We are making headway on the ML AMG 5.5 Project–past few weeks we have been focused on resealing the engine. The main and rod bearings, oil pump, windage tray, oil pan are now all complete. Next up is the intake gaskets and a good clean before we begin planning the intercooler for the Supercharger and fuel management.
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Its time to put our engine stock to good use. We currently have a 5.5L AMG Natural Aspirated and a 5.5L AMG Supercharged engine waiting to a transplant of new life to a Mercedes chassis. We recently just acquired a 1999 Mercedes-Benz ML320 with 117K on it that needs some more horses. This ML will undergo a transplant and go from 210HP to 360HP along with suspension upgrades, AMG wheels, and other goodies. Its going to be an interesting build that will require factory Mercedes harness. The fuel management will likely be from a C43 AMG (W202) but once we get into it we will document this process.
This weeks interesting job was on a clients Mercedes E350. Customer stated the radio, navigation, screen was complete black (in-op). Checked the basics and everything looked normal, but after connecting our Star diagnostics, it showed no communication with the command unit.
Once we replaced the command unit supplied from Mercedes-Benz direct (factory part), we loaded the telematic DVD that is only supplied from Mercedes headquarters to authorized independent shops. We then mated the unit to the vehicle permanently thru SCN coding.
Proof you need to take your vehicle to the proper repair facility to get the job done right. Our client now has his E350 wagon back on the road working correctly, good thing because he drove 2 hours to have this work done here.