Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sorting out the Outback

So, I've been delayed in getting back to working on the Mercedes. I've been putting the Outback together, but mostly have been delayed by weather. It's snowed pretty much every weekend for the past month. But, I try to do at least a little something each week.

So far, I've done the following:

  • transmission fluid flush
  • changed front differential fluid
  • changed spark plugs
  • new air filter
  • new PCV valve
  • fixed interior lighting
  • installed stereo from my old car
  • fixed/replaced broken/missing interior trim
  • replaced missing alternator tensioning assembly
  • replaced accessory drive belts
  • replaced valve cover gaskets
  • replaced vehicle speed sensor 2
  • replaced battery
I still have a few more items to take care of, but the weekend weather has slowed me down significantly. But, I'm daily driving the car and am getting closer to having the car caught up on its maintenance items. Once that's done, I'm getting back to work on the diesel. 

Here's a few pictures of this weekend's work (the speed sensor replacement):

I'll leave you with a few videos I've done of some repairs to the Outback:


  1. Do you mind me asking you what junkyard you go to? I've been looking for a good one lately.

    1. Sam's Pull a Part on Granite Street in Worcester. Decent prices and you can pull the parts yourself. Right across the street from the Linders dealership.

    2. Exactly the kind of place I was looking for. Thanks!

    3. You're welcome. Can't recommend the place highly enough.

  2. The speed sensors operation could be observed using a lab scope. While you were at the boneyard, did you get the connector and wire plug that fits into the sensor. If so, you can monitor the ac signal produced by the sensor while the tip of the sensor is placed near a moving target, such as a steel blower wheel spun by hand. Because you live in an area where liberal amounts of salt are deposited on the roads, it could be possible there is corrosion on a terminal connection between the plug and control that receives the signal. How does the electrical connection look inside the sensor where the plug fits. Are the terminals free from oxidation.

    1. The sensor actually has moving parts. It's not just a magnetic pickup. In my case, the path of least resistance is to try the other two spares before getting too scientific about testing it.

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