New brake pads & shoes

PART FOUR: Rob Hawkins ticks off sev­eral jobs this month, but soon dis­cov­ers more to add to the list.

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Project Mercedes-benz E320 Cdi -

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the same ap­plies to fix­ing a project car. Ap­par­ently sim­ple and straight­for­ward jobs can get drawn out once you start work, and in­ves­ti­gat­ing one prob­lem of­ten leads to a whole string of other is­sues. For in­stance, we ini­tially thought the brakes on our Mercedes were in good shape, only to dis­cover the front pads were worn and the rear hand­brake shoes were cracked, so we’ve now re­newed them at our lo­cal spe­cial­ist, Tasker and Lacy of Leeds. The rust around the wiper sur­round of the rear tail­gate could have been fixed with a sec­ond­hand tail­gate for around £125, but we de­cided to try a cheaper so­lu­tion by sim­ply re­mov­ing the rust, treat­ing the bare metal and painting over it with Frost’s POR15.

The smelly in­te­rior has been cured with an air-con­di­tion­ing bomb and a scrub of the car­pets with a cleaning so­lu­tion. We also loaded the rear with conifers that needed trans­port­ing to the tip, but they didn’t re­fresh the in­te­rior as well as the bomb!

So we had been feel­ing con­fi­dent that the jobs list for our Mercedes was get­ting shorter as more items were ticked off. That was un­til we dis­cov­ered a wor­ry­ing prob­lem… It first emerged when floor­ing the throt­tle – the gear­box would kick down a gear, but the en­gine wouldn’t ac­cel­er­ate smoothly. In­stead it seemed to lurch like a kan­ga­roo and hes­i­tate. We’ve ex­plored this prob­lem a lit­tle fur­ther by plug­ging in di­ag­nos­tic equip­ment, which is out­lined in de­tail this month. Hope­fully we’ll be able to re­solve it, but need some more miles and fault code log­ging first. And talk­ing of more miles, the magic 200,000 has just ap­peared on the odome­ter.

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