Anyone had experience replacing leaking vacuum door actuators on an '81 240D
with those from a wrecked vehicle? Have a bad one and know these are not the
"rebuildable" type. Have access to a salvage vehicle and wondering if it's
worth the effort to replace with used rather than new. Cost difference is
considerable when looking at the new item price of $30 to $48, plus
shipping, of a new one. MB part number is 123 800 33 75.
BTDT...... not work the hassle of doing it twice right away. Unless the USED ones
were put in very very recently, they are USED and probably 25+ years OLD!
Buy NEW ones, save time and you save money. Unless you do not value your time.
Only takes 15-20 minutes to change a vacuum actuator and thought the
difference between $5 for a used one and $32-$46 for a new one might get me
by for a year or two. Just wondering if anyone had actually gone through
this. I too can speculate about used vs new but wondered if anyone had
actually installed a used one and what their experience was.
What part of 'the hassle of doing it twice right away' don't you grasp???
Yeah, the USED ones FAILED right away.
Your car, your labor, your money, your choice.
Are you trolling for the answer you want to hear? You asked a question, I gave
you an answer.
If the only answer you want to read is 'sure use the $5 USED crap' then you
should never have asked.
Jeez Karl, relax! Didn't get any for a couple of months? Simple answers
sometimes only work for simpletons. I dig a little deeper than most
mechanics because I want to know W-H-Y. I have a habit of getting a lot more
out of cars than most people having been a mechanic since the early 50s and
taught the same for Armed Forces Institute of Technology. There is always a
reason something fails in the automotive field. Sometimes the reason can be
circumvented. Never pay for something if there is a more intelligent
solution. I've found the reason most of these vacuum actuators fail is
because of the stem seal. In a pinch this can be temporarily fixed with a
very light application of true GE silicone seal. Ever repaired a cracked
motorcycle crankcase on a desert run with JB Weld?
Good luck at the Nuzzle Up Bar tonight. Remember, they all get better
looking at closing time.
The two I just replaced, one on my 240D and one on my wife's 300D both had
small cracks in the shaft seal. Both diaphrams were good since the bottom
chambers both held 25 inches of vacuum. Go figure.
Place in San Diego, CA, called Inter Auto Parts. Just got four of them in
today at a total of less than $100 delivered! They have twice a day delivery
in north San Diego county. Let me know if you need some and I'll get them
for you at a very small handling charge. Are you in CA? If not there is no
sales tax and the Priority Mail delivery charge is only $3.85 for at least
two of them.
Don't need them right now but thought if the company had a web site then it
would be easy to bookmark. And because Murphy's Law Enforcement Gremlins are
always watching, it is easy to foresee that at least one of mine will go out
as soon as I loose track of this thread.
In the back yard, expectantly under the oak.
Came across your thread via Google. Addy for mentioned actuators is:
Inter Auto Parts Warehouse
5060 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111
Pleased owner (as of 14 Jan 05) of '82 300D w/143K ;)
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