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Hello. I am new to this forum and to SLK possible ownership. I am considering a 2005 SLK 350. It has the (I guess) typical intake runner problem but I think I can fix that. I can keep a 1954 Chevy pickup and a 1948 Ford 8N tractor going, so a Mercedes can't be much different - right? Kidding. My real concern is a maybe problem with the balance shaft gear and/or cam bearings. I read that these are known problems and it sounds like a big buck repair. The article I read indicates that the problem(s) manifest as a knocking for three or four seconds upon starting when cold. To me, knocking means something like a rod knock, but semantics you know.. This one sounds like a bunch of rocks rattling in a tin can. Is that typical of these cars? (My '69 Triumph sounds like that all the time.) So is this rattling (knocking?) a death knoll? If left rattling will it be just noise or will it develop into catastrophic failure. Any advice you can give this old timer would be appreciated. Cool car though.
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Rich
 

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Welcome from the Sacramento Valley Enthusiasts!
 

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Welcome from Indiana, sounds like maybe timing chain which would be related to the dreaded balance shaft sprocket failure. There's plenty of AMGs available that don't have that problem :grin::grin::grin::grin: Posting a random picture of mine.:nerd:
 

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Rattles like a tin of rocks ....

run ........ do not walk, run away!

Looked after these cars will go 200 000 miles with ease. Abused they will take a mortgage on your house with the '54 and '48 as deposit!
 

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Hi Rich, and welcome to SLKWorld.com from the UK Midlands - Thanks for joining us and posting an intro! :)

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tip 4 u

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Hi Rich, welcome from Canada :smile:

Tks for updating your profile :tu:





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