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Emerging from hibernation

Discussion in 'Mercedes Goods on eBay' started by McDonald, Feb 24, 2018.

  1. McDonald

    McDonald Senior Member

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    I tucked my car up for the winter in mid-October and have pined quietly all winter. I intend to bring it out in mid march if the weather seems suitable. I over inflated the tyres by 50% and plugged in a trickle charger and walked away.
    My plan is to buy four new tyres (Continental) and submit it to my local dealer for MOT. They've offered to do it for £20.00 as the car is 14 yrs old.
    I imagine the car will happily pick up where it left off, but any tips on awakening the beast gently will be most welcome.
     
  2. mikestrivens

    mikestrivens Senior Member

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    These cars are better used than putting into hibernation. However, you need to get all the fluids circulating, especially the air con as this hates not being used - the seals dry up then you lose the air con fluid. Take it for a drive, make sure everything works. Get it MOT'd and use it.
     
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    McDonald Senior Member

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    Thanks Mike, I've heard that before but ice, grit & muck don't seem like the natural habitat for this car. I have no reluctance to use it, I enjoy every minute driving it but it's a sunshine car. Short of moving to California, a winter under wraps still seems like a plan.
    I live a few miles south of Guildford, so any recommendations for a Mercedes specialist in my region would be useful.
     
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    mikestrivens Senior Member

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    I know what you mean. I use my R129 during the winter but only on dry roads. Others will help with indies near Guildford. Or put your postcode into the specialist finder below.
     
  5. Chrishazle

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    I tuck my 968 cab up after our club meet in mid December, do not over-inflate the tyres, do connect the battery conditioner (as I do whenever she's in her garage). When I finally fire her up, she fires up first time, OK the auto transmission can take up to a minute to get active - but other than that she's fine! Been doing this for quite a few years now with the cab and the coupe before that, not had a problem (touches wood rapidly!!).
     
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    You over inflated the tyres to prevent them flatting...but why bother...you're changing them?
     
  7. robparker

    robparker Senior Member Authorised Forum Supporter

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    Planning to awaken two of mine this month for the same reason. I did nothing except keep the batteries topped up and plan to do nothing except drive them
     
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    PCS (Prestige Car Services) at Horndean is around 30 minutes away from you straight down the A3.

    Good lads who know what they're doing.
     
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    I drive my Ponton when dry, 120 miles last weekend.
     
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    Ditto.

    My 129 wintered is wintering in France and when we were over in Jan fired her up first turn of the key. Gave her 5 minutes to settle and pump oil about and then took her for a drive (dry roads). Brought her back, reconnected charger and she's waiting for the next visit in Easter where I'll repeat. Looking forward to some nice days in May to take her for a decent run :)
     
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    Put some decent tyres on it Goodyear "Eagle Assymetric 3" or EfficientGrip will give a much better and quieter ride than any Conti
     
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    +1 to JBell's comment re GY vs Contis, after experiences with Contis on my 968 coupe years ago and S204 more recently, I would not touch Contis as they're too noisy, I have GY 17" Eagle F1's on the 204 and 16" Efficientgrips on the 968 cab (16" not available in Eagles when the 968 needed tyres) and am really happy with them.
     
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    By the way, both my 450SEL and 300SL started first time and ran perfectly after their 4 and 5 month winter rests..
     
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    I wouldn't put Conti on my wheel barrow...................
     
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    That reminds me , I might take the winters off my wheel barrow next week . Might try some all seasons on it then to save the changeover :D
     
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