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Premium Member 2005 SLK200K 'Little Growler'
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So, as I’m sure you will all remember, yesterday morning I washed the car. This lunchtime, this is what the windscreen looked like:
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Must be time to try the, wait for it...
California Duster I just got. Ta Daa!
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The elements wipe on, I wipe off ;)
Sorry about the quality of the pictures, but I was starting to feel like a bit of a dick standing in the street taking pictures of myself dusting the car (it’s okay admin, my name is Richard)

I did what it said on the packaging and let it sit on some newspaper for a few days to soak off some of the wax and it worked perfectly. I imagine it’s amazing for southern California (or places like that) - where there’s not the sort of rainfall that we usually have in London, but great to deal with all the stuff that accumulates on the car during the odd rainless week.
Another groovy trick learned right here on your favourite station 😊
 

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Premium Member 2008 SLK200
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Hi
Good day
A few months back got a new wind restrictor from a seller on UK.
But it was tinted & no good at all at all
Tinted > lot of reflection during day time & not able to see clearly in the night.
Also not possible to light it up.

Anyway, since we have partial lockdown, can't do anything until
a few days ago, got it to a laser cutter guy to exactly duplicate
it in clear transparent one.
Got it done today but have to installed the lights.

Only got two color lights on hand = blue & amber.
So use blue as night light when it lights are switched ON
and amber for brake light. (it would be better, RED color brake)
Not clean out yet & LOGO not install , tomorrow will complete the job.
Took 6 hours to get the LED lights done


Thank you & have a nice day

ps: my central locking still not sorted out yet.
 

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Premium Member 2005 SLK200K 'Little Growler'
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Hi
Good day

The first thing I got up today was to complete
the wind restrictor.
Took about an hour or so to clean it up & the lights.

Add LOGO & the light for Brake & night light when all lights are switch ON.
See video.


Thank you & have a nice day
Thank YOU, now I'll know if I'm following you :giggle:
 

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Registered 2008 SLK350
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Well after the last post this seems trivial but I lithium lubed every joint in the roof & boot mechanisms. Between that and yesterday's Gummi-ing I am hoping that she will be nice and quiet in the next few days.
Oooh, can you give me the brand name of the lube you’ve used! I’m wanting to do mine.

ATB John.
 

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Super Moderator CA 2012 SLK55 AMG w/P30
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Always read the lable--anything that has petroleum distillates as one of the ingredients should NOT be used. AND there are a lot of so-called rubber products that contain it.

Rubber will deteriorate if used.
 

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Registered 2005 SLK55 AMG
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K&N recon. So having cleaned and polished everything cleanable during these times, the K&N's became my latest victims. Even tho it's only been a year and 4k miles since the last session, its amazing how much crud, flies and blades of grass had lodged themselves. Must have been all that West Country driving last summer! Used their branded cleaning solution along with a toothpick to remove stubborn bits. Thorough hose and rinse followed by overnight drying. Used a fine mist of aerosol oil and let dry for another 24 hours. I tend to overdose with oil but wary of MAF contamination, using kitchen roll, I carefully removed any excess from each and every pleat. This has worked for me in various applications over the past 30 years and never had problems. I know there are a lot of doubters out there but I swear by these filters. Air intake and beautification panels all cleaned and reassembled and everything looking like new inside and out!
 

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Registered 2009 SLK350
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Some 10 days ago @i860 helped me to get started with my own Xentry - and yesterday I took the time to play around with it some more to see if I could get the retrofitted rain sensor working. Looks like the "MB specialist workshop"* that had installed it two years ago only enabled it in the overhead panel screen, but forgot to enable it in the second place and then gave up.. Enabled it there myself yesterday, and had a small test drive this morning through the drizzle. Can confirm it finally works!

Next up: swap out the steering wheel for one that has paddles. Manual mode was also enabled by this workshop before and I can change gear using the lever. Anyway, I have a steering wheel ready in my garage, so this should be a purely mechanical job.

*) Note that I am happy with this workshop, they are a 20 minute scenic drive from my office (which I haven't been to since the lockdown started over two months ago though), and have all the tools and stuff but are not an actual dealer, and don't ask dealer prices. Besides, they did add the rain sensor as an option to my car's record, so EPC now shows it as having one.
 

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Registered 2008 SLK350
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Oooh, can you give me the brand name of the lube you’ve used! I’m wanting to do mine.

ATB John.
Believe it or not the WD-40 White Lithium grease. I had used it on motorcycles for years and found it to be just as good as the premium brand stuff. Easy application and the fixed straw nozzle doesn't go missing unlike the old plug-in ones. Just need to be gentle with the spray because it can over-spray like crazy. I generally hold a rag on the reverse side of what I am lubing just in case.
 
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