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Took a few days to fix my steering wheel using the leatherique steering wheel kit.
Had a few spots where I was wearing into the leather and lots of cracks. decided to go for a slightly lighter grey for a change in contrast and fixed most of the cracks and all of the very worn patches with crack filler. left some of the cracks for a little more character :wink
Very happy with the final result.
What brand did you use? I like the results. Mine is cracked too.

I changed the a.c. compressor and drier on the 98 diesel this last weekend.... Now the a.c. is nice and cold.... Toyota cold. I love freezing my balls off in 95f days! :D
 

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Replaced the infamous window regulator on the E320 today. Was a good day. It took me longer to find the proper sized bolts, washers and nuts than it did to drill out the rivets and replace the regulator.
 

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Yes please, I'd like to know how you do it.
 

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Bought sway bar bushing, sway bar links and lower ball joints from dealer.

Surprisingly, they were only $15 more expensive than online retailers.

Given the dubious quality of suspension brands, I opted to pay the extra $15 for MB parts that will last longer.

FWIW, the ball joints and the sway bar links were totally original....but the sway bar bushing has been replaced before, and it looked bad. The pictures don't show it, but when the sway bar bushing were on the car, they had far more cracks visible.

Time to test drive the car and see if the clunk went away....
 

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Why don't you give her one of those cars that you don't care if rims get damaged?

If sister asks for a loaner, she gets my 97, lol. It's mechanically sound, but looks like a shitbox from the outside, rims included.

Shame that the previous owner let the car rot for years..
 

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tmabiker;15517873 New Sylvania headlight bulbs said:
Which one did you use? I feel my lightings is really subpar, and reading reviews of ebay Depo headlights with projector lens output less light than OEM makes me less than thrilled to try it out.

Did bulb replacement really make that much of a difference?

ouch ouch. take pictures !! of car and of pothole. see if your city has incident
logs which show hazards which the residents may have reported. if you can
show cause that the City was aware, ignored or dilly dallied the repair, you may
be able to recover some cost for the damage
It depends on the city and whether or not there was a police report filed.

Years ago, when I was driving my Mini Cooper, I hit one such pothole, and I pulled over to the side with 6-7 other people with the same exact issue. My rims split in half, and I bent the control arm and trailing arm on the side that hit the pothole.

I got the police report, the name, phone number and the vehicle that hit that pothole (when the tow truck came to pick me up, I had over 10 names/phone numbers) and filed a claim with Caltrans with all the evidence.

Their reply basically said "Go fuck yourself" in very polite terms. Further inquiry brought nothing. That cost me about $2000 to replace everything. This was when I was in college and barely making ends meet.

That was years and years ago, and I'm still salty about it.
 

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If that little dent is where the exhaust pipe passes the rear subframe, then yes that would be it. My little E300 has the same exact dent in the same place.
 

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Was that the original crank sensor?

Christ, 600k miles.... Did you drive it that much?
 

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Why is that problematic? Just about any M112 3.2L engine fits the car. You will have to swap the upper oil pan from old engine to new engine, but thats about it.
 

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Upper oil pan is shaped because your car is 4matic. Non-4matic have different oil pan, but the basic engine is the same.

If you are local, I have my old engine for sale, but it's high mileage @ 270k. No problems at all, did not consume any oil. But it came out of a RWD car, so you will need upper oil pan from old engine.
 

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Because M112 does not have a singular oil pan. It has two. One upper and one lower.
 

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No, I stand by what I said. Regardless, this shouldn't worry you, since you're getting a 4matic engine anyway.
 

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Oops, that'll do it.
 

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How about the charcoal filter? It's also the most forgotten part of maintenance.

How many years worth of cow farts, skunks, smog and otherwise are trapped in it?
 

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No red light, unfortunately. It'll just beep at you at every start up, saying service is due.

Red light is for parking brake engaged. And one other thing, maybe SRS.
 
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Wow, that's a big job. Even I have second thoughts about doing evap cores.

Is your car a true guard? Bulletproof windows, etc?
 

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Yes bulletproof by mercedes Sindelfingen
Wait, backup. You show pics of an accumulator. I see SLS reservoir in the engine bay.

This car has SLS? Is it rear only, or all four corners?!?!

I thought only wagons had SLS? Unless the guard is so heavy that it requires SLS?
 

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On W210, the AC secret menu does not display the true battery voltage. It is always off.

Measure battery voltage at the battery terminals, then compare to the output on secret menu. Mine is off by 0.6v, so I just add 0.6v to whatever the menu is showing, and that is the true battery voltage.
 
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Pretty much. For me 13.2v (true voltage) is the point where I start investigating alt. 13v or below, automatic replacement.

This logic does not apply to newer cars, they have variable output alternator. Saw a late model civic that was idling at 12.6v. Soon as you turned on AC, went to 12.8. Turn on seat heater, 13. Turn on radio and raise volume, straight up 14v.

New tech is wack, yo.
 
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That motel was really, REALLY tired of cleaning up the mess. Those signs are savages. Absolutely no mercy at all. :ROFLMAO:

25 mpg is actually really good, IIRC the trip to Portland is full of hillies. Last time I made the trip up there (in a 2016 Lexus RX350....long story) it got 18 mpg. Average is 22-24 on flat ground. Those inclines pretty much killed the mpg. Same with my motorcycle, average is 45 mpg, I got 30-ish...to be fair, I was booking it. The poor bike was struggling, so of course I was wailing on it. Redlining in 4th gear just so I could pass people....uphill....while carrying camping supplies and food...just so I could make it in time for the solar eclipse.

That was fun.
 
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