Leaking Cylinder Head Seal

Bad Surprise. Not so good news!

As it turns out, my Mercedes is still leaking a bit of oil. Not as much as it used to be.
There is still oil in the spot I was always suspicious about if it was oil from the seal blowing in that spot by the airflow when driving or if it came from somewhere else.

As the new seal is in place and still dry, my suspicion seems to be true. The cylinder head seal is leaking oil at cylinder 6. After a bit of searching the internet, turns out, that this is not so uncommon. The good thing is, it is nearly at the end of the driving season 2016. My Mercedes will be soon in winter storage. Time to plan the big repair.

That's it for now.

Talk to you soon.


New Oil Pan Seal

The long waiting periode is over.
With 189.738km my Mercedes got a new oil pan seal.
After 2 days the new seal is in place. The replacement went well, except one little surprise which I managed with the help of a friend.
To my surprise one allen bolt was already round up inside. Using a torx bit with a slightly wider size didn't do the trick. The bolt was really stubborn. A good vise grip plier and the wider torx with good muscle power got the bolt finally loose. After that, all went as planned.

A detailed desription of the work can be found here.

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Adding Cruise Control

The only addition to my Mercedes-Benz as original ordered - Cruise Control - a must-have in Canada. Why a must-have you may ask? Take only a look at our endless empty highways and you will soon realize how this comes in handy.
Not only that, it makes the long hour drives more comfortable after all.

Inspired by Others and knowing that this addition was a "plug-and-play" installation the decision process was a no-brainer and the parts needed were ordered quickly. The cruise control arm, one rubber plug, one new screw and the fitting cover for the steering wheel column. After 2 hours the cruise control was installed.

The installation ended with a positive test drive.

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New Fuel Filter

With warm and sunny weather today, it was a perfect day to change the fuel filter on my Mercedes-Benz 300SE. Fuel related work requires a good ventilated work environment and workin in an open garage by such good weather is a pleasent undertaking.

After 2 hours of relaxing work, my Mercedes-Benz was running with a frsh new fuel filter.
How this is done ? Just take a look at my detailed step by step description. Enjoy.

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New Spark Plugs

The 300er Mercedes Benz got new spark plugs.

After 14000km it was time for a new set of fresh spark plugs.
As the current ones are Beru 14K 7DUO (non-resistor plugs), and those did a great job and kept the machine running smooth, I decided to get the same again. But finding those plain and simple ones, was a bit of a challange, as those are not common any more.
Seaching for days, I finally bit the bullet and checked with people in Germany. Some emails and 2 sets were on it's way to Canada.

Having still the old cable set with resistors in the connectors, I didn't want to run the newer plugs which have resistors build in and which were readily available.

30 minutes later, the easy and relaxing job was finished. Placing the cable set nicely into the holder, starting the car, all is set for the 2016 season.

And as you can see on the image to the right, all plugs are burning correctly. The colour is light grey which indicates an optimal result. The air/fuel mixture is set properly.
Click the image for the full size image which gives a better view.

Talk to you soon