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nifaron
09-01-2013, 09:07 PM
Long store short: Bought a 2005 140WB Passenger from a dealer in Montana, who had recently purchased it on auction from Las Vegas. Last week I put two of my brothers in a one-way rental car and had them pick it up, and take a week-long road trip thru Yellowstone, Devil's Tower, and Mount Rushmore. It performed flawlessly - averaging 21-25mpg in the mountains. They arrived last night at about 11:30PM, 10 minutes after nearly being hit head-on by someone who decided to drive the wrong direction on the divided highway.

I've taken a few short trips and have been extremely impressed with the power and handling... even with a stiff wind it feels great on the highway.

- Changed the oil with Mobil 1 0W40 and a MANN filter - easy!

- Changed the cabin air filter with a MANN - not hard once you find the rear clip!

- Tried to change the fuel filter, but turns out that the MANN filter that Amazon thinks fits, doesn't. They claim a 843/13 fits, but the connections are different. Shall I try the 843/23?

- Replaced the turbo resonator with the eliminator tube - not too difficult. There was a slight bit of oil in the hose that attaches - should I be worried?

- Having a little trouble understanding the central locks - this morning when I went to take Mrs. and the kids on our first drive the side door wouldn't unlock or open... I tried the switch on the dash, and to use the key in the door - no luck. Nothing. Ended up starting it, driving, then shutting it off and then the door unlocked and would open. Help!

- Any recommendations on replacing the coolant? I doubt it's been done recently, and would like to know where I'm starting from. I presume a flush is a big no-no?

- I only received 1 key - looks like I need to buy blanks and find a shop that'll cut them. Any tips?

I'll post more as I get into this thing the rest of the week. Thanks all!

Aaron in Iowa

John484
09-01-2013, 09:50 PM
There are several threads here about key replacements, check them out. The gist of all of them is that you will have to do some searching for a locksmith to clone you a new key. Should cost between $40-$90 or so. Open the phone book and start looking for german or MB specialists, they are the ones who will know who has the gear to do it. If you want a new fob, you have to give MB a few hunfred bucks, I think.
I cant help on the door locks as I have driven 3 TiNs and have no freaking idea how the locks work. Just when I think I have it mastered, I dont. The owners manual is vague about many of the features of these vehicles, it mentions info in passing that gives no help in a practical manner. I have no idea how the salesmen who sold these things new played it off on the car lot when 2 or more grown humans were pulling on door handles like monkees. Not much help I know but really I just wanted to vent about the locks!
J

skydiver007
09-02-2013, 04:10 PM
You should do a flush and then replace coolant with G05 available at NAPA and other places. I also have a problem with the side door locking every once in a while. The locks electrical connections are in the door, if the door is not closed all the way or the contacts are not clean, the locks will not work.

I went to the dealer and ordered a new key for $45.00. All I needed was the VIN and proof of ownership. When the key came in, I took the van and for $90 they programmed it into the system. This is just a key with a transponder, not a remote FOB. The FOB would cost a lot more.

NelsonSprinter
09-02-2013, 05:35 PM
Long store short: - Tried to change the fuel filter, but turns out that the MANN filter that Amazon thinks fits, doesn't. They claim a 843/13 fits, but the connections are different. Shall I try the 843/23?
I assume you mis typed and you got the WK 842/13 which fits 2001-2003 with OM612 engine.
The WK 842/23 will fit the 2004-2006 models

- Replaced the turbo resonator with the eliminator tube - not too difficult. There was a slight bit of oil in the hose that attaches - should I be worried?
A little oil is common in the air charged areas, no worries.


- Any recommendations on replacing the coolant? I doubt it's been done recently, and would like to know where I'm starting from. I presume a flush is a big no-no?

Drain all coolant, fill with distilled water and run the engine 1 minute then drain again, fill with 50/50 new G05 coolant.
- I only received 1 key - looks like I need to buy blanks and find a shop that'll cut them. Any tips?

Aaron in Iowa

Any large locksmith can cut a key with a microchip and program the microchip to have the same signal as your original, but none can program a fob with central locks, that's a $300 dealer purchase.

FFR5445
09-02-2013, 07:13 PM
This is the fuel filter I used on my 2006 T1N. It worked great.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001DRJNLQ/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1

FWIW I don't understand my power locks either. Every time I stop I have to hit the button twice and I still haven't figured out if it's better to hit the top or the bottom of the toggle.

BaywoodBill
09-03-2013, 02:18 AM
Our 2005 has temperamental lock on the sliding door. The body manual (available on this site) describes how to take it apart and look at it. I have looked in the manual and lookede at the outside of the lock but haven't undertaken any disassembly. If it keeps working, even though temperamental, I will bypass trying to see if I can fix it.

nifaron
09-03-2013, 02:45 AM
Thanks all!

Used a Lisle trim tool and was able to remove the sliding door panel. Seems the mechanism _may_ have just been sticky - cleaned them with carb & choke cleaner, then applied a light lube, and thus far it seems to work perfectly. I'd previously cleaned the electrical contacts which were very dirty, but with no improvement.

Replaced a missing front mud flap screw - for the record it's a #14 x 3/4 T-30 torx. I couldn't find a torx screw that size locally, so I settled with a stainless steel philips head of the same size. Works nicely. My OCD made me replace the one on the other side to match...

Removed the chrome grill trim and black goo in anticipation of the Benz grill coming later this week... took the opportunity to vac out the radiator while I was at it.

I've found several pieces that are broken or missing that I'd like to replace. I've attached photos and I'd be grateful for any links to sources for replacements...

Took an evening drive tonight that involved a steep incline... I love this beast!

Thanks all!
Aaron in Iowa

FFR5445
09-03-2013, 04:07 AM
Sliding side window! Nice score! Lets see some pictures of that rig.

Most of those parts you'll have to get from a dealer. You can download a parts manual here:

http://aie-services-2.net/Sprinter/

John484
09-04-2013, 12:06 AM
FWIW I don't understand my power locks either. Every time I stop I have to hit the button twice and I still haven't figured out if it's better to hit the top or the bottom of the toggle.

Thank you! The criteria for when up or down should be used is always changing. I think I have come to peace with the other functions of the lock system, and fwiw I think it some positive merits. Except for that damn central switch.

nifaron
09-07-2013, 10:01 AM
Sliding side window! Nice score! Lets see some pictures of that rig.

Most of those parts you'll have to get from a dealer. You can download a parts manual here:

http://aie-services-2.net/Sprinter/

Thanks! Which file is the part manual? I download them all for future reading...

Thanks!
Aaron

swami29
09-07-2013, 02:08 PM
John484 :Love your comment about the 2+ humans running around the vehicle pulling the door handles like monkeys. This was my exact scenario when I was purchasing my 2004 last winter in Minneapolis. First It would unlock then it would`nt etc etc etc. Hilarious. Got the vehicle back, pulled off the panels,completely cleaned and lubed. All`s fine for now. Actually think the monkeys might be insulted.