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1 Index of site content
'A'Class,Elegance,160/2002,875 Mango Green.
FAQ (Frequently asked questions
location of various components/service points, Oil, Coolant, Fuel, Brake Fluid, Tyres,
Working Around & Under Your Car. Jack, blocks, wedges, safe practice, D.I.Y Ramp.
Remote fob/keys, locking features, auto locking feature.
Information Ref New /Replacement keys updated
locking features extracted from owners handbook .
No Owners Handbook Then read this to get the best from your car's locking system.
Remote fob/keys, Replacing a damaged case on an otherwise working remote key.
Main lighting Switch.
Parking, Side, Head, Fog, High visibility
Interior lighting & Components.
Replacement of Bulbs. Air Sensor Location.
Headlight Assembly & Bulb Replacement Location, Type of bulb etc. type of fittings
Bulbs Continued . Indictor Repeater/Wing /Removal.
Rear light Assemblies. Bulbs layout. H/L Stop Light. H/Vis brake Light.
Special Note reversing light switch defects
Filler. flap. Emergency. Release. Smells, Filler flexible joint, Filter, Tank, Pump, Sender unit
. Fuel filter. New Material /revised.
Battery location, Removal, Recharging
Battery Compartment, Main Fuse box & Relay location
Battery & Replacement Rating, Fit New Battery
Fuse & Relay Allocation'A'160/2002
Note. Fuses vary for different models
Manufacturers Allocation Fuses & Relays
Air Filter Replacement Air filter housing removal.
Filter Housing Removal/Assembly
Audio, Storage, Carpets, Gig/lighter/Uses, High visibility Clothing.
ESP/ABS, Brake Servo and stop /brake light switch
Rear Brake Assembly.
Rear Brake Drum/Shoes, Rear Suspension.
Rear Suspension. Rear springs, Procedure
Sub frame, Suspension, shock absorbers, hub, swinging arms.
Replace rear Shock absorbers
Replace Rear Springs
Trailing Arms. Replacement/ Repair/Hub Bearing Replacement.
Detection, Procedures, Part numbers.
Bonnet Release Mechanism/Service
Lubrication, switch location
Carbon/Pollen Filter (Activated) Replacement, A160/2002
Services to 5th Door (Boot-lid)
Rear washer hose, Radio aerial, Vacuum hose, Electrics etc.
Boot Lid Stuck,/ Replace Gas filled boot Lid Support Struts
Closed, Boot lock details, removing boot door lining,
Front Suspension, ABS
Drop links, Strut/Shock Absorber, Anti-Roll Bar, Drive/Shaft, Track/Rod Ends.
F/Brake Pad Inspection/Replacement
fitting shims 4/05 information to service your brakes.
Front Brake Calliper Inspection, Repair & Replacement.
Including bleeding of brakes
Drop links Replacement.
Part Numbers ,tips, fitting procedure.
Replacing Spark plugs, Tips on removing ignition module and cover..
Air Conditioning. Re-gassing
Procedure & Test, Water under car after run?
Towing facilities. Trailer & Electrics. Car breakdown
Towing Facilities. Tow Bar. Trailer. Wiring Diagrams.
Engine Problems & Enlarged pictures of 'A' Class Engine. Starter location
Diagram's showing 'V' pulley Belt
Exhaust System 160/2002.
Complete System Layout.
Technical data, Re-set Assyst Technical data Weight and dimensions
Seats, removal, adjustment, arm rests, seat adjuster repair, Seat belts, Warning ref, replacing rear seats.
Sensor's various Locations & use
Mass Air Flow Sensor Failure
History, cause, cure, cost, remove, repair/ replace options.
SRS(Supplemental Restraint Systems)Seat belts and Air bags
Child safety in your 'A' Class
Windows ,doors, child seats, Child Seats & the Law.
Take precautions against water /coolant damage.
Windscreen Wipers and washers
Wipers, Wiper motors, S/Wash front & Rear, S/Wash Pump, Reservoir. Replacement Blades
Coolant System Drain & Refill
Capacity, protection, Location of valves, Fan Controller
Interior illumination of components.
what's lit when
Instrument Cluster Bulb replacement.
Procedure face lift. After 1/3/2001 Feb 2006, Link to Pre-Face lift model.
SERVICING procedures for change of:- Oil, Air filter, inspection of poly 'V' belt. etc
Service schedule for A160/2002/Petrol.
Sample service sheets added 23/01/07
New requirements as of January 2012
Steering Column, Steering Rack, Power Steering Pump. Stop that annoying clicking/clonking when you slightly turn the steering wheel to & fro
Steering Column, Steering Wheel & Associated Components.
Car Alarm, Scorpion
Features, horn/alarm unit, movement sensors, touch keys & advanced information.
Paintwork, Damage to small areas
Stone chips minor accidental damage.
Electric windows/ Removing Inner Door panels. Replacing faulty Door locks. Replacing defective Door Hinges.
Abrasion and damage Electrical Loom. water hoses etc
Mirrors external /internal.
assembly replacing glass component parts.
Remove, Repair/Replace Side Sill's. colour coding, Removing under-floor pans.
Poly 'V' Belt & Timing chain details ,Inspection & replacement. Alternators location type.
Manual Clutch Information.
Manual Gearbox (716 501)Fluid spec, Change, Reversing switch, loss of 3rd & 5th gears.
Fully Automatic gearbox transmission
Replacement of K1 clutch/Fully Automatic gearbox transmission New 28/1/2015
ACS Auto Clutch-less gearbox /Auto Clutch system transmissions
ACS Auto Clutch-less Conversion to Fully manual transmission
Items Exterior, Horns (fanfare) location.
Screen Wash Components, Fitting M/Flaps. Polish
Heater/Blower/Fan and problems. Replacement of vents
Replace your own blower resister and save £££
Spare Wheel & Tyre Care. Pressure, Wear, Defects,
Electric windows ,
operation re-setting , isolation
'Parktronic' Type Reversing Sensors
installation, function, operation.
Buying your used 'A' Class
Retail Private. tips .
Location , information.
Starter Motor cut out relay
Location , information.
Alternative method of changing starter motor
Location , information.
Lamella Sliding Roof (DVD only)
Memoscan OBD2 Portable hand Diagnostic Equipment.
EOBD/OBD2 fault codes/list
Replace Ignition Switch Contacts/Mechanism
Combination Switch , operation, repair ,replace.
Links to information/modifications to cooling/heating system for extreme winter conditions
Pages 73 to 89 are unused
Companies offering discounts to readers of this site.
Consumables Spray & Shine, Engine Treatment, Fuel System Treatment, Rain-away, No-fog, Screen Wash tablets.10% discount available.
Emergency Battery pack Jump start Facility, Emergency Lighting, Mini Compressor , 12volt socket,
Ecotek CB26P Performance Tech.
New with 10% off RRP for my readers
'Indic8tor' Speed Management Unit,
Links, Useful & interesting
links that could save you hundreds of pounds.
Alex's starter motor experience.
tips and information.
A170 Diesel fuel injector leaking & sticking problem,
User Instructions for lofty's 'A' Class Ignition Module Cover removal tools.
Torque Wrench Conversion Table & Settings.
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