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    Quote Originally Posted by 87gtVIC View Post
    Just a tick under 139K

    Had a chirping sound when idling and giving it a tad of gas. Figured I would throw on a tensioner and idler pulley and new belt. Same sound still. lol Idler was screwed anyways super noisy so no loss there. Dug into the sound further and it is the drivers side exhaust. Will look into that when I have the motivation. Not going to lose an engine over it so it can wait.
    Found my chirping sound. Rotted off exhaust hangers on each side next to the transmission. The little rotted bits were rubbing on the exhaust under load and causing the sound. Exhaust pipe was unaffected.

    Fabbed up new mounts and boogerwelded them into place. Smothered some high heat paint over it and called it good.

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    Couple days ago it started getting chilly around here so I turned the climate control to warm me up and nothing but cold air came out the whole drive to work.

    Had this problem years back (2015 apparently) as I had already purchased the heater control valve to do this job but at the time it miraculously started working and worked up to date.

    Have to remove the windshield wiper arms, the cowling and then the window wiper mechanism to gain access to the control valve. Four ports on the valve, two quick connects to the heater core, and one more quick connect to either the supply or return and one hose clamp for either supply or return. One electrical connector and the bugger is out.

    Couple videos about it on the web and I think it should not be to big of a hassle to accomplish.
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    Still doesn’t sound like a walk in the park. I am betting you are one of the few Mercedes owners who do their own fixing.

    My dad did some brake work on a 1972 280SE 4.5. I was about 15 or 16. A completely different animal than yours but I remember parts availability was horrible and it fault him the whole time. It was a nice car though. Fuel injected, four wheel disc, and a factory in dash cassette player (not 8-track).
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    electrically controlled valve with an internal bypass so coolant goes back to the engine when no heat is requested?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiggie View Post
    Still doesn’t sound like a walk in the park. I am betting you are one of the few Mercedes owners who do their own fixing.

    My dad did some brake work on a 1972 280SE 4.5. I was about 15 or 16. A completely different animal than yours but I remember parts availability was horrible and it fault him the whole time. It was a nice car though. Fuel injected, four wheel disc, and a factory in dash cassette player (not 8-track).
    If you don't do the work yourself the job would cost more than the car is worth! Joking there but I am sure the dealer will take you for all your worth. I don't have the money to get a new Benz every time the lease runs out...

    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    electrically controlled valve with an internal bypass so coolant goes back to the engine when no heat is requested?

    Precisely. Electrical motor and some gears to control where the flow goes. During warmer weather I would imagine the core is bypassed completely. Culprit seems to be things seizing up in the works.
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    I'm pretty sure I watched from the side while a friend did this last winter. I don't remember it taking that long, even with all the sarcastic Mercedes remarks from us bystanders. That one was a 4 cyl diesel, so it might it be a bit of squeeze with a V6. Either way you're going to spill coolant everywhere.

    While MB service prices might be horrendous, those cars aren't exactly rocket science to work on. Especially the E-class as the engine isn't knee deep under the cowl and windshield, like in Beemers.
    Like with any new-ish car, there's a load of stuff in the way before getting to anything.
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    Nice Benz. There’s a guy in Chicago with a twin to this that pounds the car over potholes. Warped perception something or another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arquemann View Post
    I'm pretty sure I watched from the side while a friend did this last winter. I don't remember it taking that long, even with all the sarcastic Mercedes remarks from us bystanders. That one was a 4 cyl diesel, so it might it be a bit of squeeze with a V6. Either way you're going to spill coolant everywhere.

    While MB service prices might be horrendous, those cars aren't exactly rocket science to work on. Especially the E-class as the engine isn't knee deep under the cowl and windshield, like in Beemers.
    Like with any new-ish car, there's a load of stuff in the way before getting to anything.
    Went well. Not as much coolant as I was expecting. Parked in the backyard which has a slight upwards angle to it. DOnt know if that helped or hurt.

    Quote Originally Posted by torquelover View Post
    Nice Benz. There’s a guy in Chicago with a twin to this that pounds the car over potholes. Warped perception something or another.
    Thanks.

    I checked out a couple of his videos. Pretty cool.


    Changed the heater valve out today. Went well. No cursing smooth sailing. Heat is back.

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    Though I did not drive the car too much this past winter on the cold days I did it was nice to have heat again in the cabin!

    Washed the ol'gal up today. Still sitting pretty for having roughly 142k on the clock.















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    Beautiful car! Ballin!!!

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    May 28 I did an oil change and coolant flush.

    143,500 on the ol'gal.

    The 1.5 gallon of coolant I got out still looked clean and pretty blue (silly European coolant) so I dont feel too bad about not entierly draining the system. Just opened the radiators petcock and sucks whatever was left out from the expansion tank and I refilled the system with distilled water and new blue European coolant.


    Changed the air filters out today. Two for the engine and one for the cabin air. I dont think those have been changed since 94k by me. Woops. lol just under 50k. they didnt look horrendous. EDIT. Found a receipt for the cabin air filter...did that last at 113,500....

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    The drivers side mirror had started to leak?...lose its mojo this past winter. Swapped in a replacement this afternoon.

    It is heated and dimming..something was not happy any longer.



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    probably bonded glass and it started to de-laminate. The original rear view on my Towncar did that. The reflective coating goes away once it gets exposed to oxygen. Same mechanism as CD rot if you've ever seen that.

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    These new-fangled gizmos! Just roll down the window and wipe the mirror with your finger(s) :p

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