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That.

I am experiencing is droning sound on the car since I've bought her. And from previous experience with my W123 I reckoned it was worth tightening the wheel bearings to see if I can compensate for the wear of 420 000km. The left wheel bearing was adjusted without a hitch, but the right wheel bearing is not worth bothering (not that I didn't adjust it anyways) because it has what can be best described as "a bump in the road" every revolution. This is symptomatic of a bearing that has experienced brinelling. It is also the sole source of the droning.

But one never replaces one wheel bearing; at the very least replace the bearings on both wheels of the same axle. I can replace the front bearings myself, but I may have to let MB do the rears for me.
Check out Gerry's writeup on the 500E forum, C126 section. He has a step-by-step pictorial, basically a more complicated version of the front bearings (removing more parts to get to them).
 

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Typo. Should be TLAs, plural of TLA (Three Letter Acronym). Sorry...
God this reminds me of the line from the first Transformers movie, " Try to keep up with the acronyms!"

Just to keep on thread, I cleaned and did a bit of waxing on the 81 SD plus it has an appointment at the alignment shop on Wednesday, it's had a slight pull to the right since the last alignment and I really want it gone.
 

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Touched in a little top coat scratch on the SEC.
Popped in the replacement rear view mirror. (Used a little copper grease on the spring loaded bit cos it's hard!)
Bumpers off now, to do the same as the SE although no rotten chrome to remove.
Catching it in time on this car I hope! The rust coating I'd previously used on the inside of the chromes, had peeled a bit but not too bad. Loads of Dynax wax on them now, and the exposed vulnerable areas of the car while the bumpers are off. Used a syringe to get the inside fronts of the wings.
Smeared a bit of Leatherique on the leather since its 26c here at the moment.
 

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Rear Lorinser spoiler in with bumper and the badge, SEC chrome with corners, W140 glass roof capsule in with W140 seal took the whole sunroof apart degrease it, new slider jaws and grease, rear glass with new seal in, I called 4 glass companies they asked $400 to install the glass I decided to do it my self I was surprised how easy that job is, it took less than 30 minutes and the glass slides in for $10 only using 1/4 inch nylon rope from home depot for $6 and glycerin from walmart for $4, with a little help from a friend he applied pressure from outside while i pulled the rope from inside and boom its in, still have a lot of work to do.



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Rear Lorinser spoiler in with bumper and the badge, SEC chrome with corners, W140 glass roof capsule in with W140 seal took the whole sunroof apart degrease it, new slider jaws and grease, rear glass with new seal in, I called 4 glass companies they asked $400 to install the glass I decided to do it my self I was surprised how easy that job is, it took less than 30 minutes and the glass slides in for $10 only using 1/4 inch nylon rope from home depot for $6 and glycerin from walmart for $4, with a little help from a friend he applied pressure from outside while i pulled the rope from inside and boom its in, still have a lot of work to do.



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Just gorgeous.

Tell us more about the rear glass fitting. I get the rubber bit, that's the normal old school way by the sounds of it. But how does the bright trim attach?
 

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Just gorgeous.

Tell us more about the rear glass fitting. I get the rubber bit, that's the normal old school way by the sounds of it. But how does the bright trim attach?
the chrome trim like a hook, you push it in inside the rubber slot, soapy water is the trick for pushing it in place, the rubber still available from the dealership for $80, and the sealing compound for $18, I put glycerine on the lip and on the body flang corner and pushed 1/4 inch nylon rope inside the rubber lip and add more glycerine on top of the rope, aligned the glass as mush as possible, the chrome should sit flushed with the roof to prevent wind noise, my helper started applying pressure from outside while me from inside pulling the rope, the trick is let your helper follow you when you pull, start from the center bottomn and make your way up, so easy I was so aftaid from doing it but take your time it will slide in so easily.
 

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Rubber is supposed to be installed on the glass first, then the alu trim on the rubber and the whole assembly gets installed on the car.
 

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Rubber is supposed to be installed on the glass first, then the alu trim on the rubber and the whole assembly gets installed on the car.
yes, there is no way to install it while glass in, install the rubber seal around the glass then chrome, then use mb glass compound around the body flang ,close the paint hole in the flang using mb sealing cord. put the nylon cord in the lip, tuck it in with lubricant and then install
 

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Today I treated my car to a new radio.
Electronic instrument Font Musical instrument accessory Musical instrument Rectangle


Because the W126's wiring is too old for this radio, I've decided to find and modify a late W202 or W210 audio wiring harness, including the manual antenna button (which will fit nicely in the FAD button's space in the console). But I did connect the radio to my W202, which already has the ISO 10487 connections. I am impressed by the simplicity, the sound quality, and the fact that I still can install an amp for more sound should I choose to do so.
 

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They are so my cup of tea. Yum.
 

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gorgeous. but would Mother love them?:)
 

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the wheels were painted 4 times, the paint was so thick that i stripped them using stripper and razor blade then I gave up and took them to a plating company, bought them from a guy who took those wheels off and put W140 wheels in his w126, he said he didnt like them as they are not original lol


They are so my cup of tea. Yum.
 

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After years of hiatus, I am back on the forum. It will take me a while to get caught up.
 
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