Start into Season 2018


After a long wait of more than 6 month I was able to start my 300SE today.
With 195.775km on the odometer to start in the 2018 season, the 200.000km mark will be propably broken this year.

With this kind of a car, build for long trips, the saying "You have to make miles" will be especially true.

Talk to you soon.



New CO2 sensor

As my Mercedes Benz still had the original CO2 sensor installed and with a milage of nearly 200.000km, it was time to remove it and install a new one. The normal life expectancy is between 100.000km and 120.000km. As the sensor is installed for so long in the exhaust pipe and very often rusty and baked with the pipe togother, it is very tricky to get it loose. Sometimes it is so bad, that not even heating up will get the bugger out. The only option is then to install a new piece of exhaust pipe to be bale to install a new sensor.
If you are interested about the installation, take a look here.




A New Hood Pad

My Mercedes-Benz got a nice fresh-up under the hood.

After sitting now for nearly 2-1/2 years in some corner, the MB original hood pad with the famous waffle design is now in it's rightful place; under the hood.
Knowing that those original pads, as waffle design and no aluminum heat shield, were close to not available anymore, I contacted my parts dealer. After a few email contacts it became clear that this was the last one available in Canada. Lucky Me!
How I did install the hood pad? Check it out here.

Talk to you soon.



Ignition Coil Replacement

My Mercedes-Benz did not have a strong spark anymore. This was a sign to replace the ignition coil with a new one.
This is an easy and quite straight forward process. If you like a peak? Go here.

Talk to you soon.



Project Cylinder Head Seal

The biggest project ever done to my Mercedes-Benz W126 300SE.

Since 3 years I am noticing a slight oil film at the end of the motor, just in front of the transmission bell. Checking more closely it seemed that the oil leak is caused by a defect cylinderhead seal. Not sure if this was the real cause I decided to read up on it. After some reading it became clear to me that in fact the cylinderhead seal could be the culprit. Especially given the fact, that it  seems to be a common cause at the 6th cylinder, like in my case too.

After studying the WIS  and reading some tutorials on the internet, I decided to start the job myself. 
In addition to the replacement of the seal, it was a good time to replace the radiator and the timing chain as well.
Gathering all the needed parts and tools was now the next priority.

As working in the motor compartment for a longer time is hard on a person's back, I decided to drive up the car on my lower ramp during this work.
You can follow along my work on the pages of this article.

Talk to you soon.