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230GE - 240GD - Now 300GD

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#21
Personally I think that if you can make them from a harder plastic it would be easy and better. As far as I know the new G300's rubber parts are a lot more plastic, or its harder than the old rubber, but I might be mistaken.

For reinforcement: Those galvanised roof-building hoops would work quite well to add a little stiffness, I'm just not sure if the size isn't too weak, but otherwise I wouldn't worry about the steel sticking out at the ends, just don't make it that long, it doesn't have to run all the way through. I believe the function of the steel is to support and stiffen the rails, not to ad structural strength against impacts.
 

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Fitted a new wiper mechanism yesterday, and was less tricky than I was expecting. Some tips if somebody is planning this exerise:

1: Remove glove box
2: Remove panel under indicator in dash
3: Remove heat vent inside glove box compartment. (pic 1 A)
4: Remove nut that secures mechanism to motor. (pic 1, B)
5: I removed the motor now, although suspect you may not need to.
6: Undo wipers and securing nuts outside.
7: pry/pull mechanism out toward glovebox and remove at passenger footwell
8: Put back the same way you took out.

After fitting new mechanism I realised there was nothing wrong with the old one :oops: . Just the parts that the wipers attach to are buggered.
 

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460LeoG

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#23
I do like simplicity!

Old trick for removing metal is to drown it in Jik for a few days. Iron rusts out. Heating speeds up the process a bit. The more metal exposed the better. (just a thought though dont think it'l work best here. Will try it with one of the buggered ones)
Dont drown it in jik!
Rubber seems to have some form of content that gets eaten by jik.:(
This worked for removing stuck drill bits from non-ferrous metal
 

460LeoG

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Found that my G turns sharper circle to the right than it does left.

Also found fuse box not attached to anything, just put in place propped under dash (maybe why my fuel guage and temperature is all over the place)

Loads more to do:roll:
 

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Found that my G turns sharper circle to the right than it does left.

Also found fuse box not attached to anything, just put in place propped under dash (maybe why my fuel guage and temperature is all over the place)

Loads more to do:roll:
Just speak to Doug re temp gauge , he pulled a new wire through from the sender unit to the gauge and it solved his problem I think , also fuel gauge you may have to clean the sender unit in the tank , I have a socket to remove sender unit if you need to
 

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Thanks Greg, let me secure the fusebox some time and see if that does anything to help. Just discovered it is completely loose when fitting cover... Both guages gave me correct readings but intermittantly drops, then rises. Not a major thing I think.
 

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Hmmph..

3 days to roadtrip and no license ...:shock:

Failed roadworthy retest today. Ball joints/ tie rods got the blame, however went home and checked with crowbar. No movement any direction.
Going to give the test guy an earfull tomorrow or just play dumb and ask him to show me the movement again on his fancy machine.

Think he saw his old spraypaint and just failed it saying it is moving same way it was before injecting.

Grrrrr!
 

460LeoG

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Running great thanks! :grin: Still stuff to sort but cruised nicely to Stellenbosch Mercedes for a part, from there to Montague Gardens Mercedes for another 2 parts.

Looked up parts at Cape Town Mercedes at 3:45, drive and buying and back in Town at 5:15. Dont know what everybody is on about 300d being slow. :roll:
 

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Not this time, and not towed with the tazz either!:razz:

Miraculously from yesterday to today on roadworthy's machine there is no movement on the joints. Suppose Santas elves came in the night and fixed them...

Still failed on one brake... :mad:
 

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Jup, one that was leaking. Had it repaired. Maybe there is residual oil on it or still some air. Braking half the force of other side. Cant feel it when braking but the machine says so...
 

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Jup, one that was leaking. Had it repaired. Maybe there is residual oil on it or still some air. Braking half the force of other side. Cant feel it when braking but the machine says so...
Have you tried washing it off with water if its brake fluid , bleeding and adjusting the brakes ?
 

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This was tested this morning, no havnt scratched yet... Been all over the show and getting no place.

I've decided to do something more important now and go empty the back of the G of all the aircon parts, tools etc. Wash it and fit some cosmetics back that I pulled off!

Water? Wouldnt have thought of that. Buddy of mine uses petrol. Dont think traffic dept is open monday...
 

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This was tested this morning, no havnt scratched yet... Been all over the show and getting no place.

I've decided to do something more important now and go empty the back of the G of all the aircon parts, tools etc. Wash it and fit some cosmetics back that I pulled off!

Water? Wouldnt have thought of that. Buddy of mine uses petrol. Dont think traffic dept is open monday...
always wash break fluid down with water
 

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#39
The manual says to bleed from furthest to closest to the master. The furthest is back right in pipe distance NOT back left as logic suggests.

Remove the load compensating valve lever and cable tie it max up and then bleed.

Chock whole car, jack the offending wheel up, idle engine, engage gear, press brake and release clutch and try to stall the engine. No stall - no pass.

Be careful it can jump off the jack but the principle is that the wheel with lowest traction / load is the one the diff will send power to.
 

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Thanks for the tip! Will come in handy rather soon..

Had the hub off last night and full of old fluid. Rinsed and wiped everything good and proper.

Managed to get a pass after that at the last minute and license just before traffic dept closing... Reckon proper bleeding will have it working better than within limit.

Tomorrow, packing G and first trip since buying first G years ago.

(still want that one back... Was named "Bliksem" because of a lot of: "Komaan jou bliksem, start!" Better half with encouragement came up with the name.)

Next thing I do will be to finally change the guy on the horse.

Thanks for all the help!