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Old 03-22-2020, 02:40 AM   #31
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Inspiring undertaking and work ethic simpa02.

The dash paint looks awesome and adding thinsulate in there is a great idea. An R&R of my dash/HVAC ducting is on my list as part of my own rebuild, but I am a bit hesitant to start pulling of all of those parts.

A second on the additional weather stripping around the doors. I did the same thing on mine using this https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0733RSNWM...ing=UTF8&psc=1

Thanks for the kind words. Itís a fun journey!

For the dash ó you got this! It was actually quite a bit easier than I thought. Most parts are fairly obvious, but it really helps to have a place to set them all out so you can see them all. One thing that helped me: all the screws were the same size and length, which meant I could just put them in the same box for safe keeping.

That D profiled weather stripping looks great!
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Old 03-22-2020, 10:06 PM   #32
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On the steering wheel, recommend a leather Wheelskinz cover after spraying the airbag cover with SEM Color Coat. I need to touch up the latter, but did both nearly 10 years ago to my '02.
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Old 03-25-2020, 03:59 PM   #33
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Forgot to mention that a few weeks ago I got the SRS light to stay off! The seat belt retractor has a rubbed through wire. I crimped and heat shrinked it, and cleared the SRS code (5-064) with my AP200. Been off for a few hundred miles now!

Went under the van and realized the parking brake cable had a lot of slack in it. So thaaaats why the parking brake doesn't work! Hooked up the parking brake (disconnected at the handle in the cab) and it didn't budge. I figured it was rusted to bits like many others. But I took a look and it really didn't seem too bad. I sprayed some Kano Kroil in the assembly and waited a few hours. Came back, sprayed some more and went to work with a rubber hammer. It loosened up quite easily! While I had the van jacked, I made sure the rest of the unseen members of the parking brake assembly worked, by engaging and unengaging the brake and spinning the rear wheels by hand. All systems go!

Also, for the past few weeks I've been imagining hearing some noise from the rear shock area. So, before I replaced them I made sure they were up to service manny spec. They weren't. I tightened them and wow, no noise from back there! The van has honestly gotten SO much quieter. Im really glad :)

Also last weekend, I finally got around to replacing the rear axle seal leak. It was slow, but steady. I'm really focused on this being a reliable van, and I want to do everything I can to make it as slick as possible. It went great, thanks to a quality write up here (in the NVC3 section. NVC3's and T1N's have the same/v similar rear hubs). I feel like a real mechanic!

Somewhere in there I bought an air impact driver and a set of 1/2 drive sockets. Felt like a good time for a quarantine gift to myself :)

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After! (Yes, I re-lubed, greased, and applied RTV in the appropriate places)

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Stay organized folks!

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On the steering wheel, recommend a leather Wheelskinz cover after spraying the airbag cover with SEM Color Coat. I need to touch up the latter, but did both nearly 10 years ago to my '02.
Is this something you guys did yourself? Looks a lot better than the slip on covers I have been using. Where did you get them from? Easy to do?
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Per above, believe I ordered it direct from https://wheelskins.com/ for around $60. Comes with thread and a needle, laces up over the stock wheel in about an hour. Much more finished look than the slip over covers, and is real leather so feels good and holds up.
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I looked at the Wheelskin - it is nice, but expensive. Local junkyard wanted $75 for a wheel that was just as bad as my filthy FedEx one. ECS tuning sells a brand new OEM one for $105. Apparently these were used on other Mercedes as well (presumably the air bag is Sprinter specific due to the steering wheel angle). I now have a brand new OEM wheel.
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