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heading out on a 2 week trip of about 2500km. will be mostly far from civilisation and driving some mountain passes ( google image results for sani pass).
I will be taking some tools along and am looking for any recommendations on spares not to be left behind - 99 ML 320.
 

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Seriously though I had my steering pump failed during one of the first offroad trips. Would have escaped if PS fluid was around.
 

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Will definitely be taking some pics. Not a PS pump though ;-)
So far will take:
3/8 socket set, torx set, hammer, multimeter, shifting spanners, pliers, some electrical wire, sidecutters, tape, cable ties, baling wire. Pratley steel for emergency sump repairs.
 

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I will be taking some tools along and am looking for any recommendations on spares not to be left behind - 99 ML 320.
It's a M-B, you will need a Visa Card, MasterCard, Amex, and Diner's Club. :D

Have fun!!
 

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heading out on a 2 week trip of about 2500km. will be mostly far from civilisation and driving some mountain passes ( google image results for sani pass).
I will be taking some tools along and am looking for any recommendations on spares not to be left behind - 99 ML 320.
Looks like a lot of fun. Make sure to bring all spare fluids.
 

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heading out on a 2 week trip of about 2500km. will be mostly far from civilisation and driving some mountain passes ( google image results for sani pass).
I will be taking some tools along and am looking for any recommendations on spares not to be left behind - 99 ML 320.
Back in the Autumn we took a 1800 mile trip through the Four Corners Area of the Southwest US (Four Corners is where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, & Colorado meet)!
The attached picture had us 10,000'+ above sea level on top of the Grand Mesa outside of Grand Junction Colorado. There was a LOT of off-road and dirt road travel in these many days.
I was grateful to not have anything go wrong with the ML430 - it's been a very tough and dependable vehicle all these years.
I always try to do whatever preventable maintenance the machine needs. And I had recently replaced the main belt on the front of the engine - NOT ENOUGH!!
After getting out of the wilderness, and driving down the Interstate Highway I noticed the RED Battery Charging system light on, and upon trying to pull over the steering was very hard to move!
Well, the belt Idler Pulley had seized, causing the belt to rub on the jammed pulley, overheat & SNAP!
The pulley cost approx $20.00 USD, plus the cost of the install, and a new belt.
My point to is - I wish I had replaced this part before going on this long trip with lots of off-road travel!
I just glad it happened back in civilization!
If its been a while since you changed the pulley - might be something to consider!
Have Fun on your trip!
 

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Plug type tire repair kit, a 12v powered tire pump, screwdrivers, tire pressure gauge.
 

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Fuses and a spare battery. The battery doesn't need to be full size - a larger motorcylce or small lawn tractor one will do. If you lose a cell it will supply enough extra power to get your engine started.

On that note - jumper cables.

A come-along and 50' of cable if you plan on serious off roading. A real jack and an anchor can also get you out of a mess.

An ax.

As others mentioned fluids, in particular water and oil, and tire repair and inflation tools.
 

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I would take the following spare items - Engine Belt, REAL extra spare tire (not the dummy tire), radial tire repair kit, small air compressor/tire inflator, harmonic balancer*, Crank Position sensor, jumper cables, etc.

Before going on the trip, put the truck on a vehicle-lift and look under for any leaks, creaks, wobbles, etc. Also, check for plays/noise in any of the pulleys (idler, tensioner, water pump, steering pump), AC clutch, Harmonic Balancer, PS hose clamps, check all fluids.

If you have a second key for the truck, take that along with you in a separate bag. If there is a problem with the current key recognition (while incorrectly jump starting), you can try with the other key.
 

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Actually the real full size spare is something I will never be without on a trip ever again.

I had a flat tire 50 miles from Blyth in the summer one time. I was 25 miles down a dirt road. I thought no problem and installed the donut spare. That was a 50 mile trip I will never forget. You have to drive very slow on the dirt or the vehicle will lose control. On the pavement you can not go over 50 mph of the light starts flashing. I only drove 45 because it was scary.
When that happened I had stock size tires on my ML and is still sucked. Now I have bigger tires so a full size spare is more important...
 

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Check your spare tire. The tire below was installed by my dealer when I bought my brand new 2005 ML 500, at the Mercedes of Sugarland dealer here in Houston, Texas. This was a brand new 17 miles vehicle..

The Mercedes dealer replaced my brand new tire with a totally useless tire shown below.

I did not find about this defective tire until a couple of months later, when I got a flat tire on my way to Big Bend national park. I got stranded and the Mercedes Road side assistance told me that spare tire could blow anytime.

I found a truck tire place where they put a huge patch on my original flat tire, which could not be repaired due to the size and position of the hole, and then I crawled hundreds of desserted miles to the next town where I replaced my flat tire..

The crooked Mercedes dealer above, who is already well known for it's crooked schemes, most likely installed those brand new spare tires on the used cars that they sell at overpriced values... I still remember the sales manager's name "Jeff Snyder". That SOB installed the defective wheels and tires of his ex-wife into my brand new 2005 ML 500, and charge $5000.00 for it. Never got my money back and MBUSA told me that the dealers can sell anything they want to, and that they are not responsible for it... I should have gone to court and sued MBUSA and the Mercedes of Sugarland dealer...


http://www.benzworld.org/forums/attachments/w163-m-class/132525d1182918183-right-front-brake-locks-up-scary-mbntire.jpg

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Check your spare tire. The tire below was installed by my dealer when I bought my brand new 2005 ML 500, at the Mercedes of Sugarland dealer here in Houston, Texas. This was a brand new 17 miles vehicle..

The Mercedes dealer replaced my brand new tire with a totally useless tire shown below.

I did not find about this defective tire until a couple of months later, when I got a flat tire on my way to Big Bend national park. I got stranded and the Mercedes Road side assistance told me that spare tire could blow anytime.

I found a truck tire place where they put a huge patch on my original flat tire, which could not be repaired due to the size and position of the hole, and then I crawled hundreds of desserted miles to the next town where I replaced my flat tire..

The crooked Mercedes dealer above, who is already well known for it's crooked schemes, most likely installed those brand new spare tires on the used cars that they sell at overpriced values... I still remember the sales manager's name "Jeff Snyder". That SOB installed the defective wheels and tires of his ex-wife into my brand new 2005 ML 500, and charge $5000.00 for it. Never got my money back and MBUSA told me that the dealers can sell anything they want to, and that they are not responsible for it... I should have gone to court and sued MBUSA and the Mercedes of Sugarland dealer...


http://www.benzworld.org/forums/attachments/w163-m-class/132525d1182918183-right-front-brake-locks-up-scary-mbntire.jpg

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That's messed up I would have seriously thought of beating his ass just for satifactions sake... Or calling in a favor from the guys I used to run with. That's just wrong. Could have turned out real bad...
 

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Thanks for all the input.. we leave on wednesday (after voting in our elections here).

The trip will take us around 2500km, from 1600m elevation down to sea level and up to 3400m ~10 000ft. I imagine the power will be lacking at this level, especially given this is a 1:6 dirt road rocky pass.

  • I have recently replaced 2 tyres, and have the full size spare on rear holder. Will be taking tyre gators and at least a manual pump with pressur gauge.
  • New front shocks are in, had a look and looks like all is in order down there. Will try and get a spare belt, but may not get to the dealer in time.
  • Jumper cables check, also a small battery charger in case the alt breaks. Will find ac power intermittently. Have fuses
  • Spare key sounds like a good idea... may fix that somewhere to the exterior (hidden) of the car in case the original gets lost hiking or something.
  • Will take a tow rope, but will have to rely on others if a full recovery is required.
  • Will take oil, ps fluid and water.
again, thanks for the input. Will report back with some pics. I have only 2 of the 4 cards, but hopefully will get by.
 

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Thanks for all the input.. we leave on wednesday (after voting in our elections here).

The trip will take us around 2500km, from 1600m elevation down to sea level and up to 3400m ~10 000ft. I imagine the power will be lacking at this level, especially given this is a 1:6 dirt road rocky pass.

  • I have recently replaced 2 tyres, and have the full size spare on rear holder. Will be taking tyre gators and at least a manual pump with pressur gauge.
  • New front shocks are in, had a look and looks like all is in order down there. Will try and get a spare belt, but may not get to the dealer in time.
  • Jumper cables check, also a small battery charger in case the alt breaks. Will find ac power intermittently. Have fuses
  • Spare key sounds like a good idea... may fix that somewhere to the exterior (hidden) of the car in case the original gets lost hiking or something.
  • Will take a tow rope, but will have to rely on others if a full recovery is required.
  • Will take oil, ps fluid and water.
again, thanks for the input. Will report back with some pics. I have only 2 of the 4 cards, but hopefully will get by.
You will be surprised how well the ML drives at 10000 feet. I have towed my boat that high with no problems. Lake Sabrina @ about 9500 feet and South Lake @ over 10000. In the Sierra Nevada Mountanis
 

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Thanks for all the input.. we leave on wednesday (after voting in our elections here).

The trip will take us around 2500km, from 1600m elevation down to sea level and up to 3400m ~10 000ft. I imagine the power will be lacking at this level, especially given this is a 1:6 dirt road rocky pass.

  • I have recently replaced 2 tyres, and have the full size spare on rear holder. Will be taking tyre gators and at least a manual pump with pressur gauge.
  • New front shocks are in, had a look and looks like all is in order down there. Will try and get a spare belt, but may not get to the dealer in time.
  • Jumper cables check, also a small battery charger in case the alt breaks. Will find ac power intermittently. Have fuses
  • Spare key sounds like a good idea... may fix that somewhere to the exterior (hidden) of the car in case the original gets lost hiking or something.
  • Will take a tow rope, but will have to rely on others if a full recovery is required.
  • Will take oil, ps fluid and water.
again, thanks for the input. Will report back with some pics. I have only 2 of the 4 cards, but hopefully will get by.
I recommend a fire extinguisher if you don't already have one.
 

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Thanks for all the input.. we leave on wednesday (after voting in our elections here).

The trip will take us around 2500km, from 1600m elevation down to sea level and up to 3400m ~10 000ft. I imagine the power will be lacking at this level, especially given this is a 1:6 dirt road rocky pass.

  • I have recently replaced 2 tyres, and have the full size spare on rear holder. Will be taking tyre gators and at least a manual pump with pressur gauge.
  • New front shocks are in, had a look and looks like all is in order down there. Will try and get a spare belt, but may not get to the dealer in time.
  • Jumper cables check, also a small battery charger in case the alt breaks. Will find ac power intermittently. Have fuses
  • Spare key sounds like a good idea... may fix that somewhere to the exterior (hidden) of the car in case the original gets lost hiking or something.
  • Will take a tow rope, but will have to rely on others if a full recovery is required.
  • Will take oil, ps fluid and water.
again, thanks for the input. Will report back with some pics. I have only 2 of the 4 cards, but hopefully will get by.
I just noticed where you are from, you better take an M-16 or AK-47 too...
 

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It's a M-B, you will need a Visa Card, MasterCard, Amex, and Diner's Club. :D

Have fun!!
Agreed:D I have put 14.000 pretty hard miles on my ML since last september, it was for anything from snowboarding every weekend to the mountain trails for mountain biking or to the beach for buggie boarding(never tried surfing:)) and all I take with me is my gear, like da murf said... it's a mercedes benz:thumbsup:
 
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