1988 300e...Any shortcuts (read: "cheap") ways to fix this breakage?
Mine broke about a week ago...I have the hose clamped on the remaining
1/2" or so of neck but realize this isn't exactly a long term
solution. Is there a way for a rad shop to fix this without having to
get a whole new radiator? Can't believe these damn things are plastic!
Oh well, any advice is appreciated. I'm in the Twin Cities area of MN
in case anyone has a favorite place. Thanks!
I had the same problem on my 87 300D. At first I didn't even notice the
break -- just thought the hose popped off. A week later, the hose blew off
while I was merging in traffic and helped me loose control and get into a
bit of a spin.
Get a new radiator. I paid $500 for a new Behr (never go Nissen) installed,
which has a metal-reinforced neck.
Reseda Radiator offer reconditioned Behr radiators with new plastic sides for
Easy to replace the rad yourself, & make sure to replace all your hoses at the
same time - after all these are old & wil be the next to go. Better to spend a
few $s on these than $800 plus labour ($1200+) for a replacement head.
Find a pipe (plumbing copper or brass ) that will go inside the the neck of
both existing and broken neck. Clean it really good and use JB WELD (do not
use the quick JB WELD, only regular one and wait 24 hrs before use of the
radiator) , it should last for a long time.
Good luck and let us know
There is no way to fix it but all new, Behr o.e. radiators come with
reinforced necks. They can be had with full lifetime warranty for a lot less
than the dealer charges. CarRadiator.com sells authentic Behr, o.e.
radiators for $269! Call 800-228-8068 ext249 and tell Nate you want a Behr
radiator and no other kind (Nissens). P.
The neck on a Mercedes radiator doesn't usually break unless someon not
familiar with it overtightend the hose clamp. Many owners deliberately use
an American style, wide, stainless clamp to more evenly distribute the
tightness. When replacing the original Behr radiator, note that the new Behr
radiators have a reinforced neck. Avoid Nissen aftermarket radiators for MB.
You can get an o.e. Behr radiator with a lifetime warranty greatly
discounted from carradiator.com, 800-228-8068 ext. 249 (Nate). I was quoted
$269 formy 124 body. P.
That is ABSOLUTELY incorrect. It is quite common that any time after 10 years
of age, the plastic neck literally falls off at the stress point under the
clamp. It is obvious that most of the time this clamp has NEVER been touched.
I say this from the viewpoint of a shop owner and dealer who writes 5,000
repair orders a year on Mercedes cars.
425 White Horse Pike
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