Made by Monkeys
10/6/2011 6:55:48 PM
Less than 6 months after I had done the tune-up, it started missing. The car is a 1993, so the computer is not as sophisticated as some newer models. I do have a special code reader for the Mercedes, but it showed no faults in any of the systems.
About 6 months before I had done the tune up, I had to replace the engine wiring harness. This is a common problem with Mercedes of a certain vintage; the German government dictated that everything plastic in the car had to biodegrade in a landfill, and the engine wiring typically disintegrated at some point… I looked into a new electronic throttle actuator, but at $1000 I thought i would wait until it was really bad.
So, I assumed that it now needed the electronic throttle replaced. So I bit the bullet, bought the $1000 part and spent about three hours cussing at the guys that designed the thing. And when it was all back together, it still had the miss.
Searching online, I ran across a lot of complaints about Bosch getting really cheap with the Platinum plugs; they were now junk. So I decided to pull the plugs and see for myself. They were terrible! Almost all the ground electrodes had all but dissapeared! Those Bosch Platinuim Plus 4’s sucked!
I replaced them with Nippondenso Platinum’s, and the car has been perfect since…
I will never buy Bosch spark plugs or oil filters again… They are crap!
10/6/2011 4:16:26 PM
Maybe a special fuel additive that cleans the threads prior to the tuneup. Or we could just remove the heads, send them out to get them bead blasted and reassemble. Along with simple instructions to perform this operation for the avarage motorist…
But we have to admit – that is a cool flame paint job on the valve cover and headers.
A Total Chick Magnet..
We can now burn like a Disco Inferno…
10/5/2011 12:24:00 PM