Mercedes SLK World banner

161 - 180 of 185 Posts

·
Premium Member 2018 SLC43
Joined
·
3,079 Posts
I see some problems :surprise:
Now I have a 350, not a 55 so may not be relevant...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.
I only went as far as far as removing wheels on My old &171...
But ended up purchasing a Halfords low profile jack, as the "jacking bung" reduces clearance even more...
With the standard Halfords jack, had to drive the R171 up onto a wooden plank first.....
(The "extendable wheel nut wrench" is also a useful tool & keep in the car!)
https://www.wilko.com/wilko-telescopic-wheel-nut-wrench/p/0184173
 

Attachments

·
Premium Member 2008 SLK55 AMG "Mabel"
Joined
·
16,093 Posts
Discussion Starter #162
Collected Mabel from the stealership this afternoon. She now has a new radiator cooling "module". :tu:


After 2 days in the 180, I had a huge smile driving her home. :smile:
 

·
Premium Member 2008 SLK55 AMG "Mabel"
Joined
·
16,093 Posts
Discussion Starter #164
Did you change the electric fan?
Yes, the whole unit. Could have bought a used one from Breakerlink but wouldn't have had time to fit it for the meet tomorrow, so just went with a new one.
 
  • Like
Reactions: mike350 and i860

·
Premium Member 2008 SLK55 AMG "Mabel"
Joined
·
16,093 Posts
Discussion Starter #166
Decided to give Mabel her red wheel highlights again. Due to the Alloygators I'd previously used having gone up by over 50% since I first bought them (and the fitting charge having increased by 500% :surprise:) I'd been looking for an alternative. The indie who painted her front bumper said he'd spray the wheels if I masked them up ready (as that's the time consuming bit and if not done properly could lead to runs) however I came across a roll of 5mm pin striping tape in Halfords for £5 and thought I'd try that. Seems to have stuck ok (though I doubt it would stand up to a pressure washer)
 

Attachments

·
Premium Member 2012 SLK55 AMG
Joined
·
5,038 Posts
Davie,
If you look at some of the bike specific aftermarket parts suppliers (M&P etc) or some of the motorsport suppliers (Demon tweets etc) they normally have proper rim tape that come with an applicator tool so it goes on perfectly. It is also reflective so look good in the sunlight and at night when car headlights hit it.
I used some on my Blackbird and it stood up to a couple of years of powerwashing and was still going strong when the bike was written off.
.........Just a thought if the pin stripe does fall off.
 

·
Premium Member 2008 SLK55 AMG "Mabel"
Joined
·
16,093 Posts
Discussion Starter #168
Took Mabel less than a mile into town, parked and noticed the n/s rear tyre looked low, discovered a screw protruding from the tread. :crying: Due to the location it could be repaired but, as both rear tyres only have 3-4 mm of tread left and I'm heading to the Alps next month, I've ordered two new Goodyear F1 Asymmetric 3's.

At least there'll be plenty of grip for those lovely winding passes. >:D
 

·
Premium Member 2018 SLC43
Joined
·
3,079 Posts
~~ I'm heading to the Alps next month, I've ordered two new Goodyear F1 Asymmetric 3's.
At least there'll be plenty of grip for those lovely winding passes. >:D
Sorry to hear - the number of screws & nails that I pick up while walking the dog (But not North of the Border..)

...but every cloud has a silver lining & will have new tyres for plenty of these:
 

Attachments

·
Premium Member 2008 SLK55 AMG "Mabel"
Joined
·
16,093 Posts
Discussion Starter #170
New rear tyres fitted this morning :smile: Then took Mabel to Busby Garage and got her front bumper and undertrays fixings sorted out. She's now got a solid front end again and (fingers crossed) ready for whatever the roads throw at her. No more scraping noises @Col @Avel Du :wink:
 

·
Super Moderator (UK)
Joined
·
30,665 Posts
I'll believe it when I don't hear.

Never heard a more terminal sound for the sake of a couple of clips.
 

·
Premium Member 2008 SLK55 AMG "Mabel"
Joined
·
16,093 Posts
Discussion Starter #172
Two new front tyres fitted today in preparation for my trip. :smile:

Was advised that there is a slight flat spot on one of the rims. :frown:
 

·
Premium Member 2008 SLK55 AMG "Mabel"
Joined
·
16,093 Posts
Discussion Starter #174
Thought it was about time that I updated this thread. I have taken advantage of the bad weather over the last few weeks to sort a few problems that Mabel had thrown at me.

After getting the suspension arms and bushes etc. sorted at Deutschtek, and smugly feeling delighted with how well Mabel was performing, the inevitable Law of Sod came into play and a couple of weeks later I dropped the passenger window and was rewarded with a terrible grinding sound when I went to raise it again. Investigation showed that the cable had frayed and chewed itself up. I managed to wedge the window closed and tape up the wee gap at the top as a temporary repair and had to order a complete new mechanism as I couldn't just replace the cable. :mad:
The engine management light had come on around this time too, so I'd put her back to the guys at Deutschtek again to check out the problem. She needed a new secondary air pump. They're not cheap btw!! :eek: Anyway the part was ordered and fitted along with the window mechanism and both are working fine again. (y)

Had them check the handbrake as there was a lot of play in the lever and the brake wasn't holding the car on even the slightest incline, despite it passing the MOT regs.. Turns out the cable is badly stretched and needs replacing. Will be getting that done in the next couple of weeks.

I have also had the front bumper resprayed to get rid of the stone rash that had developed and had some minor damage to the front off side wing repaired and the wing, door, etc. resprayed.

Hopefully that'll be all she's needing in preparation for the coming year's travels. :)
 

·
Premium Member 2008 SLK55 AMG "Mabel"
Joined
·
16,093 Posts
Discussion Starter #175
Gave Mabel a wash and dry, after clay barring her, followed by polish with Auto Glym Super Resin Polish and then a coat of Auto Glym Extra Gloss Protection. She's looking shiny now. Just need to do the wheels, engine bay and boot, interior and glasswork. NOT forgetting the exhaust tips (or I'd never hear the end of it from Russ LOL).

DSC_0079.JPG
DSC_0080.JPG
DSC_0081.JPG
DSC_0078.JPG
DSC_0077.JPG
 

·
Registered 2006 SLK55 AMG
Joined
·
248 Posts
I don't mean to hijack this thread but since it's about car uptake and taking care of it, what do you guys use to clean that textured leather on the dash and doors. The leather seems averse to paper towels and some towel fabric and I don't know which is the best nourishing cleaner.

Excuse the door handle string. I reglued the trim after a new sound system install:
1587486680762.png

I really need to give it all a good cleaning.

Thanks.
 

·
Super Moderator (UK)
Joined
·
30,665 Posts
Like the red AMG highlighting on the wheels.

Did you consider mine stars for the lugs?
(Hee, hee, just added more work for Davie).
 
161 - 180 of 185 Posts
Top