
- blanket, large candle, matches
- maps of trip areas

Winter trip - tire chains, sand, shovel, survival blanket, etc.
 

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I always keep a gallon of oil, a large maglite, my wrench set, fuses, fpr and a few other relays, first aid kit, and jumper cables. During winter add snow brush,(i've successfully dug myself out with one of those several times,) boots, extra jacket, hat, and gloves. I will probably add much more when I get the trunk leak fixed.
 

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I go nowhere in winter where there is snow or ice! LOL. I have the tool set, all kinds of fuses, special magnetic screwdriver set, quart of oil and that sort of thing.
What I really want to know is what RELAYS, which PARTS.....i.e. EZL...that will get me going again when dead in the water in Bumphuc Colorado? See what I mean. I KNOW that if the EZL fails you are maximum screwed......unless you have one you can plug in.
But you guys are providing a lot of good advice for those traveling a long way in an old, tired car.
Thanks.
 

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I recon a FPR, OPR a coil and an EZL are the things that can 'die' without warning that are vital to starting the car. The FPR can be bypassed with a piece of wire but not the other items.
 

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A can of spray lube with teflon saved me when my throttle linkage stuck open. That can be a nasty surprise. Of course, it only stuck because I had previously made the mistake of using white lithium grease on the joints. Also like to keep a box of nitrile gloves, don't want any grease on the interior.
 
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