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Recently purchased a 1985 230CE. Will need help!

Discussion in 'Engine, Drivetrain, Fuel and Exhaust' started by fredges, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. fredges

    fredges New Member

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    Hello everyone! This is my first post, and I'm happy to be here. I just recently picked up a 1985 230CE, my first Mecedes Benz. I'm quite a novice, and not extremely skilled with a wrench, but I like to think I can accomplish anything if I put my mind to it. That said, I'll probably be posting here often.

    Here are some photos of my car:
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    I live in Seattle, and I flew to San Jose, CA to buy the car, driving it 948 miles home! It's not perfect, but it's coming along as I have time to peck at it. I've been enjoying driving around town, and get compliments every time I take it out.

    It's hard to find information on it, as it's a fuel-injected 4-cylinder, which I believe were not a US car. The European-style bumpers are also a giveaway.

    I'd love to hear anything you have to say about this car! I want to learn all I can about taking care of it myself w(when I can.)

    Thank you!
    -Fred
     
  2. DREAMER NO2

    DREAMER NO2 Senior Member

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    Welcome to the forum,. Very nice W123 .One of the best models mercedes made .My car was a 1993 230e . You only have to ask on the forum if you need help .I only replaced the discs and pads on mine in 4 years of ownership .That was in 2000 .Dont have it now . At the moment my car is the W124 260e 1989 saloon. Enjoy the forum like i do. I have had lots of help over time , and i must say, i have been greatfull for it .
     
  3. SL55 Mark

    SL55 Mark Senior Member

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    Nice car. Welcome Fred. We have family in BC, nice part of the world.
     
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  4. davemercedes

    davemercedes Senior Member

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    Welcome Fred.

    Your car - considering it's over 30 years old is in really great condition -it's obviously led a very sheltered life just like me !

    As Dreamer No 2 said, on this friendly forum you only have to ask and someone is bound to have an answer for you.
     
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    fredges

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    Thanks for the warm welcomes! Just last night I was driving it and the fan/AC belt broke! I was about two blocks form home, so I coasted into the garage, fortunately. It was squeaking pretty bad, and I thought it was simply the cold weather, but upon inspection, I notice the AC compressor pulley doesn't turn, and appears seized. Yikes! I've replaced alternators and such on cars before, so I'm not too worried about doing it myself, but I'm wondering if it's just the clutch on the compressor, or...??? Any advice? I'm pretty sure I can find the part around here, but no idea what it will cost!
     
  6. DavidR

    DavidR Senior Member

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    I *love* the colour of that W123. Normally I couldn't care less what colour a car is but that's fabulous.

    As for the AC compressor. If the clutch had siezed (or the freewheel bearing had siezed), you wouldn't be able to turn the AC off as the pump would be being driven all the time.

    If you cannot move the pulley at all then it sounds rather terminal for the AC compressor, as it means not only is either the clutch or the bearing siezed, but the compressor is too. You should be able to *just about* turn an AC compressor by hand, even when it is engaged. If you can't, it's probably toast.

    Easiest thing to do is have the system de-pressurised by an AC person, change the compressor for a new / known good one and then have it re-gassed and re-oiled.
     
  7. Taffy7hfa

    Taffy7hfa Senior Member

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    Beautiful car , I would love to have one parked on my driveway !
     

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