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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    I always love your long stories, photos and post, keep it up

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    PS: Just remember one thing. When you garage your 500E after a good romp, always pop the hood open to let the heat dissipate. Your car will thank you.
    The owner of my 1st E500 (Fad) always did this after every drive, he handed the tradition down to me I still do it down to this day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KarlC View Post
    The owner of my 1st E500 (Fad) always did this after every drive, he handed the tradition down to me I still do it down to this day.
    Smart. It makes a difference. Baked goods should only be obtained from the bakery, not from under the hood.

    Think of all those problems we continuously read about in the forums caused by baked vacuum hoses, wiring & rubber/plastic components.

    The 500E engine compartment is well-contained. The running engine emits a tremendous amount of heat. You gotta let the heat out into the atmosphere by opening the hood after driving, otherwise it is completely absorbed by the underhood components.

    Not good in the long run.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerFuror View Post
    Think of all those problems we continuously read about in the forums caused by baked vacuum hoses
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    Quote Originally Posted by KarlC View Post
    I always love your long stories, photos and post, keep it up



    The owner of my 1st E500 (Fad) always did this after every drive, he handed the tradition down to me I still do it down to this day.

    thx
    Me too. Once the car is stopped with no fan running and no airflow things must get hot. I'm addicted to the 3rd - 4th shift. It's the point at which others usually give up the chase and I start thinking about "superspeeder fines"

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheward View Post
    Me too. Once the car is stopped with no fan running and no airflow things must get hot.

    drew
    My company repairs high end counter tops, one common issue is cracks around the cooktop from excessive heat. The cracks dont normaly happen durring the cooking stage, they happen after the cooktop and fan has been shut off. Once the fan is off it is no longer pulling the heat out, so the area actually heats up even with the cooktop off. I cant tell you how many people have told me they where enjoying dinner an heard what sounded like a gun go off in the kitchen, went to look and found a cracked counter at the cooktop.
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    Please explain "dialed in".
    To me, "dialed-in" means all systems are “go”; operating properly in a state of condition perceived as close as possible to that of when the car was new.

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    What did you do to dial it in?
    I reckon I got lucky with the cumulative results of this year’s adjustments/upgrades I made to the transmission & engine management systems. I believe the car is also benefitting from the use of ethanol-free gasoline.

    Retrospectively, I purchased what I believed was a good, solid car with minimal deferred maintenance of its critical components. The POs did a pretty good job in keeping/getting the car in this condition for me. I've personally taken it from there with a hands-on approach in making sure transmission, drivetrain, suspension, electrical systems stay fresh & clean. If I discovered something worn, broken or missing, I fixed or replaced it. I mostly go with MB OEM parts when replacements are necessary.

    I’ve compiled & categorized the service info from my receipts into a spreadsheet. This action established my 500E’s baseline showing what parts were replaced & when. I now know how many miles and/or years these parts have been in service. I then cross reference this info with the service interval documentation which indicates the parts/systems I should be proactively addressing.

    Additionally, I also keep the car garaged & on charger when not in use. It is not a daily driver. It never sees winter & rarely is driven during inclement weather. And, as previously mentioned, the hood goes up once garaged after every drive.

    This has all added up into a 500E that is currently running very well & is a blast to drive. Is there more work to do on the car? Sure, but nothing affecting its current state of overall performance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerFuror View Post
    The running engine emits a tremendous amount of heat. You gotta let the heat out into the atmosphere by opening the hood after driving, otherwise it is completely absorbed by the underhood components.

    Not good in the long run.
    I do the same. Frequently the aux fans are running at high speed when I pull into the garage. Shutting the engine and aux fans down at the same time just doesn't seem right, hence my motivation to open the hood. I wonder why MB didn't design the aux fans to run for a couple minutes after engine shut-down.
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    It was a perfect autumn morning to open the sunroof & climb the hilltop overlooking the valley to watch the sail planes dance their aerial ballets.

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    I love your unbridled enthusiasm for your car. I feel the same way when I drive mine.

    Looking at your chrome eight spokes almost make me wish I would have kept mine. It's a good look with black.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maui View Post
    I love your unbridled enthusiasm for your car. I feel the same way when I drive mine.
    I just got unbridled with it again doing some more test driving a little while ago. All went well including my evasive tactics in returning safely to the Batcave .

    I popped the hood open as usual, then started laughing hard when I noticed my little 11"x18" Rebel flag hanging from the ceiling was flapping as if it was in the wind...

    ...the motion was caused by the heat pouring out of the engine bay!

    The evenings are getting significantly cooler now. I returned to the garage & enjoyed how comfortably warm it was inside thanks to the 500E engine bay.


    Quote Originally Posted by Maui View Post
    Looking at your chrome eight spokes almost make me wish I would have kept mine. It's a good look with black.
    A lot of people poo-poo chrome, but for me it provides the proper complimentary contrast/balance to a very otherwise black car.
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    I agree that chrome goes well with black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maui View Post
    I agree that chrome goes well with black.
    Rather very well.In 1994 I bought my first Benz,a 114 230.4 with the chrome 16 in flat face that came with the US 129.I first saw it at night and I had to buy that car.It was a sight to behold.

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    I'll throw in on that one, too. On a black car, they can absolutely rock. One of the best looking MBs that I ever saw was a brand-new V12 140 in late '91. It was ordered black on black. Most of you guys know how I am, so you can imagine how I was pissing and moaning to myself that we were removing the bumpers, the body cladding, and the wheels. All the plastic was redone in 040, and the wheels went to California for chrome. I was gone for a couple weeks after that, so I was not there to see the car get reassembled. When I returned, I found it finished and waiting for the owner that had requested all this to pick it up. Damn if it wasn't drop dead stunning! To this day it remains in my memory as one of the most impressive looking cars I've ever seen. I still hate them on almost any other color, but I've had a soft spot for factory chromies on a black "prestige" Benz since that moment...
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    Last edited by DerFuror; 11-02-2014 at 07:08 PM.
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    My weekend was good but I would have rather spent it as you did. Thanks for the pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheward View Post
    Thanks for the pictures.
    Indeed! Derf's 500 improves any background. So does his Finnie!
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    Wow, thanks for the beautiful photos of your outing, Derf!


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    Re: Aw Crap!!

    The first volley has been fired across my bow & I take notice.

    It is snowing in the Hinterlands today. The snow won't stick, but this precursor of foreboding Winter signals that this season's 500E time is unfortunately soon drawing to a close.

    Every fleeting moment will count before cocoon time.

    Drat!!

    The 040 is furious & wishes to tear tarmac from Hell to Highwater. I am fortunate in my ability to calm its Furor thru the presentation of tribute & trinkets which will be bestowed upon it during the off season.

    It has been an extremely pleasant driving season in so many ways this year. Oh well...
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    MB Mileage Award

    After an approximate 2 month wait, I recently received my car’s 250,000 km mileage award via Fedex signed home delivery. Upon receipt, I had no idea what was in the box until I opened it. No tell-tale clues that the box was from MB.

    The box contains a cover letter, a hard-cover presentation folder, the mileage certificate, & a very attractive, solidly-made, die-cast 2-piece grille badge.
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    Awesome! Congratulations!


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    Congratulations ! Doesn't Glen get these goodies based on his miler too ?
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    Congrats.Meanwhile your car looks like the odometer was rolled 'forward'.And still the wolf in sheeps clothing

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    Thanks.

    The ice glacier finally receded enough to allow "der Wolf im Schafspelz" out of its lair for the first time this year & stretch its hind legs (I put in some ethanol-free gas & drove @50 miles...just listening to the car. No tunes).

    Driving this car never gets stale.
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    Got the car inspected this morning. Everything A-Ok. The Inspector is an Indy & a 2nd generation mechanic whose Father was a peer of my Father.

    I returned to his Shop a few hours later. He showed me how to use his dynamic wheel balancer. I checked all wheels & rebalanced those which were off. A couple were. It was a fun operation to perform.

    I hooked him up with a Heineken double-deuce for the privilege of the use. Rotated the wheels & then hit the road to feel the results. The previously existing slight vibration at speed disappeared. The car drives superbly once again.

    I took the long way home & hit one of my favorite twisty back roads. All mine. No traffic at all. No music playing...just the sounds of the Car. Effortless acceleration. Ran it between 70 – 100 mph as if I stole It. No critters. Stuck like glue thru the twisties.

    Ran like a Champ.

    Still feeling the Afterglow.

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    P.S. – I was also able to positively confirm that my 500E's occasional rear end “clunk over the bump” noise had nothing to do with any suspension or sphere components.

    It was attributed to the discombobulated spare wheel carrier shell/bucket. No noise at all since making the repair.
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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    Makes me wonder if others are mistaking the same thing for the suspension.

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    When I got mine, it didn't have a spare, so of course I mandated a MB diamond cut wheel at a minimum in 16 inch to be provided and it was. However, the fitment in the trunk area was not as I expected. I too felt that the rattle would be more than I could handle so I used a bit of memory foam that I shrink wrapped in plastic to avoid potential holding of water and that took care of the issue. I suspect a pool noodle (color optional) cut to spec might suffice since it is really out of the way of sight and non-absorbent foam. That might get me a Kent award! And my cover is tight, no issues with broken welds on the plastic.
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    Rear-end clunk caused by faulty rear struts (bushings) is only a matter of time for all owners of .036 models. Its not an "if" question .... it's a "when" question.

    Always seems that the passenger side is the first to go.

    Once the clunk first appears, it rapidly gets worse. One of the more annoying noises that an .036 makes.

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    The driving season is in full swing & I need to somewhat assuage the growing requests for stories of new 500Escapades. Truthfully, I’ve been mostly calm so far…more of a grand tourer enjoying a non-blurred view of the countryside this year. But, I still have the same gut feelings whenever I strap into my car & when the conditions arise…that pedal is still getting floored.

    I’ve been rediscovering awesome driving roads, and the pedal is getting floored when I feel I'm all alone on these roads. The radar detector isn’t rocking off the Richter scale on these roads as the cops choose the more traveled roads to satiate their incessant revenue needs.

    Nothing major to report, but here’s a tidbit from this weekend…

    I’m driving back home from the Lake district. I don’t want to take the same previous route. I vaguely remember a mountainous backroad & (at the last moment) perform a left-hand 160 degree trooper slide at a reversed fork in the road intersection…and up the steep winding hill I go…a big, bad Dodge Ram pickup truck quickly disappearing from my rear view mirror. No one now appears to be on this road except me. I envision this road as my personal mini Mille Miglia as I run parallel to the Lake. The road sweeps & winds, dips & twists…all while steeply rising in altitude.

    I’m now on top. Flying past large farm fields & forest. The views are spectacular. Next time I’ll bring my camera & drive slowly. Maybe even stop for pictures & fresh produce. Not today, though. My adrenaline is cranking. I’m cinched in tight by my seatbelt. My moonroof & front door windows are wide open. The weather is wonderful & the wind is blasting me from the open portals like a boxer’s combination punches. Classic UFO is rocking the sound system. This is a nice long lost road. Decently maintained. This is fun. Just gotta be wary of blind curves with the potential black bear lounging along the tarmac.

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    Eventually, the equally steep descent back into civilization with its civil driving of the speed limit. I slowly cruise 30mph thru a small town I call “Blink of the Eye”. After making a very slight left bend by the local gas station, the road straightens out. It leaves town & goes straight thru cornfields for about 3 miles. A car. I see a car leaving town way out in front of me. I’ve always felt that “Blink of the Eye” unnecessarily extends its 30mph limit a bit too far from its true end of town, so I gradually increase my speed & begin decreasing the distance between myself and that car in front of me.

    Respectfully adhering to that 30mph limit, that driver must be a tourist. I’m getting closer. I’ve got my combo daytime running/fog lights on. The silhouette of my car must have induced a cobra-like trance upon that driver…trying to figure out what the hell I am. The sun is to my back…wasn’t there a memorable Clint Eastwood cowboy movie saying something about keeping the sun to your back?

    Nary a cloud in the sky. The driver’s view of my front grille must be quite blazingly bright. I’ve reeled him in.

    A perplexing characteristic about the road leaving “Blink of the Eye” is its extraordinarily close placement of a 55mph sign to its last 30mph sign. I mean, I can clearly see the 55mph sign from a distance…so I always act accordingly.

    The driver is still mesmerized, scrutinizing the silhouette of my car & doesn’t notice the speed limit sign change. I’m still a little geeked-up from that recent spirited mountain-road ride. Emerging through the sun’s glare I now clearly see his trunk badge. It’s a BMW. Later, pal. WHOOMP! Foot to the floor. BLAST OFF! My shiny grille now takes on the characteristics of a comet as I boldly rocket warp-factor speed past the slack-jawed Bimmer driver and into his Beyond.

    No other traffic. I fly to the end of the straightaway. Music cranking. Wind buffeting my head about. I decelerate, turn off to avoid pesky Summer road repairs & become a good boy once again until I get on the highway where I gallop home at 80mph. One of the cars I pass is a nice looking black W124 Estate.

    Back home & into the garage. Up goes the hood. All systems were Go. What a fun car. What a great day.

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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    I recently completed a 700 mile roundtrip which coincided with the beginning of the best time of the driving season.

    The car ran superbly...I really didn’t want to stop driving it when I got home.

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    But when I did choose to temporarily stop, it was for moments like this...

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    The "First 4-door Porsche" meets the First 4-door Porsche

    I let Junior know I was here first.

    ...Junior is a big Kid, BTW.
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    Very nice pictures!

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    The weather reporter stated that this beautifully sunny & temperate day would be the last one for a while, so consider going outside and making the most of it!

    The weather reporter touted a very solid argument. Today (23Oct2015) was indeed a gorgeous day deep in the Hinterlands.

    Pondering the reality of this statement as I deeply inhaled the delicious smells of autumn from my backporch, I realized I had two choices:


    1. Work inside, doing a monotonously dirty & dusty home interior renovation.
    2. Drive the 500E out on the backroads up in the Hills.


    My decision was easy.

    I took a spirited 2.5 hour power-tour thru the back country roads with the sunroof wide open & the Beatles - Rubber Soul, Revolver & Sgt Pepper playing as background music.

    Good Day Sunshine!

    The Car loved the driving conditions…so did the Driver.

    I also love how velvety-smooth the stealthy 500E accelerates. The Car deceives the driver’s senses…only a view of the speedometer can actually confirm +100mph speeds.

    I had wide open roads like these completely at my disposal.

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    Lots of beautiful sights were seen along the power-tour.

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    This kinda stuff never grows stale.

    Unfortunately, not many days like this day are left in the current driving season.
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    Very nice, as usual.
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    Put some new (to me) shoes on today & went for a stroll...

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    A square set of 17" AMG Aero II Monoblocks; 8.5J, ET30, 5x112
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    Very nice!
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    Nice indeed! You've been riding on that stock setup a good long time. Any noticeable difference in the ride and handling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheward View Post
    You've been riding on that stock setup a good long time. Any noticeable difference in the ride and handling?
    I only went for a short, leisurely (a.k.a "at or below speed limit") local cruise today, so the tires were not properly warmed up, but the wheels do provide a different feel to me. Being an all-season tire, the Pirelli Zero Nero rubber feels harder than the Michelin Pilot rubber that I am accustomed to. Also, this 8.5" setup provides an extra inch of tracking width over the stock 8" setup & with it a bit more road noise, but the sensation of cornering is lots of fun!

    ...most noticeably there is no chrome on the rims whatsoever. That is the feature which will take some time getting used to!

    AMG_Wheels 008.jpg AMG_Wheels 002.jpg

    I fully expected to have the car garaged for the Winter, but there's no snow! I'll keep driving as long as this warm, sunny weather continues & I'll have more info to report back on.
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    Lug bolts seem a bit long, Derf, no?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bing View Post
    Lug bolts seem a bit long, Derf, no?
    Proving once again that nothing eludes your eagle eyes, Bing. Yes, I did a temporary quick changeover using my existing lugs & centercaps. My shorter lugs are stored away somewhere...somewhere else than where I thought they were.

    I've got all winter to find them.

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    Finally, I now have the two sets of rims that I sought for this car.


    • A refurbished set of painted stock 16x8 500E rims to complement the original unmolested painted spare in the trunk. I bought these last year & will eventually transfer the Michelins over from my chromed 500E rims.


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    • The recently purchased refurbished set of 17x8.5 AMG Monoblocks. I will eventually buy one more of these rims for a complete set of 5. Gotta have a spare!


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    I thank the Board members who assisted in my decision-making process, Those who posted these items for sale…and the rest of the Board for not buying them before I did!


    PS: No rejoicing out there...I am in no way becoming a wheel whore. This is a one & done activity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerFuror View Post
    I've got all winter to find them.
    I found the lugbolts strashed away in one of my parts honey-holes, Bing, so all is good.

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    It also seems Winter is on hold until further notice. It’s going to be an unprecedented week in the 60s F (15.5 C) here in the Hinterlands. Looks like I'll still have a good bit of quality road time before hibernation. Time to ride on.
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    Been hibernating since January with its delivery of a mediocre winter, but looking forward to Springtime & this upcoming driving Season with clean roads & more inexpensive gasoline!

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    Looks beautiful. I plan to drive mine to the office tomorrow.

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    While seeking the shorter lugbolts, I rediscovered a new set of lugbolt covers from Otis Inc LA stashed on my parts shelf for almost 7 years & have finally put them to work providing a nice finishing touch to the refurbished Monoblocks.

    The covers fit securely to the stock lugbolt heads & provide a bit of passive wheel security because it takes a special tool & some effort to remove them all.
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    Ahhh…the smell of chlorinated brake cleaner in the morning!

    I’ve had the parts stocked for quite some time, but today was the day I finally began addressing my current deferred/proactive (which unfortunately aren’t self-cancelling) back-burner maintenance list items.

    I’m focusing on the sources of any niggling fluid leaks. My primary focus is the power steering pump reservoir short hose which certainly appears to be the main culprit. The hose has been changed under previous ownership, but now it is my turn.

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    During the dismantling procedure I discovered three E10 torx bolts & one 5mm allen bolt holding the reservoir on its bracket (kinda made me wonder what the fate of the original 4th torx bolt was). A replacement torx bolt will be added to my parts order list to correct this situation.

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    I’m pleased to verify that the LUK power steering pump & the steering box pitman arm shaft seal are not leaking. I still need to verify the cam solenoid.

    I also believe the valve cover gaskets are leak sources. New MB gasket kits are on order. I will then install my metal cam oiler tubes, starting with the driver side. The plastic oiler closest to the fire wall voices the “tick-tick-tick” of a blown cap. Spark plugs will get changed & upper timing chain guides will also be inspected & most likely replaced.

    The poly v-belt still looks quite good but will be replaced because of its age. The old will be kept as a backup spare. My ML55 150A Bosch alternator will be installed. A new voltage regulator is on order. The old VR is still decent & will be kept as a backup spare.

    My upper harness has been PO replaced, but while inspecting the alternator connections, it appears that the lower harness has not. The smaller diameter wires’ insulation is looking unhealthy. A replacement harness will be ordered & the source of oil leak on this side of the block will be remedied.

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    The driver side distributor cap & rotor look OK with normal wear, but will most likely be replaced because they are over 5 years old. One of the cap mounting bolts will be replaced because its socket is a bit sloppy & I remember other members' horror stories of rounded off sockets...not gonna happen here! Naturally, this particular bolt resided in the most difficult to access location. I was able to remove it without much difficulty using my long reach 5mm Allen socket on 3/8" ratchet.

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    Looking forward to finally taking care of these jobs & making the driving experience even more pleasurable than it already is!
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    Derf - we are working the same angles
    In different order. I am doing the lower harness first, then the short ps hose, belt r/r and finally the oil level sender.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nocfn View Post
    ... I am doing the lower harness first, ...
    I've added additional info to the Lower Harness HOW-TO you may not have seen yet.

    My lower harness condition was a recent discovery made while underneath visualizing my alternator replacement plan of attack. I'm glad it hasn't caused any problems up to this point.

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    It's replacement falls right in line with the upgraded alternator & new v-belt installation.

    The PS short hose has been bugging me pretty much since day one. That one oil tube has been a close 2nd. Looking forward to crossing them all off the list & liberating their storage space.
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    Re: Ahhh…the smell of chlorinated brake cleaner in the morning!

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    ... I still need to verify the cam solenoid.
    Cam solenoid is dry. I'm leaving it alone & moving on.

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    I continued today with general cleaning, inspection & prepping for Reservoir reinstallation. The smell of Victory costs $2.69 a can this week!

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    I laid out the necessary parts.

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    The old gasket got removed from reservoir. Gasket residue was carefully scraped off with the type of razor used to remove vehicle inspection stickers. The reservoir got another thorough blasting with Brakleen.

    The gasket mating surface got a final wipe down with acetone & blown dry with compressed air. I tested both sides of the gasket to see which side aligned best with the reservoir features. A few dabs of Permatex were then used to hold the gasket in place.

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    After removing the old short hose, but prior to blasting & brushing any grime from the area, I pipe-plugged the Pump nipple to keep any crap out. After removing the old crush ring I used a nylon pick to scrape some fastidious residue out of the crush ring seat seat & threads of the reservoir base.

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    I did some trial & error regarding the length of the replacement short hose. I ended up straightening the old hose in a vice, measuring it, then cutting a similar length of 8 cm from new hose. My car sports the LUK pump. The nipple was exceedingly difficult to align & insert into shorter length hose.

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    I considered using Permatex sealant on both nipples as a deterrent to future leaking, but opted out because of minimal operating space & not wanting to make a gooey mess fiddling around with it (maybe next time). With clamps on hose, I inserted the hose over the pump nipple after removing its temporary pipe plug. I then used a strong wire to hook around the top of the hose to pull it into alignment with the nipple hole. Nipple insertion went very well using this method.

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    I also used a mirror as an installation aid. You can see both the above & below decks installation activity.

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    That's it for today. I need to get a replacement torx bolt for mounting the reservoir to its base. I'll finalize a parts list for current needs & send it out.
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    Distributor Cap Mounting Bolts

    Quote Originally Posted by DerFuror View Post
    ...One of the cap mounting bolts will be replaced because its socket is a bit sloppy & I remember other members' horror stories of rounded off sockets...not gonna happen here!
    This is now a non-issue. I just verified that new mounting bolts are included with the new distributor cap. All good.
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    Alternator Removal

    I removed the alternator today. I used FSM 15-5032 for reference, but came up with what I believe is a better, time-savingly, less involved method of accomplishment which does not require disconnecting the transmission line union nor sway bar brackets (what a beat-down that would be!).

    A HOW-TO is in the works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DerFuror View Post
    I've added additional info to the Lower Harness HOW-TO you may not have seen yet.

    My lower harness condition was a recent discovery made while underneath visualizing my alternator replacement plan of attack. I'm glad it hasn't caused any problems up to this point.

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    It's replacement falls right in line with the upgraded alternator & new v-belt installation.

    The PS short hose has been bugging me pretty much since day one. That one oil tube has been a close 2nd. Looking forward to crossing them all off the list & liberating their storage space.
    The picture looks like (could be just the flash) the pressure hose may be weeping sls fluid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nocfn View Post
    The picture looks like (could be just the flash) the pressure hose may be weeping sls fluid.
    Pretty sure that's all engine oil... no way to tell for sure without cleaning up all the oil so everything is totally dry, then driving the car until you can determine the source.


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    Quote Originally Posted by nocfn View Post
    The picture looks like (could be just the flash) the pressure hose may be weeping sls fluid.
    The flash does make things look so much worse than reality. SLS hose is fine. It all appears to be engine oil weeping down from above (I'm betting primarily on the oil level sensor oring & perhaps the valve cover gasket to a certain extent).

    I'll find out soon enough. The remaining grime is all getting scrubbed clean today. Off to get more Brakleen!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerFuror View Post
    The flash does make things look so much worse than reality. SLS hose is fine. It all appears to be engine oil weeping down from above (I'm betting primarily on the oil level sensor oring & perhaps the valve cover gasket to a certain extent).
    Oil level sensor is a common leaker. Also, if you don't pack rags or paper towels between the oil filter housing & frame rail when replacing the filter, oil dribbles down the outside of the filter housing, making a nice mess below (which you may never see, if you use a TopSider!). Valve cover gaskets are NOT a common leak if they are OE, installed & tightened properly. On almost all of my cars, oil leaks from high above have ended up from the cam solenoid area... which can be one of 3 different things on the solenoid (sealing surface, body halves, or electrical connector). The airflow from the engine fan moves oil around, so don't rule out sources like the front crank seal, timing cover to block junction, and main/upper oil pan gasket.

    The only way to find out is clean everything bone dry, EVERYWHERE, and then check it repeatedly (like, after each day you drive the car) to pinpoint the source(s). Paper towel diapers can help as well when placed in appropriate locations.


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    Power Steering Short Hose Replacement Update

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    ...I need to get a replacement torx bolt for mounting the reservoir to its base. I'll finalize a parts list for current needs & send it out.
    To paraphrase the Stones, "You can't always get what you want, but you get what you need". An anticlimactic wait provided me what I needed to finish off the Power Steering Short Hose Replacement job.

    Afterward, I started removing components for the driver side Cam Oiler Tube Replacement job. I discovered two loose valve cover bolts which may have been minor engine oil leak contributors (I'll have a better view of any evidence once the cover comes off).

    After a recent beautiful stretch of warm weather, there has been a drastic temperature drop accompanied by four inches of snow. Neither I, the birds or the flowers are happy about this at all. The garage is now cold. I've opted to wait until tomorrow when I will use a hot air gun to warm up the breather hose for safer & easier removal from the cover. The hoses aren't old, but I'm not taking any chances applying force to them when cold. The cover will then be removed & I'll start replacing the oiler tubes.

    New spark plugs (gapped to 1mm) have been installed. I tested the old plugs. They are about 7 years old, still in very decent shape & still provided very good spark. Gaps were slightly over 1mm.

    Tomorrow I should be receiving the new rotors & voltage regulator. The left distributor cap & rotor job will be completed & the 150A alternator will be ready for installation.
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    New Rotors & Voltage Regulator

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    Tomorrow I should be receiving the new rotors & voltage regulator. The left distributor cap & rotor job will be completed & the 150A alternator will be ready for installation.
    UPS doesn’t disappoint. The parts arrived during lunch break.

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    The snow is melting & I’m also happy to see that new fasteners are also included with the rotors. Both the caps & rotors will be Bremi this time around. I’ll let you know how they perform as time goes by...

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    ...and the Cat is happy to have a new box of packing paper to nest in!

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    Camshaft Cover Removed

    Quote Originally Posted by DerFuror View Post
    ...I've opted to wait until tomorrow when I will use a hot air gun to warm up the breather hose for safer & easier removal from the cover. The hoses aren't old, but I'm not taking any chances applying force to them when cold. The cover will then be removed & I'll start replacing the oiler tubes.
    I warmed up the area where the hose clamps to the cover bib. The hose came off easily by hand.

    I used the wobbly 5mm plus 14 inches of ¼” drive extensions adapted onto a 3/8” drive ratchet to remove the "slightly less infamous" lower right corner cover bolt (with the help of a telescoping magnet).

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    The lower right cover portion put up a bit of a removal fight. I had to disconnect both fuel lines terminating at the FPR area to provide the necessary clearance to get the cover free and expose the plastic oiler tubes.

    I’m real happy to see how nice the internals appear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DerFuror View Post
    ...I started removing components for the driver side Cam Oiler Tube Replacement job. I discovered two loose valve cover bolts which may have been minor engine oil leak contributors (I'll have a better view of any evidence once the cover comes off).
    With cover removal, I found evidence of the suspected oil leak on & around the edge of the lower right corner of the head & cover.

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    The underside of the cover (especially the timing chain area) shows evidence of the car’s dino oil days. I run synthetic. The cover will get a thorough cleaning & will never look this way again.

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    The stethoscope's indication held true. The next to last oiler has a popped cap.

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    The cleaned aluminum tubes with new o-rings are ready to go in & will eliminate the dreaded “TICK-Tick-tick” forever.

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    So far so good
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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    Thank you, Kind Sir. Please take some detailed photos of the popped-cap oiler tube. It would be good to get some documentation for the forum of what that looks like.

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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    How did the timing chain guides look?
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