W460 Windscreen Washer Reservoir

krister

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Hi all

I need to buy a new reservoir for my 1985 280GE's windscreen washer. The old one was perished and removed before I bought it - so I don't know what it looks like. Is it possible to use another MB model's reservoir or is it fairly unique?

Any advice will be appreciated...
 

Alan

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Try Trevor Nicholas on the South Coast.
Use the search function to get his number.
 

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You might want to actually phone him since he is not active on WA. Only way is to phone.
 

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Krister,

I believe the original bottle is no longer available via the MB dealers as a spare part but you can try them. It looks similar to this: https://www.authenticclassics.com/230SL-250SL-280SL-Washer-Resevoir-Tube-p/auth-002632.htm

The width of the original bottle is about 75 mm, not as thin (slender) as the one in the link above.

Due to exposure to the engine's heat and stones thrown up from below these bottles are prone to breakage as they age.

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Krister,

I believe the original bottle is no longer available via the MB dealers as a spare part but you can try them. It looks similar to this: https://www.authenticclassics.com/230SL-250SL-280SL-Washer-Resevoir-Tube-p/auth-002632.htm

The width of the original bottle is about 75 mm, not as thin (slender) as the one in the link above.

Due to exposure to the engine's heat and stones thrown up from below these bottles are prone to breakage as they age.

Regards
Thanks, Van! I'll try MB as well...
 

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Hi,
There are two types, the one in Van's message, and one that fits into the fender behind the head light.

If its the one in Van's message it going to be allot cheaper to just use a good water bottle from pick n pay.

My one sits in the fender I got a new one from MB about three years ago.

It's best to get an EPC to check which parts you need and check the part number before going to MB. The parts people behind the counter normally battle to find what you need.

You can Google for a free MB EPC on the Internet...you can also search this forum.

Good luck
Rudolf
 

krister

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Hi,
There are two types, the one in Van's message, and one that fits into the fender behind the head light.

If its the one in Van's message it going to be allot cheaper to just use a good water bottle from pick n pay.

My one sits in the fender I got a new one from MB about three years ago.

It's best to get an EPC to check which parts you need and check the part number before going to MB. The parts people behind the counter normally battle to find what you need.

You can Google for a free MB EPC on the Internet...you can also search this forum.

Good luck
Rudolf
Thanks, Rudolf! I will definitely check out the EPC first. It looks like mine sat on the fender on a platform similar to the battery platform, tied down with a leather strap/belt... It is difficult to be sure as it was removed already when I took ownership of the vehicle. I would like to keep the vehicle stock so it would be great to have the correct (or at least a similar OEM) part.
 

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Check under the wheel arch in front of the left front wheel...just behind the head light. My '84 280ge reservoir sits there.

I could be wrong but I think what you described was the bottle jack holder next to the battery tray.

The filler hole for the reservoir should sit next to where the stay that holds the bonnet up is mounted....if that makes sense.
 

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Check under the wheel arch in front of the left front wheel...just behind the head light. My '84 280ge reservoir sits there.

I could be wrong but I think what you described was the bottle jack holder next to the battery tray.

The filler hole for the reservoir should sit next to where the stay that holds the bonnet up is mounted....if that makes sense.
Thanks, Rudolf. I'll have a look...
 

krister

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Check under the wheel arch in front of the left front wheel...just behind the head light. My '84 280ge reservoir sits there.

I could be wrong but I think what you described was the bottle jack holder next to the battery tray.

The filler hole for the reservoir should sit next to where the stay that holds the bonnet up is mounted....if that makes sense.
Rudolf, thank you for your useful instructions. I was looking at the wrong place! I found the reservoir (which I notice is actually UNDER the fender) so it was never actually removed. I filled it and found that it is leaking only at the top where there is a seal between the body and the reservoir (where the pump connects). I suspect it is leaking where the pump inserts into the reservoir, so it might be a much easier fix and I might not need a complete new reservoir after all. Thank you for educating me!
 

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krister, I recently bought this seal from MB. (No17 on the attached) A123 997 36 81 @ R44.05
 

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