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@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:43 PM) (like copper or aluminium)
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:43 PM) I'll try with something hard, but not as hard as steel
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 02:42 PM) tolsen has posted about it before. Personally I thought a couple hours of tinkering was time better spent elsewhere, and the $50 for the tool well spent
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 02:41 PM) you need a hardwood, soft won't do
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:41 PM) no worries, got the idea
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 02:40 PM) the hole being the exact size of the rod, not the disc. Sorry about the syntax
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 02:39 PM) A wooden clamp would work well. Drill a hole in a wooden disc the exact size of the strut rod's diameter, then cut the disc in half and add flats
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:13 PM) leather is too soft, as is rubber. I was thinking about either copper wire wound around the strut or tinfoil. and a vise Grip
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 02:11 PM) An old leather belt might work better, but I had no luck with it
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:10 PM) (I was thinking about a vise grip and tinfoil. you know, tinfoil is aluminum, and can potentailly protect the shock, and a vbise grip is FAR more useful than the clamp, but this is me trying to Mcgiver a solution, as usual...)
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:07 PM) ah, ok, then
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 02:06 PM) The strut spins freely, you need the special clamping tool to provide flats for a big open ended wrench (with this tool 47 mm)
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:03 PM) Can't I use LOTS of wd40, a t47 bit and a breaker bar?
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 02:01 PM) The strut clamp is a necessity. Worth every cent I paid -- making something similar myself would have taken me more time than I'd like to spend in order to save the few bucks.
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:00 PM) c'mon! I'll use twine. And optimism.
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 01:59 PM) I honestly didn't need them on the broken spring, and while handy for the lowering springs, not necessary.
@  dmoonen : (27 August 2015 - 08:06 AM) Spring compresssors are still needed. .Tolson why must you take the hard way to everything
@  Surturiel : (26 August 2015 - 03:59 PM) nah, the springs are broken, and I can use the ye old zip-tie trick. But since I'm going to put eibachs (-25mm) I won't worry.]
@  tolsen : (26 August 2015 - 03:43 PM) Clamp type spring compressors should not be used since the damage both protective coating and spring.
@  dmoonen : (26 August 2015 - 11:27 AM) The spring compressors you can borrow at Canadian tire
@  dmoonen : (26 August 2015 - 11:27 AM) I have the Mercedes strut clamp you can borrow just pay shipping and if you break it you buy it. Pm me
@  Surturiel : (26 August 2015 - 08:51 AM) thanks, guys! And... does anyone in Vancouver area have the clamp so I can "rent"?
@  dmoonen : (25 August 2015 - 06:43 PM) To and from SK*. I'm just waiting on some bits to finish the Golf build
@  dmoonen : (25 August 2015 - 06:41 PM) Still driving it, drove it to and from and average 4.7l/100l loaded to the brim.
@  Francesco : (25 August 2015 - 06:19 PM) Dillen how much did you end up getting for the wagon?
@  Francesco : (25 August 2015 - 05:13 PM) And if replacing the plastic bellows (dust boots) on the struts, cut a good 1.5" off the bottoms of them or they'll just compress around the stops and get in the way of the clamp tool
@  Francesco : (25 August 2015 - 05:11 PM) also, take a new knife blade and cut about an inch off the bump stops unless you love bottoming out on small bumps.
@  Francesco : (25 August 2015 - 05:09 PM) wont need it for the Eibachs
@  Francesco : (25 August 2015 - 05:09 PM) If the springs are broken at the top as suspected, the spring compressor might not be necessary.
@  dmoonen : (25 August 2015 - 04:49 PM) And a normal spring compressor
@  dmoonen : (25 August 2015 - 04:46 PM) Strut clamp tool*
@  dmoonen : (25 August 2015 - 04:46 PM) Lots of penetrating oil on the top nut and see if you can borrow a strut tool of you don't have the proper air tools
@  Surturiel : (25 August 2015 - 01:08 PM) Now, let's see if I can replace them without getting myself killed...
@  Surturiel : (25 August 2015 - 01:07 PM) Got the Eibach springs!
@  dmoonen : (25 August 2015 - 12:29 PM) Lol
@  Francesco : (25 August 2015 - 10:18 AM) ok, maybe MikeT
@  Francesco : (25 August 2015 - 10:18 AM) Who doesn't? Hehehe
@  dmoonen : (25 August 2015 - 07:46 AM) sounds like you have a decent to do list. .
@  Surturiel : (23 August 2015 - 08:00 PM) Perhaps even throw a set of powerflex purple bushings, and a set of 16" "space" wheels, but not now...)
@  Surturiel : (23 August 2015 - 07:58 PM) ( I WILL replace the entire control arm, with all 4 ball joints, drop links, all the upper bearings and a nice set of B8s. But not now. Maybe by December, when I get money for that...
@  Surturiel : (23 August 2015 - 07:57 PM) Nah, the steering damper is fine (I was worried about that too), and actually, the bearing is not bad, its just the pad that is glazed.
@  Francesco : (23 August 2015 - 02:07 PM) also check your steering damper. If the damage is already extensive, good chance the damper has bled out like mine had
@  Francesco : (23 August 2015 - 02:06 PM) but honestly if you are removing the control arms, you may as well replace the other parts. Use the Evilution or FQ guides, and add in tolsen's tips about reversing the BJ bolts, and using SS bolts and nuts if possible.
@  Francesco : (23 August 2015 - 02:04 PM) The right bearing might turn out to be a seized caliper or delaminated pad...
@  Surturiel : (22 August 2015 - 09:20 PM) I lifted the car today, and upon inspection, I saw that the ball joints and the drop links are fine. The bushings are probably busted (they are noisy and rough), and the right bearing is heavy and noisy. I couldn't see if the springs are broken or not, but both top collars are loose. (I'll trust CANMAN on that one). But I was getting ready to replace ALL ball joints, drop links, control arms, shocks...
@  Francesco : (22 August 2015 - 07:58 PM) So who was it that told you all that stuff was kaput? I seem to remember being puzzled about how extensive your list was
@  CANMAN : (22 August 2015 - 06:52 PM) Because both springs are broken at the top.
@  Surturiel : (22 August 2015 - 02:06 PM) Oh, and the right bearing is kaput.
@  Surturiel : (22 August 2015 - 02:06 PM) I finally lifted my smart. And to my surprise, both front springs, shocks, drop links and ball joints seem to be in good condition! What are NOT good are the top collars. Neither springs are sitting on them. How come?
@  Surturiel : (22 August 2015 - 02:03 PM) Hi, smart owners

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#1 glaughler

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 08:50 PM

Hi,I would like to introduce myself- recently bought an 05 Passion CDI Cabrio; was purchased in Calgary and shipped to Van.Has more options than I thought, including factory CD Changer, Heated Seats, AC, Premium Sound Package- no fog lights.. the original ship note FOB/ FAS Vancouver was included w/ the docs listing all options.It has 76000 kms on the odometer: North Van Mercedes were pretty disappointing as far as support- I had a few questions regarding maintenance- I have no idea what type of a service history this car has- got it as a gift; service adviser said the car is so reliable it will not need anything until 80000 kms. Apparently the electronic service history is not available through Mercedes from another province. Depends on how many G notes you flash I guess...Are there others recommended to service 450's besides Mercedes who are possibly more knowledgeable and less 'Mercedes' like... Not too worried about price, more quality and characterThe car I believe was taken care of, however, as an Alberta vehicle, registered in BC recently I am wondering where to check for rust as well as other cold weather weak spots that wouldn't otherwise appear in Vancouver both mechanically and cosmetically. Would like someone to look at the undercarriage.Very happy with it so far- it's amazing being 6'1'' 210 lbs and being able to sit in this car that feels full size- my cross the bridge commute has since become much more interesting as opposed to driving my ostentatious luxury cars that are now more or less sitting in my garage until the weekend.How do I begin to care for this unconventional masterpiece? Most importantly how do i refill the windshield washer fluid without having a smooth talking Mercedes tech tell me I have to bring it to him how to do it? How disappointing the Mercedes dealership was... How must I care for the side panels without damaging the plastic and paint- what is the right polish to use?Thank you. :D

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#2 Alex

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 08:59 PM

Flying Tiger! Very strong recommendation.

#3 glaughler

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 09:06 PM

Flying Tiger! Very strong recommendation.

Where are they? I have browsed the web and seen that they are in the GVRD. Too lazy to look- enjoying chatting on this forum-will look now- Thanks- anyone else?

#4 glaughler

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 09:12 PM

Where are they? I have browsed the web and seen that they are in the GVRD. Too lazy to look- enjoying chatting on this forum-will look now- Thanks- anyone else?

Can you put a tonneau cover in the rear of a CDI Cabrio?

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 09:20 PM

How do I begin to care for this unconventional masterpiece? Most importantly how do i refill the windshield washer fluid without having a smooth talking Mercedes tech tell me I have to bring it to him how to do it?

See: http://www.evilution.co.uk/271
Sincerely,

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#6 glaughler

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 09:42 PM

See: http://www.evilution.co.uk/271

Thank you.

#7 Mike T

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 10:40 PM

Hi, see if you can add it to our Registry, by letting us know the last 6 numbers of the VIN. We have over three thousand of them registered, so far.Eddy is on the Westminster Highway a couple of km east of the Auto Mall. He is a good guy.Check the undercarriage and under the carpets for rust. If it was winter driven, it could have suffered. At the very least, take the car apartpanels off in the summer and wash it thoroughly, and the underfloor plastic panels too.To refill the washer fluid, use a screwdriver to turn the little slotted bolt in the passenger side vent under the windscreen one wuarter turn, then remove the grille by pulling it towards you. Look inside, at the front of the black plastic block is the filler cap. Grab it and pull hard upwards until the hose comes up to the edge of the aperture, then fill it, re-cap it and push it back home.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 12:10 PM

Consider an extended warranty on your vehicle before it hits the 80000 km. May protect you for awhile since you have no history.
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