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Mercedes-Benz 190 W201 (1984-1993) Technical Articles

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Basics & Essentials
Jacking Up Your Benz
Most common tasks need the car to be jacked up in the air. But where should you place the jack, and what is the safest method of lifting it? It's all answered here.
     Applies to: W124 (1985-1995), W126 (1979-1991), W201 (1982-1993), W123 (1975-1986)
Changing Your Oil and Filter
The easiest and cheapest insurance you can buy for your Mercedes-Benz is frequent oil and filter changes. This article shows you just how easy it is.
     Applies to: W124 (1985-1993), W201 (1982-1993)
Drive Belt Replacement
New to working on your car? Not sure where the drive belt is? Check out this simple article.
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1987-1993), 190E 2.3 (1983-1993)
"Basic Maintenance: How to Replace Your Spark Plugs, Wires, Cap and Rotors"
An important part of your yearly maintenance schedule should be the inspection and, if necessary, the replacement of your spark plugs, wires, cap and rotor. This article will walk you through it step-by-step.
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1987-1993), 190E 2.3 (1983-1993), 300E 3.0 (1986-1992), 300E 2.6 (1990-1992)
 Engine
Replacing Your Head Gasket
Replacing your head gasket is one of the biggest jobs you can perform on your Mercedes-Benz. Take your time and follow this step-by-step article to a successful head gasket replacement.
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1987-1993), 190E 2.3 (1983-1993), 300E 3.0 (1986-1992), 300E 2.6 (1990-1992)
Stripping and Repainting Your Valve Cover
Get your Mercedes-Benz looking as good as it is running by refreshing the new look of your valve cover.
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1987-1993), 190E 2.3 (1983-1993), 300E 3.0 (1986-1992), 300E 2.6 (1990-1992)
Belt Tensioner Replacement
Your drive belt runs all the accessories on your car and has be dialed in at the right tension. Make sure yours is running smooth by replacing a faulty tensioner with a new one by following this guide.
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1987-1993), 190E 2.3 (1983-1993), 300E 3.0 (1986-1992), 300E 2.6 (1990-1992)
 Fuel Injection
Replacing Your Fuel Filter
Keep your fuel injectors clean and your engine running smooth by regularly replacing your fuel filter. Follow these instructions for a cleaner running engine.
     Applies to: W124 (1985-1995), W126 (1979-1991), W201 (1982-1993)
Replacing Your Fuel Pumps
Mercedes-Benz engines need constant fuel pressure to run correctly. If your engine is giving you trouble it might be time to replace your fuel pumps. Everything you need to do the job is contained in this article.
     Applies to: W124 (1985-1995), W126 (1979-1991), W201 (1982-1993)
 Water Cooling
Replacing Your Thermostat
If your engine is running too hot or taking too long to warm up, you probably have a bad thermostat. Everything you need to replace it and protect your engine is contained in this article.
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1987-1993), 190E 2.3 (1983-1993)
Radiator Replacement
Radiators are expensive! Don't add to the cost by having someone else replace it. Pelican Parts shows you how with this article.
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1987-1993), 190E 2.3 (1983-1993)
Coolant Flush
Keep your expensive radiator happy and your engine running cool with a simple radiator flush. Everything you need to know is right here.
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1987-1993), 190E 2.3 (1983-1993)
Replacing Your Water Pump
If there is a big puddle of coolant under your car there is a very good chance your water pump has gone bad. Replace it yourself by follow the directions in this article.
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1987-1993), 190E 2.3 (1983-1993), 300E 3.0 (1986-1992), 300E 2.6 (1990-1992)
Replacing Your Heater Core
Musty smell coming from the vents? It might be your heater core. If it is, replace it with Pelicans help in this article.
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1988-1994), 190E 2.3 (1984-1994), 300E 3.0 (1987-1993), 300E 2.6 (1991-1993), W124 (1986-1996), W126 (1980-1992)
A/C Condenser Replacement
Stay cool on those hot summer days by replacing your defective A/C condenser. Follow these instructions and you will be back to driving in a cool car in no time.
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1987-1993), 190E 2.3 (1983-1993)
 Transmission, Clutch, & Axles
Replacing Your Front and Rear Flex Discs
A bad flex disc can cause catastrophic damage. Inspect and replace yours by following this article's instructions.
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1983-1993), 190E 2.3 (1983-1993), W124 (1985-1995), W126 (1979-1991), W201 (1982-1993), W123 (1975-1986)
How to Replace Your Front Wheel Bearings
Hearing a ""humming"" noise coming from the front wheel bearings? Fix the issue here…
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1987-1993), 190E 2.3 (1983-1993), 300E 3.0 (1986-1992), 300E 2.6 (1990-1992), W124 (1985-1995), W126 (1979-1991)
 Brakes
Front Brake Pad Replacement
Don't spend a lot of money by paying someone else to change your front brake pads when Pelican Parts shows you everything you need to Do It Yourself, right here.
     Applies to: 300E 3.0 (1986-1992), 300E 2.6 (1990-1992), W201 (1982-1993)
Rear Brake Pad Replacement
Don't spend a lot of money by paying someone else to change your rear brake pads when Pelican Parts shows you everything you need to Do It Yourself, right here.
     Applies to: W124 (1985-1995), W126 (1979-1991), W201 (1982-1993), W123 (1975-1986)
Replacing Front Rotors and Calipers
Having a shop replace your front rotors and calipers can be very expensive. Save yourself a lot of money by following these step-by-step instructions in this article.
     Applies to: 300E 3.0 (1986-1992), 300E 2.6 (1990-1992), W201 (1982-1993)
Replacing Rear Rotors and Calipers
Having a shop replace your rear rotors and calipers can be very expensive. Save yourself a lot of money by following these step-by-step instructions in this article.
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1983-1993), 190E 2.3 (1983-1993), W124 (1985-1995), W126 (1979-1991), W201 (1982-1993), W123 (1975-1986)
Brake Line Replacement
Brake lines are a very important part of your braking system, they are also exposed to a lot of road debris, heat and weather. Everything you need to inspect and replace your brake lines is right here.
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1983-1993), 190E 2.3 (1983-1993), W124 (1985-1995), W201 (1982-1993)
Bleeding Brakes
Your brake fluid is subject to a lot of heat and pressure, and should be changed once a year. Changing your fluid and bleeding your brakes can be a simple job by following these instructions.
     Applies to: W124 (1985-1993), W126 (1979-1991), W201 (1982-1993), W123 (1977-1986)
Adjusting Your Parking Brake
Adjust your parking brake with help from Pelican.
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1988-1994), 190E 2.3 (1984-1994), 300E 3.0 (1987-1993), 300E 2.6 (1991-1993), W124 (1986-1996), W126 (1980-1992)
Replacing Your Parking Brake Shoes
If adjusting your parking brake didn’t help prevent your car from rolling down that hill, then maybe replacing the parking brake pads would help!
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1988-1994), 190E 2.3 (1984-1994), 300E 3.0 (1987-1993), 300E 2.6 (1991-1993), W124 (1986-1996), W126 (1980-1992)
 Suspension
How to Replace Your Front Struts and Springs
Keep your car from bouncing down the road by replacing your worn struts and springs. We show you how
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1987-1993), 190E 2.3 (1983-1993), 300E 3.0 (1986-1992), 300E 2.6 (1990-1992), W124 (1985-1995), W126 (1979-1991)
Power Steering Flush
Everything you need to know to change your power steering filter and fluid is in this article.
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1987-1993), 190E 2.3 (1983-1993), 300E 3.0 (1986-1992), 300E 2.6 (1990-1992)
Replacing Your Rear Multi-Link Suspension
Overhauling your rear suspension links? Read on inside!
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1987-1993), 190E 2.3 (1983-1993), 300E 3.0 (1986-1992), 300E 2.6 (1990-1992)
How to Replace Your Rear Shocks
Have your rear shocks seen better days? Learn how to replace them with this technical article by Pelican Pparts
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1987-1993), 190E 2.3 (1983-1993), 300E 3.0 (1986-1992), 300E 2.6 (1990-1992), W124 (1985-1995), W126 (1979-1991)
A Simple Guide to Replacing Your Front Wishbone
Need some guidance replacing your front wishbone? Follow the steps outlined in this technical article…
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1988-1994), 190E 2.3 (1984-1994), 300E 3.0 (1987-1993), 300E 2.6 (1991-1993), W124 (1986-1996), W126 (1980-1992)
Replacing Your Rear Lower Control Arm Bushings
Everything you need to know to change your LCA bushings is in this article.
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1988-1994), 190E 2.3 (1984-1994), 300E 3.0 (1987-1993), 300E 2.6 (1991-1993), W124 (1986-1996), W126 (1980-1992)
 Electrical
Replacing Your Steering Wheel Cruise Control and Blinker Stalks
Everything you need to know to change your steering wheel stalks is in this article.
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1988-1994), 190E 2.3 (1984-1994), 300E 3.0 (1987-1993), 300E 2.6 (1991-1993), W124 (1986-1996), W126 (1980-1992)
Replacing Your Ignition Switch and Lock
Need some guidance replacing your ignition switch and lock? Follow the steps outlined in this technical article…
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1988-1994), 190E 2.3 (1984-1994), 300E 3.0 (1987-1993), 300E 2.6 (1991-1993), W124 (1986-1996), W126 (1980-1992)
Instrument Cluster Removal
Replacing your speedometer cable but don't know how to remove the instrument cluster? Follow the steps in this article to get that job done!
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1987-1993), 190E 2.3 (1983-1993), 300E 3.0 (1986-1992), 300E 2.6 (1990-1992), W124 (1985-1995), W126 (1979-1991)
 Body & Interior
Removing Your Front Door Panels
The front doors contain a lot of parts that see a lot of wear and eventually will start to give you problems. If you find yourself needing to work on your door locks, stays, seat switches or window regulators you will need to get the door panels off to get access. Everything you need to do it right is right here.
     Applies to: W201 (1991-1993)
Removing Your Rear Door Panels
The rear doors contain a lot of parts that see a lot of wear and eventually will start to give you problems. If you find yourself needing to work on your door locks, stays, seat switches or window regulators you will need to get the door panels off to get access. Everything you need to do it right is right here.
     Applies to: W201 (1982-1993)
Front Window Regulator Replacement
If you are having trouble raising or lowering your front windows, then there is a good chance your regulators are going bad. You can easily replace them yourself with this step-by-step article.
     Applies to: W201 (1982-1993)
Rear Window Regulator Replacement
If you are having trouble raising or lowering your rear windows, then there is a good chance your regulators are going bad. You can easily replace them yourself with this step-by-step article.
     Applies to: W201 (1982-1993)
Front Bumper Removal
Working on your radiator or A/C condenser may involve removing the front bumper. It is easy and simple to do by following these step-by-step instructions.
     Applies to: W201 (1982-1993)
Replacing Your Exterior Door Handles
No single part on your Mercedes-Benz gets more work than the door handles. We will show you how to easily service, maintain and replace them.
     Applies to: W201 (1982-1993)
Replacing Your Door Stays
Door stays wear out. Don't let yours break and cause further damage to your Mercedes-Benz. You can easily replace them yourself by following the steps laid out in this article.
     Applies to: W201 (1982-1993)
Central Locking Rear Door Vacuum Element Replacement
If you are driving a 190E, you already know about the issues with failing rear door locks. You can replace the vacuum solenoid and get those doors opening again in no time by following this article.
     Applies to: W201 (1982-1993)
Front Door Latch and Vacuum Solenoid Replacement
If you are driving a 190E, you already know about the issues with failing front door locks. You can replace the vacuum solenoid and latch and get those doors opening again in no time by following this article.
     Applies to: W201 (1982-1993)
Replacing Your Speedometer Cable
In this article, Pelican shows you how to replace the speedometer cable in your w201
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1987-1993), 190E 2.3 (1983-1993), 300E 3.0 (1986-1992), 300E 2.6 (1990-1992), W124 (1985-1995), W126 (1979-1991)
Removing Your Center Console
Don't spend a lot of money by paying someone else to remove your center console when Pelican Parts shows you everything you need to Do It Yourself, right here.
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1988-1994), 190E 2.3 (1984-1994), 300E 3.0 (1987-1993), 300E 2.6 (1991-1993), W124 (1986-1996), W126 (1980-1992)
Removing the Dashboard
Tackling the dreaded heater core article? Pelican shows you the "way" in this article.
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1988-1994), 190E 2.3 (1984-1994), 300E 3.0 (1987-1993), 300E 2.6 (1991-1993), W124 (1986-1996), W126 (1980-1992)
Replacing the Ignition Tumbler
If you are having trouble with your ignition tumbler, you can easily replace it yourself with this step-by-step article.
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1988-1994), 190E 2.3 (1984-1994), 300E 3.0 (1987-1993), 300E 2.6 (1991-1993), W124 (1986-1996), W126 (1980-1992)
How to Remove Your Steering Wheel
If you've bought a spiffy new MOMO steering wheel for your 190E and want to install it but don't know where to begin, read this article first.
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1988-1994), 190E 2.3 (1984-1994), 300E 3.0 (1987-1993), 300E 2.6 (1991-1993), W124 (1986-1996), W126 (1980-1992)
Replacing Your Vacuum Supply Pump
Pelican shows you how easy it is to replace that faulty vacuum pump in your 190E with this article…
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1988-1994), 190E 2.3 (1984-1994), 300E 3.0 (1987-1993), 300E 2.6 (1991-1993), W124 (1986-1996), W126 (1980-1992)
Replacing Your Trunk Lock Vacuum Actuator
Is the trunk lock in your 190E no long responsive when locking your car? It might be the lock actuator. Pelican shows you how to replace it with this article.
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1988-1994), 190E 2.3 (1984-1994), 300E 3.0 (1987-1993), 300E 2.6 (1991-1993), W124 (1986-1996), W126 (1980-1992)
Basic Maintenance: The W201 Sunroof
Sunroof not closing as quick anymore? Hearing a crunching sound? Need to find the procedure on how to adjust it? Read more here!
     Applies to: 190E 2.6 (1988-1994), 190E 2.3 (1984-1994), 300E 3.0 (1987-1993), 300E 2.6 (1991-1993), W124 (1986-1996), W126 (1980-1992)
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