Mercedes Benz Technical Companion

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Since 1956, informed Mercedes-Benz owners have relied upon The Star, the magazine of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, for advice about maintenance, service and repair of their cars. Bentley Publishers has collected some of the best of these do-it-yourself articles and tech tips into the Mercedes-Benz Technical Companion. No matter which Mercedes-Benz model you drive or desire, this compilation will serve as a valuable technical reference to help you understand and care for your Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz models covered:
● 190D, 190E, 190SL
● 220D, 220S, 220SE
● 230, 230S, 230SL
● 240D
● 250, 250S, 250SE, 250SL
● 280E, 280CE, 280S, 280SE, 280SEL, 280SL
● 300CD, 300CE, 300D, 300E, 300SD, 300SDL, 300SE, 300SEL, 300TD, 300TE, 350SD, 350SL
● 400E, 450SE, 450SEL, 450SL
● 500SE, 500SEL, 560SEL
● E300D, E320
● E420, E430
● E500
● ML320, S320
● S420, S420
● S500
● S600

● Warnings and Cautions
Editor's Introduction
1 Lubrication and Maintenance
Choosing a Repair Shop
The LiteOff
190D and 190E Oil and Oil Filter Change
190D / 190E Tech Tips
Automatic Transmission Fluid
How to Service Automatic Transmissions
M-Class Service for the Novice, Parts I and II
The Black Death
Servicing the W126 300SD, Parts I and II
How to Build an Ignition Analyzer
On-Board Diagnostics for Diesels
Cooler Coolant
One Shot Lubrication System Repair
Tuning the Mercedes-Benz 190SL
Model 140 Charcoal Filter Replacement
Knowing when to let go...
Technical and Restoration Forum

Engine, Transmission
W124 Motor Mount Replacement
How to Replace Your 300SD Water Pump
300SD Timing Chain Replacement
Timing is Everything
Twin-Cam Engine Valve Adjustment
300D Top-End Engine Work Hints
Valve Job, Parts I and II
Bottom End Overhaul, Parts I and II
Transmission Lock-Out Switch
A Survey of Automatic Transmissions
Tech Ramblings
Idle Speed
Technical and Restoration Forum

Fuel, Exhaust
Solving Hot-Start Problems
Lambda and Oxygen
How to Adjust Mechanical Fuel-Injection
Water and Diesel Fuel Don't Mix
Diagnosing Pre-Glow Systems, Parts I and II
Turbocharger Repair
How to Put Zip in Your Zeniths
Zenith to Weber Carburetor Conversion
190SL Carburetion: Solex vs. Weber
Replacing 300D / 300E Exhaust System
Idling in fuel injected engines
Technical and Restoration Forum
4 Electrical System
Repairing the E-Class Seat-Control Switch
Five-Minute Shift Indicator Light Fix
The Becker Grand Prix Electronic
Refurbish Your Cruise Control Actuator
Horn Rings
Installing A Third Brake Light
The Alternator
Replacing the Antenna on a W126
Upgrading Early W124 Headlights
European Headlights on W116 300SDs
Light Fantastic
1996?2003 E-Class Combination Switch
Technical and Restoration Forum

Body, Interior
How to Fix Your Vacuum Door Locks
Seat Belt Updates
Working on W210 E-Class Doors
Vintage Trip Odometers
Repairing a Stalled Odometer
Servicing the VDO Mechanical Clock
How To Fix A Wipered-Out SL
Curing SLC Window Condensation
Gray Market
Technical and Restoration Forum

Suspension, Steering, Tires, Wheels
W201 and W124 Front Suspension Repair
Self-Leveling Suspension Care
Changing Rear Air Suspension Bellows
190SL Rear Suspension Repair
Front End
Need New Shocks?
Replacing W210 E-Class Front Shocks
Replacing Sub-Frame Mounts
Oversteer / Understeer in Normal Driving
Fixing Squeaky Steering on 123 Chassis
Technical Topics
Wheel and Tire Guide
Tire Size Equivalents
Wheeling Right Along...
Technical and Restoration Forum

Bleeding and Fluid
Fouled Brake System
ABS News Release
W124 Brake Pad / Rotor Replacement
Technical and Restoration Forum

Heating, Air Conditioning
Automatic Climate Control Care / Feeding
Repair of 1977?1981 ACC Servos
1981?1985 Automatic Climate Control
Repair of Solenoid-Type ACC Valves
Heater Control Lever Replacement
Replace W108 / 109 Heater Control Levers
Fixing the 107 / 116 Heater Flap
Converting Your R-12 A/C to R-134a
Cooling System and A/C Tune-Up
Technical and Restoration Forum

Care and Preservation
How To Wax Your Car Like the Pros
How to Fix Paint Chips?The Right Way
Leather Care
How to Maintain Mercedes-Benz Wood
How to Restore Mercedes-Benz Wood
Plastic windows
Technical and Restoration Forum

Appendix 1
A Guide to Daimler-Benz Chassis and Motor Numbers
Chassis and Engine Type Numbers
List of Chassis Numbers and Engine Numbers for Mercedes-Benz Models 1946?1997
List of Chassis Numbers and Engine Numbers for Mercedes-Benz Models 1998?2005

Appendix 2
WIS on the WEB

Black & White photographs & Illustrations

Questions about book from customers:

Will this book show me how to work on my vacuum doors in my 300SE 1992 model?
Answer: This tech companion has technical articles from a Mercedes club magazine reprinted into one book. It does have article on fixes for the vacuum door locks. This book is more of general tips for all Mercedes, rather than specific instructions for an exact model. So you might be better with an actual workshop manual for your car.
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Robert Bentley, Inc Publishers
Paperback, 412 pages.

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