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September 8th, 2012

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07:17 pm - Car stuff!
Today I replaced the rear sway bar* end links on the Mercedes. These are well-known among Mercedes owners for making a distinctive and really irritating rattle going over bumps when they get play in them, and these had a lot of play. The right one was, I think, original to the car; the left one was a replacement. Why someone chose to only replace one, I don't know; they're only $10 each and about the easiest part to replace on the whole car. Just another one of those puzzles.

Tire wear is much improved since I replaced the rear subframe mount. The rear tires are no longer wearing rapidly on the inner edges. The previous owner had warned me this car "ate rear tires" and, looking at his receipts, he replaced them repeatedly; apparently none of the tire shops ever wondered why the rear alignment was so out of whack, or thought to notice the bent mount throwing everything out of line.

I also finally fixed the windshield washers, which had been an irritation for a while. The check valve had disintegrated and the pieces had clogged the nozzles. New nozzles were cheap enough that the most sensible thing was just to replace both of them and the check valve, together.

* For any Brits reading: "anti-roll bar"

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Date:September 10th, 2012 01:22 am (UTC)
Blew out a water pump - When I went to replace it, parts started crumbling - two more parts orders later, replaced something like $200 or so of parts (Pump, fan clutch, belts, Oil seperator, valley pan and gaskets, valve cover gaskets, etc, etc... ) - Ugh.

... How many cars do you have around at this point?
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Date:September 10th, 2012 03:55 am (UTC)
Only two -- an '81 Mercedes 300TD and a '94 Honda Civic Del Sol.

Sounds a bit like my timing belt job on the Civic, except in that case it was intentional -- it's a good three hours of disassembly to get to the point where I could access the timing belt, tensioner, and water pump, so I figured I was darn well going to replace them all while I was in there.
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