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20 hours ago, gjm said:

E46 prop centre support bearing replacement.

Easy-as? Or...?

Oh well. Not the support bearing. That's smooth, slick and happy.

The rear UJ on the propshaft is another story... :(

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E46 ant-roll bar links. Swaybar links...

Working with the front wheels driven on to a raised platform so the car is sitting on the wheels, not jacked clear of the ground. I'm told this is the correct way to do this.

Replacing the links. Never found something so easy to see but so tricky to sensibly get tools to!

Bottom nut off. I was told to use 15mm and 16mm spanners/sockets - needed an 18mm on the ball side of the lower mount, and 16mm on the nut.

Now the fun starts. How do I get to the top nut? It sits inboard of the tyre so is inaccessible from the outside, going between the tyre and the wheelarch. And lying on the ground, I can't reach  with both hands to get a spanner on either side of the mount on the shock.

Is the answer to get the wheel off and work from there? It certainly seems it'd be a lot easier!

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Yes @gjm, take the wheels off. The swaybar and links can be installed/removed unloaded, there's no preload involved. With no end links the bar itself should pivot freely in its bushes.

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18 hours ago, M3AN said:

Yes @gjm, take the wheels off. The swaybar and links can be installed/removed unloaded, there's no preload involved. With no end links the bar itself should pivot freely in its bushes.

Thanks Dave. Still a bit of a PITA job with no room to swing a ratchet - constantly fouling on one or another bit of car - and necessitated use of a very slim 18mm spanner I fortunately have.

Jacked up car, removed wheel, positioned axle sand under hub flange, gently lowered car on to axle stand sufficient to unload the link, struggle with the nuts but once released, came apart very easily.
All done. Just need to polish the headlights and go get a WoF retest.

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A question I always wanted to ask... But have been too scared to test out. Googled online but couldn't find an answer. Maybe someone here knows. We have a 2007 Merc with steering column shift. I am wondering if the system is programmed to recognise 'user error' and prevent you from shifting into reverse when you are going above a certain speed. We had a non European rental for a week and now am second guessing everytime I indicate! 

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14 hours ago, C-130 Hercules said:

A question I always wanted to ask... But have been too scared to test out. Googled online but couldn't find an answer. Maybe someone here knows. We have a 2007 Merc with steering column shift. I am wondering if the system is programmed to recognise 'user error' and prevent you from shifting into reverse when you are going above a certain speed. We had a non European rental for a week and now am second guessing everytime I indicate! 

Without any specific knowledge of the car in question, I think that if the shifts are fully controlled by a transmission computer, it will protect against user error. My car is a 2008 model and it will not downshift if making the shift would result in excessive engine rpm. And I have seen a YT video of someone purposefully shifting a reasonably late model Honda (I think) into reverse at 100kph to see what would happen. Nothing happened... the trans did not shift into reverse, and there did not appear to be any ill effects. 

So based on that exhaustive investigation of barely any facts, I think your trans controller should keep you safe. Curiously enough, I find that operating the wipers just before I make a turn doesn't always get me a cheerful wave from other motorists :Angry-min:

Cheers...

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2 minutes ago, jon dee said:

So based on that exhaustive investigation of barely any facts...

The internet wins! :D 

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26 minutes ago, jon dee said:

I find that operating the wipers just before I make a turn doesn't always get me a cheerful wave from other motorists 

Or attempting to do a window wash... 😁 

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Thought I also share this insight with the group. Gathered on a Merc forum. Provides me with reasonable reassurance... 

 

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32 minutes ago, gjm said:

The internet wins! :D 

The internet represents the first phase of AI replacing human intelligence. There are already many millions of people who have made the shift and now allow the internet and socmed to do their thinking for them. The constant burden of having to think for oneself is removed, and there is no longer any need to consider the consequences of ones actions. After all, the internet knows everything there is to know and socmed with its demigods provides the necessary link between the brain dead and the internet. 

When Trump rises again in his final incarnation, the transition to AI will be complete. Hordes of New Age zombies will overrun governments and and like the Mau Mau, using drugs to make themselves invincible, they will sweep the last thinking people aside. 

This is no laughing matter... I saw a video on TikTok that explained it all !!!

Cheers...

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