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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-01-2006, 12:31 AM
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i'm the new owner of a burgundy FWB with 90 000 miles. the previous owner babied this car beyond belief. when i came to pickup the car he was even polishing the emblems with chrome polish and a cotton swab. I plan on keeping this thing beautiful as well as doing a few mods for hp and looks. will post pics soon. actually i don't even know how to post pics yet.

I am encountering a few problems with the car i would like to fix myself and need a little guidance.

1) all of a sudden the fuel guage is always indicating full. used to function but now is always illuminated as full. any thoughts on where to start?

2) When rolling down the front windows the seal on the inside folds over and bogs the window motor down to the point where it stops completely. has this happen to anyone else? possibly just need to buy new inside seals?

3)my rear air bags are leaking causing the air compressor to run quite frequently. can the air compressor be shut off temporarily until i can fix the leak so it does not burn out? is this reccommended???

any help would be greatly appreciated.

jon
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-01-2006, 07:20 AM
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Hi Jon,

Congrats on your new purchase and welcome. You are not too far from me in the Hamilton area.

I am also a newbe and don't know enough about the cars to answer your questions, but these guys sure can shed some light on your problems.
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-01-2006, 09:43 AM
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Welcome Jon....

Congrats on your new ride!!!

1) sounds like you need the fuel sending unit in the tank. Seems like quite a few people have had issues with these senders. I recently gave up trying to guess how much fuel i had intmy car and replaced mine...

2) I never heard of this problem before where the seal folded in. My glass would bind up on my track and i just lubed the seal with a track grease from mercedes and problem solved...

3)you could disconnect the little arm on the rear axle and let it hang down this way the car will think its up and not turn on the compressor... Or disconnect the relay next to the compressor located behind the front bumper on the left side...

Enjoy the car man...
 
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-01-2006, 11:30 AM
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Just pull green 30amp Fuse #9 from block on rear pass. side of engine comp. until you find the broke hose, broke hardline or holed bladder in your shock. Do search on Airlift 1000 for best mod upgrade there.

Next, my dr. window drags/sometimes stalls too. The motor's weakened over age. You can lube the track maybe, run pure 12v. and a relay to boost the juice, or outright replace the motor. I elected to do none of all 3 options so far.

As Fastwood says, our senders are... "lengendary" for growing tired over the years and leaving us empty at perfectly great times. A new sender is the only real fix, but I never heard of one reading All Full all the time, - they usually just don't ever go all the way to empty even when dry. Do a search there too.

lots of quirks with our beasts. - you likely escaped many for now with those low miles and previous pampering.

Good buy - welcome aboard matey.
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-01-2006, 12:08 PM
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If the gauge is reading full all the time it means there is an open in the electrical circuit, probably the wire going from the sending unit to the gas gauge. Check this first before dropping the money on a sending unit.
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-01-2006, 04:22 PM
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hope that works. sorry but i don't have any pictures in the daylight yet.


thanks for the help, i'm gonna get under the hood of the car tonight for the first time. i haven't even had a look under the hood yet except for when i glanced at it when i bought it. It's a 96, burgundy on burgundy, no sunroof. so far i've put some 20's which are black with a polished lip, tinted the window and upgraded the stereo.

I let my buddy connect the RCA's and remote turn on from my deck.. i'm starting to think he pinched a wire on that big harness running behind the deck while screwing around in there. he's not known for his workmanship. dammmit. if it shows all full when the circuit is open this sounds like a sure thing....

how do these things handle with no air assist??
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-01-2006, 05:41 PM
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Are those the kmc dimes or tens i was looking at those
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-01-2006, 08:36 PM
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I gotta see more pics, I was looking at the dimes and considering black cause they are so cheap.

Mo pics please !
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-02-2006, 07:13 AM
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Looks like you have all your questions/concerns already answered here by the wonderful Fleetwood crew!

Congrats on the new ride, more daylight pics!
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-04-2006, 03:52 PM
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here's another pic of my ride in a little more light. i think i'm a vampire because i only seem to do things past 4:30 most of the time. i need to get a nice sunshine pic to really do this thing justice. what blow my mind about this car is on the exterior and interior there is not a single flaw. paint/body/chrome/leather all have no scratches or dents or anything for that matter.



the wheels are demoda df1 i think... 20 X 8.5. i wish i found this forum before i bought the rims otherwise i would have got them in x 9 wide. i'm about to take them off for the winter so maybe in the spring i will use som spacers to bring them to the edge more.. possibly get wider tires too.. mine are 245 i think..
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