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  1. M119

    Clutch/gearbox weirdness

    I must admit that my driving is very smooth or even sedate. I never ever downshift coming to a stop. I also thought about a rear main seal leak soaking the clutch and causing the juddering when launching the car in 1st from a rest. PS : I feel so stupid, the "click" in the pedal was my...
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    Clutch/gearbox weirdness

    It only jitters while i slowly release the clutch, never with the foot off the clutch pedal. Maybe a warped clutch disc ? would a warped disc cause clutch grab ?
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    Clutch/gearbox weirdness

    Thanks for the info, i won't be able to do this job myself since i don't have access to a lift anymore. It's reassuring to know that the gearbox probably doens't have to be removed and that the clutch is probably ok. If the shop confirms that the problem is either/both bad cylinders i'll ask...
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    Clutch/gearbox weirdness

    I just checked the brake fluid and it is above the max mark, it is completely full. It also looks dark...
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    What are you listening to right now?

    That's what i always thought!
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    Clutch/gearbox weirdness

    Yes the clicking noise and feel seems more pronounced when the engine's off. The brake fluid level never drops. Let's say i'm cruising in 4th at 70km/h at 2000 rpm and push the clutch in and go into neutral long enough for the engine revs to drop back to idle. If i want to engage any gear, i...
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    Clutch/gearbox weirdness

    My 98 C180.
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    Clutch/gearbox weirdness

    Maybe this is the source of the annoying noise i get when releasing the clutch too fast or when i abruptly release the gas pedal. It sounds quite metallic and i think they're also some kind of barely audible clicking/rattle that i thought was a lifter noise for months. If only it was easier to...
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    Clutch/gearbox weirdness

    Another transmission problem. When i push the clutch pedal, i can now feel and hear a "click" which makes the car even more annoying to drive. Another thing i notice is that when i fully depress the clutch, i have to bring the RPM up to be able to engage the appropriate gear (engine idling while...
  10. M119

    Intake valves deposits, Gas vs Diesel

    Some very interesting reading for me tonight, thanks guys. Just started reading the first link from circuitsmith and i remember that my intake valves looked pretty carboned up, i couldn't see the metal at all on the valves and intake ports looking through the injectors hole with a flashlight...
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    Intake valves deposits, Gas vs Diesel

    But they still have a breather that send blow by and vapors back in the intake, at least all the diesels i had or worked on.
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    Intake valves deposits, Gas vs Diesel

    I have a hard time understanding why carbon build ups are a problem on modern direct injection gasoline engines but not in diesels. I understand that there's no fuel constantly washing the valves but diesels are the same and this problem doesn't seem to appear or only marginally. I never heard...
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    Why so short?

    I do every 8k kms (5k miles) and it is usually every 3 months. While my owner's manual recommends a 15k kms OCI i just don't feel like following it since other cars with the same engine recommend a 10k kms or even 5k kms severe OCI. Maybe 15k could be doable with such a big sump and modern...
  14. M119

    cars with high mileage

    Not as big a mileage as some of you guys but at nearly 500k kms my W124 (originally my parents car) only had oil changes every 10/15k kms with 10w40 or 15w40 cheap stuff. It had a few sets of pads and rotors, all four struts, at least one bearing, flex discs, maybe a CV joint too and that's all...
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    Eddie Van Halen RIP. Dead at age 65

    I'm a rock guitarist (and sell and repair guitars at a shop as a job) and Eddie is my biggest influence. He is the reason i play music and i ripped off 80% of his playing and tone. I couldn't sleep when i first heard the main riff from Unchained at age 16 (10 years ago). Same thing with Mean...
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    PUP burner

    This is strange because i have the same issue with the Shell Helix Ultra 5w30 i use as well as the 5w40 version in a car i service. Looks like SOPUS did something to their formulations. I am torn between going back to either a thick 5w40 or another 5w30 like Total Quartz Ineo or Mobil 1 ESP.
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    obsolete oil grades

    I've heard that API SN/SN+/SP mandates the use or grp 2 even for conventional and blends. Is it possible that 10w40 oils are now a grp 2 and 3 blend even in Europe ? The specs such as MB 229.3 seem too high to be met by a grp 1 base. I've also heard about Shell using GTL in blends and even dino.
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    obsolete oil grades

    I don't know what's obsolete about 10w40, here it is one of the only choices available if you don't want a full synthetic since all 10w40 are a blend and it always carries specs such as ACEA A3/B4, API SN/CF, MB 229.3, VW 502/505 etc and they are always updated. I think it is still the most...
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