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I’m going to use this thread to keep track of all the maintenance, upgrades, fixes, etc that I will be performing on my R170.

A little about me….The name is Robert and I reside in central Cali. I enjoy trail riding our national parks with my TTR250 and I enjoy doing track days with my R6. I picked up the 230 as a commuter/toy/hobby and will be dedicating my R6 for track duty only….no more street riding for me. I do all the work on all my vehicles, unless it’s a complicated issue that requires a lift or if I can’t acquire a specialty tool …..I enjoy working on my toys as much as I like riding/driving them.

So far, the 230 has proven easy to work on. The spark plugs were easier to change then my 08 Toyota, lol. The 230 definitely has its quirks but that’s what makes it fun!!!! Anyway, here are a few pics of my vehicles/toys. I hope to meet a few of you and I’m looking forward to bringing back the 230 to pristine condition….if all goes well, lol. Enjoy my troubles.








My Toyota…”BlueBerry” at the Sequoia’s

My TTR250

And my 230

 

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What I’ve done/repaired so far:
-New spark plugs
-Fixed trunk lid brake light
-installed new headlight bulbs
-Purchased new seat cover (until I get the driver seat repaired


Here’s a list of the things that need to be done to the 230 to get her back to an “Excellent” standard:
-Oil change
- Transmission flush
- Door panels need to be re-done
-Driver seat needs to be re-upholstered
-Roof liners needs to be re-upholstered
-Dash plastics and console plastics need to be redone
-Roof hydraulics need to be fixed (currently leaking)
-Retractable roof needs to be fixed (above issue hinders this)
-Needs to O2 sensor
-Need to replace passenger window switch (Brocken tab…switch keeps falling through)
-Need to remove mobile phone module from console and install a “din”
-Gauge cluster needs a new clip at the top
-Replace burnt out bulb behind the air conditioner fan speed switch
-Brake fluid flush
-Power steering flush
-Get the valves checked for proper clearances
-Tint windows to 50% all the way around
-Fix passenger window (when rolled up, it does not slide into the weather strip and leaves a gap)
-Get a remote fob
- Install new fuel filter

….and I believe that’s it, lol. I’m sure I’ll be adding to the list (well, hopefully not)
 

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Hi and welcome from South Yorkshire England. I also ride an R6 mines red and black. We could have gone out for a ride together, just a little matter of a few thousand miles to meet up :biglaugh:
 

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Moving to the R170 general discussion section.

the diy section is for established diy fixes and procedures
 

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Hi and welcome from South Yorkshire England. I also ride an R6 mines red and black. We could have gone out for a ride together, just a little matter of a few thousand miles to meet up :biglaugh:

:Cheers


It's not tooooo far
 

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I dropped in a new air filter….I think it was about time.


Old spark plugs….



I ordered the repair kit w/ instructions from shockwavetechnologies (ebay) and will be attempting the roof actuator repair, hopefully Wednesday. I’ll be picking up some MB hydraulic oil from my local MB shop this afternoon in preparation for the “big” repair. I may start hunting down an O-ring today….Ill update on how that goes later on.

I dropped her off this morning for an oil change and an inspection. Hopefully I don’t get a horror story on repairs that are needed, lol.
 

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I just got off the phone with the MB shop and they’ve definitely added some TO DO items to say the least.

-URGENT, needs new rotors and brake pads
-Exhaust leak from the gasket that mates the manifold and down pipe
-AC belt is cracked
-Steering gear box has a leak
-left cat converter is rattling
-and a CEL….I believe it a bad O2 sensor
-He also mentioned some leaks from the engine but couldn’t pin point them….I degreased the engine and it had some build up in some areas….especially around the oil filter location….im assuming all the gunk that I washed off just traveled to the bottom and made it seem worse than it really is….I’ll have to stick my head under the car one of these days and really take a good look.

LOL, sooooo….I’ll be tackling the rotors and brake pads sometime this week and I’ll start doing some research on how to go about the remainder of the items.
 

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Welcome to the world of upkeep...you are more than qualified for the job. I just realized, after seeing your air filter.. where it was located under my hood lol

Cant wait to see more upkeep posts.
 

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I just had the CEL error code pulled and it came back with P0170.

If the search button serves me well....it means I'll be cleaning my MAF sensor tonight. If it comes back, well, I'll be ordering a new MAF, lol.
 

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Today, after work, I started tackling the little issues I can do without ordering parts.

I started with the douvalve removal and cleaning detail. There was definitely junk in there. What appears to have happened is that the rubber gasket deteriorated and clogged the valve. I'm trying to find a location to order a replacement gasket but no luck so far. I know have hot air coming out of the drivers and passengers side vents.... Or complete cold on one side and hot in the other.... AWESOME!

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Hole in the gasket













Then I jumped into removing and cleaning the MAF sensor. To say the least, I made the problem worse. Before, I would stomp on the gas and it would kick into a huge boost.... Now, it idles fines and drives fine at highway speeds but when I go to stomp on the gas.... It boogs down and it won't jump into that nice huge boost. I've researched a bit and it looks like I definitely need to order a new MAF sensor.







Ill be tackling the roof tomorrow as the repair kit is due to come in tomorrow.
 

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What I’ve done/repaired so far:
-New spark plugs

-Fixed trunk lid brake light
-installed new headlight bulbs
-Purchased new seat cover (until I get the driver seat repaired
-Installed Air filter
-Oil change w/oil filter
-Cleaned douvalve
-Cleaned MAF (I need to purchase a new one, this was causing my CEL)
-Purchased new fuel filter (installing new filter this weekend, hopefully)



Here’s a list of the things that need to be done to the 230 to get her back to an “Excellent” standard:
- Transmission flush
- Door panels need to be re-done
-Driver seat needs to be re-upholstered
-Roof liners needs to be re-upholstered
-Dash plastics and console plastics need to be redone
-Roof hydraulics need to be fixed (currently leaking)
-Retractable roof needs to be fixed (above issue hinders this)
-Need to replace passenger window switch (Brocken tab…switch keeps falling through)
-Need to remove mobile phone module from console and install a “din”
-Gauge cluster needs a new clip at the top
-Replace burnt out bulb behind the air conditioner fan speed switch
-Brake fluid flush
-Power steering flush
-install new O-rings in steering gear box to fix slow leak
-Needs new exhaust gasket between the manifold/downpipe
-Get the valves checked for proper clearances
-Tint windows to 50% all the way around
-Fix passenger window (when rolled up, it does not slide into the weather strip and leaves a gap)
-Get a remote fob
-Needs new control arm bushings up front
-Mechanic said he heard a rattle coming from the "left" cat converter
-Needs new rotors/pads up front
 

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It baffles my mind, the amount of repairs you are doing yourself. Enjoying the thread!


:Cheers

Glad your enjoying the read!

I've definitely been having with it, believe it or not. Keeps my mind and hands busy, always a great way to learn new things and gain experience.

I just wish I didn't have to deal with a married man budget, lol.
 

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I just started having issues with my A/C here: http://www.slkworld.com/slk-r170-general-discussion/44329-c-problems-whistling-noise-doesnt-blow-cold.html
My 1st thoughts were lack of refrigerant. May be an o-ring went bad somewhere and I have a leak. The 2nd was checking the duovalve. Is it hard to take it apart? I'm not going to mess with it until next week but for a 10 year old car this might be a place to look, don't you think?

It's definetely you worth a look. It's actually really simple and straightforward.

Remove the five Torx screws (You need a T5 driver) and remove the top. Be very carefull when you're pulling the top off and be gentle with the electrical connector when unplugging/plugging it. After that, you simply "pry" open the silver plate underneath to expose the small "valves". This is where you'll find most of the gunk. Clean it up and make sure to clean the "plungers" as well. Put everything back together and give it a try. Carefull not to loose the springs.


I always like to disconnect the negative terminal on the car battery to avoid any issues.... Just a habit I have.

Let us know if it makes a difference for ya.
 

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Sorry for plagiarizing your list =) Now someone tell me if I'm crazy about my car?! And do you think I'll give it up????!!! Hell No!!!! Hmmm.. I never calculated the amount I spent on it... I'm scared to think of a number... :D

From the list you created I performed the following:
-New spark plugs
-installed new headlight xenon 5000K bulbs
-Installed LED daytime running L-shaped Lights.
-Installed Air filter
-Installed cabin filter
-Oil change w/oil filter
-Cleaned MAF
-Installed new fuel filter
-Replaced new camshaft sensor
-Changed all hoses for the oil separator
- Transmission flush
-Roof hydraulics be fixed
-Roof hydraulics pump cleaned and fresh fluid used
-Gauge cluster bulbs replaced
-Replace burnt out bulb behind the air conditioner fan speed switch
-Brake fluid flush
-Power steering flush
-installed new O-ring in steering gear box to fix slow leak
-Tinted windows all the way around with the maximum heat resistance tint. Really makes a huuuuuge difference here in Houston, TX! The car is not that hot anymore and cools in seconds!
-New pads
-New Engine and transmission mounts
-New steering drag link assembly with tie rods
-New steering damper
-SmartTop installed
-Headlights and taillights changed to projectors and LED ones.
-All bulbs replaced with LEDs. (Yes, all the way around :biglaugh:)
-New Continental tires
-New Radio with USB
-New ignition key lock
-New Akebono brake pads
-Brake light switch
-Air housing fixed, new open/close air vent vacuum switch
-FineVu dash camera
-installed train horn with compressor

My to-do list:
-Just came up today - Fix a/c issues. Hope it's just 10 years of hot Texas summers that drained the freon.
-Change 3d brake light to smoke one!
-Change rear differential fluid
-Change rotors to slotted ones.
-Change side mirrors housings with LEDs to new style ones.
-Brushed aluminum door pins
-Clean douvalve
-Roof liner needs to be re-upholstered with Alcantara!
-Dash plastics and console plastics need to be redone. Thinking of covering it with Alcantara too.
and more coming... :tu:
 

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It's definetely you worth a look. It's actually really simple and straightforward.

Remove the five Torx screws (You need a T5 driver) and remove the top. Be very carefull when you're pulling the top off and be gentle with the electrical connector when unplugging/plugging it. After that, you simply "pry" open the silver plate underneath to expose the small "valves". This is where you'll find most of the gunk. Clean it up and make sure to clean the "plungers" as well. Put everything back together and give it a try. Carefull not to loose the springs.


I always like to disconnect the negative terminal on the car battery to avoid any issues.... Just a habit I have.

Let us know if it makes a difference for ya.
LOL! I have this habit too =) Better be safe than sorry! Thanx for the detailed reply, Bluerebel! I will report back for sure!:sBannana2
 

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Lol, no biggie.

Glad I was of some help.


Your list gave me some ideas that I may add to my TO DO list, lol

Thanks for sharing!
 
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