So my latest problem from my High Quality S Klass is that the little
yellow radiator fluid lite came on Sunday just after leaving the
trailer under the bridge. Started watching temp guage and it started
going up so I did a U turn in the middle of the street and took it back
to the trailer pad. After the steam went away and it cooled down I
looked in behind the engine and in front of the fire wall where some
fluid had been spurting out and splashing on the little plastic covers
hiding the hamsters in their wheels or what ever they hide. There was
this broken thingy. Turns out it is a plastic T that is NOT made of
metal. Guess that way it can break easier and cause engine melt down
which increases driver satisfaction or some such emotion. Now I sit
here and contemplate putting 100K + into a new version of this that has
an automatic driver feature and I just sort of get all choked up! That
ole Jayde Powers gal whut duz them surveys iz sure rite on the mark!
Question - think I should have them replace all the hoses and the H2O
pump while they have it there? Pump probably did run on air for a block
mcbrue fluidlessly under the bridge in the trailer down by the river
Nah! Just replace the plastic junk -- oops -- highly engineered,
The warning light did its job and you did yours, so no damage resulted -
coolant was still squirting, not smoke billowing!
Another M-B adventure.
5 Years is a bit conservative in my opinion, but it's true that these
Usually a physical inspection of the hoses will tell you if they are
toast. If they feel soft and squishy, replace them.
Also, Tigers point about gambling is true, but it's always gambling
from my point of view ;~)
Thanks! Think it is best to just go ahead and replace the 10 year old
hoses on this 96. They do sort of feel soft and squishy. The shop is
doing that and whatever else they can find that needs to be done so I
don't need to worrry about taking a long road trip with it. The recent
British stuff has changed our minds about a trip to Italy, so a road
trip is in order around the western states we now think. Hence,
updating hoses and whatnots. Them ole boys at smiley sams iz doin tha
wurk, not Heavy Carl's stealership. Seems that the motor mounts have
stopped mounting the motor. Tha boyz in tha bak does not have that
problem of course!
mcbrue hosedly under the bridge in the trailer down by the river
I always did my hoses at ~ 100k on the Landcruiser, with all belts at ~25k.
Only had one hose go south in 400k, and that was one that I just didn't see. I
wondered what that extra little hose was! However, the Landcruiser saw a ton
of work above 12,000' MSL, so I could not afford to have one go bad. I did
travel with a full set, plus anti-freeze, but some of those buggers were tough
to get to, without the Snap-ons, especially on top of the world.
On things MB, I have yet to have a car long enough to change the hoses, but
have yet to have one go bad. I guess that is what I get letting my wife lease
MB's and get a new one every 5 years. Of course, I have just jinxed myself and
a hose will blow at 15k and I'll never hear the end of it.
At 100k, I think you are wise to just change out the bunch. Judging from my
experience (thought not with MB), it's the ONE that you do not replace, that
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