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Mercedes E320 CDI S211, Shite or Shiteable?


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Stripped out the SBC pump on V2.0 over the weekend and had a look at the brushes, down to around 6.5mm so ordered some new ones and 5ltrs of Dot4+ fluid. Someone has replaced a brake line with copper so will probably replace that with Kunifer. Dreading looking at the rear lines that rot, aiming for Mot 1st July.

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SBC motor brushes fitted, bedded in and unit refitted to the car. Bleeding to be done tomorrow with Xentry and @bobdisk fingers crossed. Left the copper brake line just in case the unit needs changing or if successful an easy fix if the rears are rotten and need doing.

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Bit busy with the garden today so brakes not bled. I did have a fiddle with Xentry and managed to delete all codes except the missing drivers door memory mirror. As the pressure washer was out i blasted all the moss that has grown due to where its been parked, makes my current S211 look really shabby!

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The weather was good enough last night to work outside so I had a go at V2.0 again. Fitted a spare AGM battery and bled the SBC on S211 V2.0 with my MacGuyver pressure bleeder and my glamorous assistant @bobdisk to watch the laptop and hit F3 multiple times, Bob is the king of the F3 key. Good grief does the SBC munch its way through Dot4+. Currently have no fault codes for the SBC, once the wheels go back on and I do a lap of the drive I expect C235C to return and S211 V1.0 will be donating an SBC unit with new motor brushes. Just as I expected, at least one side is showing a  crusty rear brake line to compliment the copper front line.

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When Panhard65 did my brake pipes + caliper, both my Foxwell and his Autel wouldn't run the SBC bleed program. Both said the voltage was too low, even with the engine started. 

Anyway he gravity bled it and was absolutely fine. Only got through half a litre of fluid too. 

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49 minutes ago, SiC said:

When Panhard65 did my brake pipes + caliper, both my Foxwell and his Autel wouldn't run the SBC bleed program. Both said the voltage was too low, even with the engine started. 

Anyway he gravity bled it and was absolutely fine. Only got through half a litre of fluid too. 

I bled the rear lines on my other car by opening the door and letting the pump run. Supposedly bleeding the accumulator of fluid can only be done with the bleed programme.  The first part on the rear right seemed to purge the system of old fluid, I started to wonder if 5ltrs would be enough. 

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On 10/06/2024 at 21:10, Snake Charmer said:

Bueller! Nice MGB though.

I don't think there was any mgb in the replicas they used? There's a great article out there about how they built them (and what cars they used for the shot of 'it' going through the window, including an E type and a fiat iirc) but I can't find it for the life of me 😕

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 I remembered that from the 80's when the film was out.

Wheels back on S211 V2.0, driven up and down the garden a lot, SBC seems to be working correctly. Still not expecting it to last!

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