Mercedes SLK World banner

141 - 160 of 185 Posts

·
Registered 2005 SLK200
Joined
·
622 Posts
Great thread Davie, said it before but Ill say it again, awesome looking car :wink:

However parts of the thread simply re-iterate my reason for never ever using an ineptly woeful main stealership for anything on my car. Shocking service and outrageous prices, they never cease to amaze me with tales of overpriced work combined with abysmal customer service :surprise:
 

·
Premium Member 2008 SLK55 AMG "Mabel"
Joined
·
16,093 Posts
Discussion Starter #143
Sorry but looking at your pics, do you have two red slks
I wish! :grin:

The difference in the pictures is, I think, just the before and after effect of the mods I've done to make her my own. :smile:
 

·
Premium Member 2018 SLC43
Joined
·
3,079 Posts
~~
I plan on replacing the worn tyres with more Goodyear F1 Asymmetric 3's next time home. The ones that are coming off will have done about 15k, so I'm not complaining.
Having heard about Davie's adventures with Mabel on the Scottish winter roads, I was reading about these Michelin CrossClimate Tyres:
Michelin CrossClimate + tyre review | All-season tyre test 2017/2018: top all-weather tyres tested | Auto Express

Though not sure on there ultimate summer performance, or there speed rating for Autobahn use...!! >:D
 

·
Premium Member 2008 SLK55 AMG "Mabel"
Joined
·
16,093 Posts
Discussion Starter #145
Had to get the MAFS replaced at the stealership in the week. :frown:

Also had some under tray / wheel arch liners replaced and replaced all the fitting clips / bolts. (No more requirement for zip ties, but thanks to Russ for supplying them in France) :smile:

Ordered new red wheel centre caps from flea bay to compliment my newly refurbished wheels. :smile:
 

·
Premium Member 2005 SLK200K
Joined
·
1,124 Posts
Hi Davie.... I've been off the scene for sometime now... (all OK now)...just come back to read something about France... have you been over here with Mabel???
 

·
Premium Member 2008 SLK55 AMG "Mabel"
Joined
·
16,093 Posts
Discussion Starter #148
Hi Davie,

What flagged-up the need to replace the MAF?

Off to the MOT centre in 30 mins myself.:eek:
Engine diagnostic light came on when I was in Calais.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Terminal

·
Premium Member 2008 SLK55 AMG "Mabel"
Joined
·
16,093 Posts
Discussion Starter #149

·
Premium Member 2008 SLK55 AMG "Mabel"
Joined
·
16,093 Posts
Discussion Starter #150
At the turn of the year I'd been toying with getting Mabel a new ceramic coat.

After much research I decided to put her to Defined Details in Glasgow. ( https://www.defined-details.co.uk/ )

Gordon is extremely knowledgeable and spent an hour explaining the pros and cons between the different coatings available etc. before I booked her in . (there is a 4/5 month waiting list for his services :surprise:)

As he will also coat the wheels if required, I had them refurbished last month in preparation.

The down side of using Gordon is that he requires the car for 4/5 days to do a thorough clean, followed by paint correction to remove swirls etc., then apply the coating and leave for the initial cure for 24 hours before driving. So, having dropped her off on my return to the beach last trip, I spent that time trying to replicate the SLK top down experience by driving the Sportage with all the windows down and the sun roof open when ever I was in it. (No comparison btw! :frown:)

Collected her on Friday and am delighted with the result. :smile:
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
130 Posts
Saw your car in a certain car park (Aberdeen) before I bought mine. I don’t normally like red but after seeing yours I decided it was actually ok. As it happened I bought in blue. I’ll be looking out for your car now that the paint work is even better. Might encourage me to get a move on and tidy mine up. Can’t do too much as mine is a toy, bought to scratch an itch. Meant to keep it for a couple of years. Finding it difficult to part with. Roy.
 

·
Premium Member 2008 SLK55 AMG "Mabel"
Joined
·
16,093 Posts
Discussion Starter #155
Had to drive down to Chester on Friday and achieved a personal best mpg … 37.3mpg! :smile:

Drove home on Sunday and did even better … 37.6mpg! :surprise:

Admittedly these figures were due to sitting at a constant 52mph for the runs, due to having to keep my speed low due to the fault with the cooling fan, but shows what Mabel can achieve.
 

Attachments

·
Premium Member 2008 SLK55 AMG "Mabel"
Joined
·
16,093 Posts
Discussion Starter #156
Bought a lifting kit (on offer at Halfords just now) to make life easier (and safer) whilst working under Mabel. I'll be able to detach the undertray and check the cooling fan connection now, or at least when the weather improves a little. The clothes and brush will be put to use making her look more presentable at the Scottish meet on the 4th. :smile:
 

Attachments

  • Like
Reactions: WoZ53

·
Premium Member 2007 SLK350
Joined
·
952 Posts
Bought a lifting kit (on offer at Halfords just now) to make life easier (and safer) whilst working under Mabel. I'll be able to detach the undertray and check the cooling fan connection now, or at least when the weather improves a little. The clothes and brush will be put to use making her look more presentable at the Scottish meet on the 4th. <img src="http://www.slkworld.com/images/SLKWorld_2014/smilies/tango_face_smile.png" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
Hi Davie,
You know that the rad fan can be taken out from above in about 10min? I’m assuming it’s basically the same as on the 171 350 layout.
I just did this while changing the serpentine belt, simply look for the 2 plastic catches on the sides of the fan where it mounts onto the rad, push these in and lift the assembly up out of the lower location mounts.
I had to remove my top hose to get the fan out but even this is simply a clip on pipe going into the rad and have a pot to catch about a pint of water.
With the fan loose, and before you remove it, you can then get a hand to the bottom and check/unplug the cable.
Hope this helps.
 

·
Premium Member 2008 SLK55 AMG "Mabel"
Joined
·
16,093 Posts
Discussion Starter #159
That piece of kit looks good was it very expensive
£65 inc. VAT. Which is less than I/2 an hour labour charge at MB Glasgow. :smile:
 

·
Registered 2007 SLK350
Joined
·
664 Posts
Bought a lifting kit (on offer at Halfords just now) to make life easier (and safer) whilst working under Mabel. I'll be able to detach the undertray and check the cooling fan connection now, or at least when the weather improves a little. The clothes and brush will be put to use making her look more presentable at the Scottish meet on the 4th. :smile:



I see some problems :surprise:


Now I have a 350, not a 55 so may not be relevent...but..


The jack will not fit under the front to the central front jacking point...to tall..and not long enough...You can drive the car onto some blocks to lift the front end high enough to place the jack under it though.



The jack will feel very unstable (it is not a strong jack as I also have one, and had to buy a more professional jack for the SLK) when lifting up the front end..be sure to be on a perfectly flat, level, firm ground.


The axle stands will be too tall (as the jack will probably not lift high enough safely) to go under the car. You will be suprised how high you need to lift the front to get the axle stands under (I have been searching for lower axle stands, but cant find any!)



To use the axle stands on the side jacking points you will need some blocks to fit inside the plastic jacking point.


If you jack using the side jacking points, then you also will need a block in the jacking point, but then you will not have anywhere to put the axle stands!


The SLK is a difficult car to lift safely! Be very careful, and be even safer!



if you do not need the wheels off better to use some ramps, but again need low entry ramps to clear the bumpers
 
141 - 160 of 185 Posts
Top