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Old 07-17-2019, 12:16 PM   #11
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Default Re: Road trip preparation, what spares/tools to take?

A cheap eBay adaptor cable will most likely let you connect to the engine ECU but no other module so if all else fails would be better than nothing! And you could still get one in time!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mercedes-...MAAMXQeW5TaMgY

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Old 07-17-2019, 02:49 PM   #12
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Either of those 2 sensors will leave you dead in the water. And you really shouldn't drive with no fan belt even though it won't technically leave you stranded like the other two. Any of these can be easily replaced at the side of the road within 30 mins using basic tools. Don't ask how I know that.
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I carry those sensors.

The proper mode would be to swap in the new parts and carry the removed in service parts as spares.

A few reasons.
It verifies the replacements as correct and working.
You will then know what is needed and how to change the parts.
Removed fasteners can be greased for next removal.
The crank sensor has history of corroding and being difficult to remove. Prior change out allows that to be greased before installation.

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Old 07-17-2019, 04:11 PM   #13
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Default Re: Road trip preparation, what spares/tools to take?

One item that I would include would be self fusing rescue tape for on the road turbo hose repairs

Rescue Tape Self-fusing Silicone Tape (Clamshell White, 1-Inch by 12-Feet) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001JT0ET8..._jPZlDb4NDNCK0

I’ve used this product in a pinch with good temporary results
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Great stuff thank you everyone.
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Old 07-17-2019, 09:18 PM   #15
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A cheap eBay adaptor cable will most likely let you connect to the engine ECU but no other module so if all else fails would be better than nothing! And you could still get one in time!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mercedes-...MAAMXQeW5TaMgY

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I have found a better cable courtesy of the forum...

https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...82&postcount=9

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That's great thank you Keith I'll order one when we get back, providing we make it back!
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Old 07-18-2019, 12:43 PM   #17
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There are cables on eBay for $5 or so.
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Old 07-18-2019, 01:44 PM   #18
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A transmission dip stick is nice, especially for peace of mind or ruling out a problem.

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Old 07-18-2019, 01:48 PM   #19
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There are cables on eBay for $5 or so.
Yes, BUT all the 'cheap' cables have only four pins populated so can only access the engine ECU. These AliExpress cables have ALL pins populated so are far more useful.

This is a technical drawing for a 'cheap' cable'...

14 Pin MB to 16 Pin OBD Cable.jpg

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That diagram is pretty interesting, maybe I can bodge my own cable if all else fails. As an aside, I spotted one of these scanners today, any good for the sprinter (providing I had an adapter)? They are pretty cheap!
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