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  1. conor1n

    Shock absorber top mounts

    Hi everybody, Looks like the the top mounting portion of my rear shock (E Class estate) has give way. It looks like MB (EPC) don't list the top mount separately, but I can see them online. I am going to source some tomorrow and go about putting them on. Anything I need to know in that...
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    Closing in on the valve stem seals vs piston rings question.

    Hello everybody. I have my S212 350 CGI with 199k miles and it's burning a lot of oil. Somewhere in the order of 1 litre in less than 1000 miles. At least that was the case before renewing the PCV valve. It still burns a lot. I have been trying to figure out if the rings or valve seals or...
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    Reversed into me while parallel parking..

    This was a bummer.. I was parallel parking on the street one day, and as I was lining up another person shouts at me, asking if I am parking "there or there", being smart. I park and they pull in ahead of me.. as I get out of my car I hear crunch and they have just backed into me.. I'm like...
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    A lot of tire wear and fast..rear S212

    Hello I have just replaced some very badly worn tires on my E class. The tire were in great shape 8000 miles ago and there is still plenty of tread, but the insides of the rears were just about to blow come testing time. See below. It is obvious that something is wrong, what could it be? Here...
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    Disintegrating soundproofing in engine bay..

    Hey guys, Well.. as you can see in the photos the sound proofing has started to deteriorate and break away. It's annoying as if you touch off it it starts to break off and find its way into the MAF. Anyway, I am wondering what I could do with it while I have the bulkhead out. Is there some...
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    Received invalid "OEM matched" part for aux water pump - R230

    Hey guys, Quick one before I return the item. I bought the following Vemo pump online but the connector is different. It seems like all the sites match on this same pump for my car- am I missing something, or do I need to pay 3 times as much for the OE part. In the latter photos you will see...
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    R230 rear arch rust repair - grind back the lip?

    Hello guys, Just a quick question. I have started work on repairing the rust on my rear arches and hit a bit of a conundrum. Wondering if you guys can help? You will see in the drawing below, a rough outline of the rear arch and internal lip. I need to remove all the rubber sealant in the lip...
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    It would be rude not introduce myself S212 & R230

    Hello everybody! In January last year I got the MB bug with my S212 E350 CGI estate and bought an R230 SL500 back in September.. I have been able to justify the SL using the argument that as a DIY'er it will be a lot more affordable to maintain and I will only do a couple of thousand miles a...
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    Auto electric supplier for alternator refurb parts?

    Hi all, I have just taken the (broken) alternator out of my E class with a view to refurbishing it myself. Would anybody be able to help me track down the correct bits for a refurb? I am looking for: * Ball bearings x 2 * Brushes * Split ring. The Bosch OEM part is as follows: The OEM...
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