Monday, 29 April 2013

A bit of maintenance

I haven't had the chance to get much done on George for a while, so when the long weekend came along, I took the opportunity to tick a couple of things off the old list.

Fist thing to do was replacing the blower motor. I've had issues with the fan turning on when selecting speeds 1 or 2. It would only spin up when going straight to 3 or 4. So, off came the wiper and what seemed to be half the engine compartment. It's a job that cam be done in about an hour, but since it's my first time battling with this, I took over 3 hours. Yay me....not.


Next, I installed a replacement steering wheel so I can get the original one restitched. It's looking a bit tatty and could use a bit of TLC.


That's all for now but there are a few more things that need looking into so stay tuned.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Polyurethane bushes arriving soon!

It's been a long wait, but we now have confirmation that the front swaybar PU bushes for George are now in production! Ake from Hedgehog Tuning & Motorsports has received delivery of original Mercedes rubber bushes and is now casting them with polyurethane.
Since the original part number (124 323 19 85) is not available, the replacement part is 210 323 50 85 (just in case you needed to know.
Here's a link to the announcement:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=631015436913942&set=a.405493699466118.110860.404714462877375&type=1&relevant_count=1

EDIT: It seems that this part (201 323 50 85) is not a direct replacement for the original bushes. The part is too narrow for the current sway bar bracket and WILL NOT fit. My search for OEM bushes continues.


Friday, 5 April 2013

Found the clunking noise

I took a few hours off this afternoon from work and spent the time under the car to see what was happening with that horrible clunking noise from the front end that I described at the end of this post.

After I jacked up the car and removed the floor pan, I discovered that one of the two bolts holding a sway bar bush had become loose and fallen away from the car somewhere on the road. Not a problem, I thought and I went to the hardware store and picked up some new bolts and nuts.

When I returned to the car to reassemble everything, I discovered that the bush that was supposed to be in the bracket had ripped and managed to get away from the bracket that was meant to hold it. It had actually ripped half way through. As you can see from the first pic, the bracket was sitting against the sway bar and applying quite a bit of pressure. I could only move it away with a great amount of effort. I concluded that the bracket must have been misaligned, pressing way too hard on the bush causing it to sheer, dislodge and leaving the bracket loose. Over time, the top bolt must had gotten away and left the bottom one hanging on for dear lift. Lucky for me, the half moon bracket remained and is usable.

I now need a new bush and can't wait for the ones coming from Ake at Hedgehog Tuning & Motorsports. I have to get some OEMs from Mercedes tomorrow.

FYI, the OEM part number for the front sway bushes on a 190E 16v is A1243231985.

This is how I found the bracket when I took off the floor pan.

Here's the abused bush. Poor thing :(

Monday, 1 April 2013

Well, that's over....

You know that knocking sound I described yesterday that was coming from the front of the car? Here's a reminder. Scroll to the bottom of the last pic for a description.
Well, it appears that the problem was related to the steering and suspension and was a bit bigger than I thought. I was just driving down a straight smooth road in the pic below, when there was an awful clunk and bang, then the car suddenly swerved to the left, hit the left side embankment and spun a few times. The only thing good to come out of this is that the designers and engineers at Mercedes have done their job and kept me alive.

Unfortunately though, for one life to be saved, another had to be taken. After being together for less than 5 months, George is dead.
My Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 is gone. He's gone to the big workshop in the sky where oil and filter changes are done everyday and the only road travelled is an open highway.

Oh God, I miss it already!!!!
R.I.P George, my friend.

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April Fools Day, people!
George is fine and tucked away in the garage :)