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  1. Looks like the Merc is getting there slowly. Work is dragging a bit than I anticipated. Engine and all interior parts are out for a fresh paint job. Attending to rust spots before the full paint job. I might need to find a plastic cluster cover because the existing one has a small crack.


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    2. PerfMad


      exactly. My father-in-law always says that mercs which were built after 90's are crap. because that's where all the electronics came into action, things got complicated and expensive to repair and a nightmare for the owners. and unlike the w123, this is suitable for every generation as by doing a simple alloywheel swap it could give a look of a teenager car to a old person car. its that easy.

    3. □AVANTE□


      Electronics are vital for modern cars but merc just does it wrong..Carthrottle did a video on an early 2000's S-class they got for £1000 & while it's a dream, the mechanic himself deemed it's "uneconomical to repair"..who wants a merc than you can't keep for a long time? W115 & W123s broke records for crying out loud.

      Same has happened to Alfa romeo, Peugeot, BMW which were 90's legends and sadly now the time for modern Hondas is up & is time to join that list.

    4. PerfMad


      true that.. now adays all car manufacturers focus is not on vehicle selling market but the parts market. So i believe mercs stood in that line before the others may be.🤞

  2. PerfMad

    Steering Rack Limiter

    Knowing Swifts are prone to have rack issues by its design, i would suggest you not to go ahead. However, at the end of the day its ur vehicle and ur money which is on the line. If you have enough money to replace it, then why bother
  3. If its just the radiator cap which was faulty i think the price is bit higher. I replaced mine but costed me only 750 LKR. Anyways, glad you were able to resolve your issue. Happy motoring
  4. glad you were able to fix it. Was it just the radiator cap or top which was leaking?
  5. I have no idea about repair location around Matara. But do you see visible leak in radiator or related hose? If the radiator is leaking then any 'radiator house' shop can do the fixing. Better do a proper pressure test and then fix the leak. First try to identify the leak
  6. I'm searching for Honda City 2001 windscreen cowl clips. Does anybody knows where I can source it locally?

    Given below is for your reference.

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    2. Dee Jay

      Dee Jay

      Try checking Link Enterprises in Jubilee post if you are around Nugegoda area. They have many of the clips you need at a very cheap price. Be sure to take a specimen with you

    3. PerfMad


      some are cracked due to heat.. so wanted to replace them to look like new.. do you think darley road shops may have em?

    4. PerfMad


      @Dee Jay thanks. Nugegoda is closer to me.

  7. My advice drive the car and check your coolant level daily and keep track on it. If its loosing coolant you will identify it since you will see coolant marks. However, as per your explanation you have (previous owner) replaced the top radiator tank which fixed the issue. At times its also advised to change the radiator cap along with it (with the correct pressure cap). There is another tank located in the bottom of the radiator, if you are coolant level is reducing, start the car and check for leaks in radiator cap, coolant hoses and bottom tank. If there is any leak it should be quite easy to identify due to coolant colour. Keep us posted on the findings. Make sure to check coolant daily to avoid any bigger repairs and happy motoring!!
  8. true that. Make sure you take all ur meals packed if possible take a portable chair as well
  9. This is the place https://www.google.lk/maps/@6.9671699,79.9079507,3a,75y,328.9h,79.16t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1snUOb0Ax5Kcu42UxHRP8k3Q!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en his contact no - 072 214 2143 (if you are going better go in the morning and stay there and get it sorted, otherwise it will take ages to get ur car as he is a busy person)
  10. im suspecting the crank position sensor as well. If you pay a visit to Ravi (kelaniya) he should have plenty of parts to swap and verify.
  11. Guess what... My father-in-law is secretly restoring a W124 :girl_in_love: :D yesterday he took me to show that it got a good 5 cylinder engine and has not been used much so as per him engine is in good condition.. Only some of the body parts needs bit of attention and its been taken care by the tinker after everything is done, going to do a full paint job after rust proofing..  

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    2. PerfMad


      @□AVANTE□ yeah same here. i think there is a different version which comes with turbo. But the one which we are restoring and the one my father-in-law owns both are 5 cylinders but non-turbo variants 

    3. alds


      The best looking merc IMO. There's one for sale on my way to work begging for a good restoration but this is one of those "aasai bayai" cases for me. :D


    4. PerfMad


      @alds do you have any pics ? if the motor and interior is in good shape then the rest is pretty straight forward. I've found couple of shops who has full car for parts too if needed :D


  12. Gonna check on a Merc this weekend (if time permits). Let's see whether it will turn me ON 😂😋:car-smiley-001:

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    2. PerfMad


      @tiv same old W124 :D 

    3. tiv


      All the best! 

    4. PerfMad


      if not, this time i'm gonna restore one :D $matters though 

  13. What should be the charging voltage range without load and with load??

    1. tiv


      Range total 13.8 to 14.2 max 

      14.2 under no load with a large alternator for a dual battery setup or dual ac setup, above mostly in diesels 

      14 to 14.1 in a relatively small car alternator, non hybrids 

      13.8 with factory load, mostly in all setups 

      13.4 with large non factory sound system with normal load

      13.2 and below alternator most likely faulty or loose belt 


      But mind u newer cars have alternator clutches that disengage and engage alternator with load and battery status so this is not fully reliable, also ISG units in Suzukis do the opposite and go to 11.9 in load as it propels the engine and goes to 13.8 to 14.2 whilst idling. Hybrids and electric cars run at a much lower voltage and narrow range and rarely touches 13v 12.5 to 12.8 mostly  

    2. Hyaenidae


      I'll check tomorrow

      If I remember correctly it was about 14.4ish w/o load

    3. PerfMad


      well mine was reading around 13.7 ish (if im not mistaken) with load (lights and AC) my garage said charging system is fine. But one battery shop said battery is good but charging system is performing low under load. So looking at ur answers, my charging system seems to be working fine.

      Battery is a exide and 2.8 years OLD now

  14. PerfMad

    Is Honda city a good vehicle to buy?

    hell yah. im using 2 of these 2001 and 2004 models for 5+ years now. very reliable and fuel efficient cars
  15. Getting a suspension noise when I go through pot holes. Any idea why? All four shocks were replaced 6 months ago and still the noise is same (just the shocks were replaced + rear linkages) but noise is still there

    Vehicle : Honda City (SX8) 2001

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    2. PerfMad


      @Dee Jay true that FDs are way more comfy than other civics i must say. Having a better suspension should ideally help steering. How come its tighter than its used to be ?

    3. Dee Jay

      Dee Jay

      Yes @PerfMad suspension helps steering and stability of the vehicle! 

      But, I have heard the same from others who have had their steering racks repaired. Maybe once they refurbish all the bushings and electric motors of the rack, it cannot be restored to factory spec. The garage that did the repair said it is normal for it to be tighter and that it will get normal once it gets used. However, even after a year the steering is not as it was prior to the repair and still tight. This stiffness can be felt straight away when I drive another car!

      When it comes to steering rack maybe replacing with a recon or brand new one might be the best thing. However, suspension noise wise repairing works. Don't know for how long though..

    4. alpha17


      @PerfMad As I’ve heard, the refurbishment of the steering rack is not a solution. I also had my rack repaired by a well known place, which they did the bushing and necessary adjustments to the rack but the same steering rack sound was heard after 3-4 months. Most people said that repairing is not the solution but replacement is. Sold the car as it was.