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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Sedan, Wagon
#215 of 1173 Mercedes E320 Steering Problem by dchute
Jul 23, 2003 (9:21 pm)
Re your chronic steering rack/system problem, this goes back to 1996. I have a '96 E and after numerous complaints of loud noises and stiff steering, MB dealer finally replaced rack, bushings, pwr steering pump, etc., etc. This is similar to the chronic rear and front light bulb assemblies that continued on from '96 through '98-'99 model years. Unless you make the dealer aware that YOU are aware of the TSDBs, they will continue to band-aid the problems than properly fix the problems once and for all.
#216 of 1173 Mercedes steering problem ralphb3
Aug 01, 2003 (9:05 am)
I'm not sure that there is a TSB on this problem. The dealer has told us there is but I would sure like to see it. Alldata does not list any TSB for the 2000 E Class regarding the steering. Electrical problems yes, but not the steering. Plus we are going on the 4th rack, pump,bushing, etc. package in 3 years. I have other friends with 2000 E CLass cars and they have had no such problems. No one in this discussion has talked about this problem either, only the cronic electrical problems. I would think if this was such a "cronic" PROBLEM YOU ALL WOULD BE CHATTING ABOUT IT1
#217 of 1173 E 320 Engine Conk Out - what next?
Aug 02, 2003 (4:58 pm)
My previous car was a '83 MB 300SD with 300,000 miles on it. I replaced in in 1999 for a '98 E-320. I have already spent more money on repairs that the entire 18 years that I owned 330SD. Newer is NOT better. Now my engine is dying while I idle on a warm day. Nothing more humiliating than to have a conked-out E-320 in the middle of a crosswalk. Folks must really had a treat to watch this old fart pushing a silver MB in his Allen-Edmunds and a tie....sheesh.After replacing the rear window motor, water pump, electrical system, and air conditioning condenser, I think I better try a Lexus - after I spend another $700.00+ or so to fix my current problem. "ain't what it used to be" - that's for sure.
#218 of 1173 ...But WHICH lifter???
Aug 07, 2003 (6:17 am)
I have a 1995 E 320 with the reputedly "bulletproof" M104 engine and about 85,000 miles on the clock. Last weekend it very suddenly started sounding like a diesel. I took it to my local Benz guy and everyone agrees I have a hydraulic lifter that is not pumping up. A very rare problem for this engine, from what I hear.
The problem is trying to figure out *which* lifter has the problem. I can replace *all* of them, but remember this is a 24-valve engine, hence 24 lifters at around $50 each. And my technician reminds me that one of the camshafts has the variable timing mechanism making it a much more expensive proposition to remove and replace. If we were sure that the bad lifter was under the other camshaft, even it we could just isolate it to that side, it will be a much easier job.
He took off the valve cover and checked the clearance under each cam, and pressed down on each lifter to see if one sank faster than the others. All 24 of them behave exactly the same.
Does anyone out there have any interesting tricks for identifying which lifter is ticking, at least narrowing it down to either the intake or the exhaust bank?
#219 of 1173 Try a couple of things.
Aug 07, 2003 (11:29 am)
Make sure that a correct fresh oil filter is being used and all its associated o-rings are in place. Try out an engine oil flush and run the engine on Mobil1 0w-30 oil for a few hundred miles. If that doesn't cure it, use a mechanics stethoscope on a cold engine start to localize the noise to at least the cylinder whoe lifter(s) may be noisy. Good Luck.
Aug 13, 2003 (6:52 pm)
Aroundthebenz, re: your lifter problem. Because cams and lifter wear in together, don't you have to change the camshaft when you change lifters? (Or is that just on solid lifters?).
In any case, rather than going for $1200 worth of new lifters, just get them reconditioned. There may be even people out there that stock rebuilt-exchange lifters for sale. The benefit here is you get a fixed price and instant shipment. While you track that down (maybe even calling the Automotive Engine Rebuilders Association in the Chicago area for some names), with your savings maybe you should check into some reground cams?
#222 of 1173 BRAKE DUST PROBLEM
Aug 15, 2003 (9:44 am)
I have a problem with 99' E-320. It gets very dirty with brake pad dust. Thinking of installing "KLeen Wheels" brake dust shield. Any advises is appreciated.
#223 of 1173 Are the Kleen Wheels
Aug 15, 2003 (1:56 pm)
brake dust shields, metal or plastic shields that hold dust in away from the wheels? If so, you're "danged if ya do, danged if ya don't". These shields can decrease ventilation of the brake pads and cause heat build up which, among other things, interfere with the operation of the brakes. What do others know or think about them?
Aug 16, 2003 (7:22 am)
They worked well on my Riviera until the first heavy braking effort from high speed. Warped a rotor, and I can guarantee the lug nuts were torqued to spec.