I apologize for the bad sound. The movie was made with a normal digital camera that I jammed between the dashboard and the windscreen. HERE YOU GO!
Saturday, January 31, 2015
I apologize for the bad sound. The movie was made with a normal digital camera that I jammed between the dashboard and the windscreen. HERE YOU GO!
Friday, January 30, 2015
The sensor itself is located next to the oil filter. It's this grey-white rounded thing just below the base of the oil filter. The oil filter of the M103-engine (and also the M102) is located on the driver's side just in front of the fire screen and behind the air filter box.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Here you can SEE THE VIDEO with a description of the error. In the video I tried different things: pulling off the plug of the oil pressure sensor, holding the contact of the plug to the mass of the car to see if the display shows a different value. Yes, it did. As soon as I was holding the plug of the oil pressure sensor to the mass of the car, the value dropped to zero. An indication that the oil pressure sensor was malfunctioning. Tomorrow I will show you the exchange of the oil pressure sensor.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Click to see the patterns. You have an advantage if you own a color printer.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Cooling water came from somewhere behind the silver heating pipe (the heater core; is it called so in English?). Well, I was quite shocked when I found out that for the exchange of the heater core I had to get out the whole dashboard. I like working on my car but as I don't have the space to work without hurry and as I'm dependent on the car I was almost about to give up.
The mechanic did his job very good and eversthing is o.k. now. There's no loss of cooling water in the reservoir or anywhere else.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Here I'll provide you with a VIDEO ABOUT THE EXCHANGE of the Mercedes-Benz star. It's one of the easiest jobs. In my videos I'm speaking German but I think that I'll change that soon as it is quite a lot of work to subtitle everything :) Enjoy it anyway! For subtitle click on "CC"
Sunday, January 25, 2015
WATCH THE SELF TAKEN PROMOTION-VIDEO HERE of my W126, 300SE. Some reward for all the work.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
It is not very difficult to install it but you have to be careful as there are sensitive steering pins of the headlights height control. They brake easily.
Friday, January 23, 2015
I was told that the color of the left frame is very close to the original color (anthracite gray, RAL 7016). Yes, it looks very dark but later on you'll see the big difference and the nice outcome. Another problem here: the plastic frame became hard and brittle over the years. So be careful a bit.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
The clips are holding the glass and as they are made of metal and as they have direct contact to the glass, it is very easy to break the glass when trying to take them off. And to take them off you need to bend and stretch them a bit. This is the tricky part and probably the most difficult.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
One day in May 2012 I and a friend took out the two headlights of my W126, 300 SE because 1) I thought that the grey color of the inside frame became pale and the most important point 2) the reflector of the left headlight was rusty. The rubber seal was obviously not intact anymore.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
I thought it might be a good idea to show you from time to time some videos of some of my little cruising tours. I published them on YouTube already but probably you haven't seen them.
It's a composition of many different videos. I hope you'll enjoy it!
Monday, January 19, 2015
|This is the view from the back of the alternator. Good to see the alternator regulator and the connector above. This picture is from my W201, M102.|
Procedure: Disconnect the battery by pulling of the mass(minus)-cable. Secure the cable from not-intentioned reconnecting to the mass. You can simply remove the two Phillips screws and pull the regulator gently. Don't worry, the regulator has a bit of tension because the carbon pins are sprung. Inspect the regulator. The pins shouldn't be shorter than 5mm. If they have less replace it with your spare part.
|The new regulator - here for a W126, 300 SE|
Sunday, January 18, 2015
But there's something you can do.
I changed the bulbs of the headlights to "Osram Night Breaker Plus", the second generation. They should last longer than the first generation, that were broken after a few months. So I think that the difference can be even seen at daylight.
|Before the replacement|
|Driver's side changed, the other side still with the old bulb|
Saturday, January 17, 2015
O.k. guys, sometimes it's easier and cheaper to go to a shop. E.g. the change of the brake fluid. It's only 39,50 Euros total here and it has to be done now because I don't know when it was changed the last time. But I promise you that most of my stories will be DIY-stories.
By the way, brake fluid is highly hygroscopic and should be changed every 12-24 months. The more water gets inside the system the lower the boiling point becomes. This is dangerous because it can cause vapor bubbles and the break pedal becomes useless.
Greetings from the shop!
Friday, January 16, 2015
The slogan "Welcome home" from 1990 is kind of true. In this commercial a tourist is travelling to a far country, the airport is loud, he gets the keys for his rented car, outside the airport it's also noisy, he gets into the car, closes the door and: silence!
This was right in the 80's and 90's but these old cars kept this feeling of safety and cosiness, a feeling of "coming home".
That's why I'm not disappointed that I sold my W126 in 2013. I lived the dream and I kept a little piece of it. And I'm happy to tell you guys much more stories about my experiences with the W126 and the W201! I'm looking forward to your comments!
Thursday, January 15, 2015
- 5 liters of semi-synthetic motor oil for gasoline engines (if you have used mineral oil before, you can change to semi-synthetic but don't do it vice versa). I'm using 10W40 here in North Germany.
- 1 oil filter, I prefer the MANN FILTER W719/13 (see the photo below) because the cartridge is bigger than other products, OEM A1021840501
- 1 air filter, I prefer the MANN FILTER C 41 121 (see the photo below), OEM A0030945804
- 1 oil drain screw M14x1.5, OEM A1119970330, optional, you also can use the old one with a new seal
- 1 seal for the oil drain screw, OEM N007603014106
- 1 oil filter wrench OCS1 SW21
- 1 collector box for the old oil
- 1 torque wrench, you'll need 20 newton meter torque for the new oil filter and 25 newton meter to fasten the oil drain screw.
- 1 ratchet box with an extension
- 1 car jack
- 1 pair of well-fitting work gloves (optional)
- 1 or 2 drop boxes
- make sure that the motor is warm. This way the oil will get out easier and more complete.
- take on your gloves.
- lift the car on the driver's side with the car jack to make it easier to reach the oil drain screw.
- cover the floor to protect the floor from dropping oil.
- open the oil inlet cover and lift the oil dipstick a bit.
- take the ratchet with a 13mm-socket and the collector box
- get under the car and unscrew the oil drain screw with the ratchet. Not completely, just make it loose. Be careful because the oil pan is made of aluminum. It does not resist for long. If the screw is too tight, try it with silicone spray or rust remover spray and give it some time.
- get the collector box in position, put it a bit more to the left side of the car because it comes out with some pressure.
- when everything is in place, unscrew the oil drain screw completely and make sure that the oil doesn't drop anywhere else. Note that the oil is hot or at least quite warm! Put the screw and the old seal in the drop box.
- now get to the oil filter and put a work towel around and under the oil filter because it may happen that some oil gets out.
- put the extension on the ratchet and the oil filter wrench on the extension and put your tool on the oil filter.
- if you have the feeling that the filter wrench is sitting a little loose, give it a hearty, little shock.
- unscrew the oil filter, take it off and put it in a drop box.
- now let all the old oil get out of the oil pan. This takes a while, so get to the air filter box to change the air filter.
- Pull all the spring clips around the air filter box and unscrew the four nuts on the box.
- now you can see the old filter. Get it out slowly and make sure that no dirt gets in the air flow sensor.
- Inspect the box from the inside and clean the inside surfaces carefully.
- put on the new air filter and make sure that it fits well.
- close the box in reverse order.
- take the new oil filter and lubricate the rubber seal with some old oil before screwing it on the filter base.
- remove the work towel
- if the oil hast stopped dropping out of the drain plug, take a new oil drain screw seal and put it on the old (or the new) oil drain screw.
- screw it into the socket and tighten it with 25 newton meter maximum.
- get the collector box from under the car.
- lower the car and remove the car jack.
- take the new oil and pour 5 liters into the oil inlet.
- close the inlet with the cover and put back the oil dipstick into its holder.
- take off your gloves and start the engine. Let it run for a couple of minutes.
- check if the new oil drain screw seal holds.
- turn the engine off and wait for approximately two minutes.
- check the oil level and if necessary correct it.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I continued to follow the eBay-auction. There seemed to be only one or two bidders, which bid, however, in small amounts. My-felt maximum was 1000.00 -1200.00 Euros. Oliver said that 1000,00 Euro should be the maximum. The end of the auction was on January 02 at 02:12pm. Well, at the last moment I could not contain myself and finally offered 1285,00 Euros. No bargain, but also not very expensive. That same evening I went with my Suzuki scooter UH-200 to the owner, doublechecked everything in the car, signed the contract and got the keys. As the car was already signed out (not registered anymore), we agreed that I could pick up the car the next day, after I have been with the documents to the Admissions Office.
On 03 January, I held the license plates in my hands. It was another license plate with HB NC 975, which I used on my S-class at the beginning. A good friend drove me the district Grambke in Bremen where I installed the license plates on the Benz and I finally took the car for its first ride under new ownership. Now it was really mine! And again, I thought. "Well Nils, you managed three months not to drive a car with a star on the grille!"
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
The Benz was really good at first glance. It was still registered and was waiting for my test drive. The seller sent her husband to me; obviously she was afraid of special "car questions". Her husband, who was talking with a Dutch accent, waited while I had a closer look to the exterior and interior of the car - the first inspection. Outwardly it looked really passable. The interior was ok, "Only dusty, and the cushions need a little cleaning.", I thought. The mileage told me 198 000 km. We went forward to the engine. The first glance fell on all kinds of leaves that lay on the ventilation slots. The engine had obviously not been cleaned for a very long time. On the first and fourth cylinders valve cover could be seen some oil. The Dutch just said: "We have the car since August and my wife uses it. The car got only its inspections at the shop...." I looked under the car. The front axle told me that the car was actually 23 years old. The steering, the front axle and the springs had some rust. I was a little disappointed at this time, because the seller had advertised the car rust-free.
Well, let's have closer look. The car started immediately, the engine was quiet! After that my main focus was on any noise. But the W201 impressed. No strange noise. Well, I had to get used to the gears. Also, the W201, 190 E 1.8 is not known as an agile car. Altogether it seemed a bit hesitant, as if it did not really move. Have later learned that the W201 is exactly known for this behavior, at least the 1.8-liter engine. But it worked. Circuit o.k., o.k. everything, all displays normally. The friend of the seller was sitting next to me, but did not really have much to say, because obviously he did not know much about cars. Back at the house, he showed me the accessories: Mercedes alloy rims with summer wheels and a roof rack. Well, that was enough for a first impression.
Monday, January 12, 2015
As I sold the W126 in October 2013 I tried to relax a bit and not to follow the hobby anymore. I thought that I could satisfy my mobility needs with the local car sharing project "Cambio". You book a car via internet, you go to the parking space in your district, you open the safe to get the keys and you rent the car for a couple of hours. Quite a good thing, but after only three monts I got bored. The cars were too new. Too much technical non-sense and everything was too functional and just boring.
The unconscious search
So I started unconsciously to look around on eBay and other auction sites. One thing was clear: W126, not again, not now. This dream was lived. But Jörg and Oliver of the "Benz Friends Classic" advised me to lookout for a W201. "The W201 is more economic and not that much in need of care and high costs." And so I did. By the way, I already knew the driving characteristics of the W201 and did not find it bad; as long as you are the driver and not the rear passenger.
Benz in exchange for motor boat or trailer
After Christmas 2013 I discovered on eBay a W201, standing in Bremen Grambke. "Mercedes E 190 in top condition in exchange for motor boat or car trailer". The seller advertised with the additional information: clean visually and technically top 190, 109 hp, sunroof , summer tires on aluminum rims , winter tires on steel rims , roof racks, engine and transmission run smoothly, rust does not exist, non smoking vehicle and full service history. The images showed a 190 in pearl gray. Outwardly, it appeared o.k. I began to bid ; more or less with no real buy intentions. But then the car more and more aroused my interest. I wrote to the seller and agreed a meeting on December 29, 2013.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Initially the "Blue" received the logical license plate number HB NC 975, so my initials with three digits of my birth year. Then one day I saw again a wonderful legendary sketch from the German comedian Hape Kerkeling in which he dressed up as Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and as such he drove in a W126-Trasco-stretch-limousine to Bellevue Castle to have some "lecke Mittachessen" (delicious lunch) with Richard von Weizsäcker, the then-President of Germany. The people there were waiting for the real Queen and got a little confused. Yes, and when I looked at the sketch again my view suddenly fell on the license plate of the Trasco sedan. HB UA 95. "Hey, a Bremen license plate! ", I thought, and for fun, I looked on the website of the road traffic office if the car registration number was still assigned.
I was convinced that it was. But I was surprised. It was free! I reserved it for a few months, and on November 07, 2011 the 300 SE got the license plate number of Trixie's sedan! If you like to watch the sketch, have a look here! Even if you don't understand the language, it's still funny because the situation is not a fake and the German security forces were something between amused and unpleasantly surprised at the same time.
Friday, January 9, 2015
Well, I thought, the car is not new, and for the money you can't get anything better. The test run was very good and convinced me after all. We made quickly the purchase contract and then my friend and I drove to Regensburg to do some sightseeing there. The distance from New Ulm to Regensburg and the next day from Regensburg to Bremen was then, let's say so, my and our common maiden voyage. And the 300SE did it well.