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Old 06-30-2016, 05:30 AM   #15
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I'd like to go ahead and get one and have it on hand, if not installed, sooner than later.
Install it as soon as you get it. There is no good reason to keep using the plastic one even one day longer than you have to.
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Old 06-30-2016, 06:20 AM   #16
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Protag is correct. It WILL fail.

When we put our Riordan in, it became our Interstate's third in 26,000 miles. The previous owner had his original fail while traveling, but apparently he wasn't tech-savvy because he had it replaced under warranty with the very same unit, which would have failed again had we not replaced it preemptively.
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Old 06-30-2016, 06:25 AM   #17
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We've only had to replace our resonator once, while traveling, and it was 6-7 years ago.

We were in Kentucky and found a dealer near Knoxville who took care of it.


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Old 06-30-2016, 07:32 AM   #18
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Install it as soon as you get it. There is no good reason to keep using the plastic one even one day longer than you have to.

Protag...how easy is this to install? If I order today with expedited shipping, I have a really good chance of getting it tomorrow or Saturday. My husband goes back on the road Sunday. I'm kicking myself for not paying more attention when my brother and I repaired machinery for my dad's business (he was a general contractor, so there was almost always something happening to a bulldozer, excavator, dump truck, etc.). My brother can take an engine apart, put it back together and it'll work...me? Not so much. My husband has even less mechanical skills than I.

Is it "so easy a caveman could do it?"
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Old 06-30-2016, 08:12 AM   #19
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Protag...how easy is this to install? If I order today with expedited shipping, I have a really good chance of getting it tomorrow or Saturday. My husband goes back on the road Sunday. I'm kicking myself for not paying more attention when my brother and I repaired machinery for my dad's business (he was a general contractor, so there was almost always something happening to a bulldozer, excavator, dump truck, etc.). My brother can take an engine apart, put it back together and it'll work...me? Not so much. My husband has even less mechanical skills than I.

Is it "so easy a caveman could do it?"
My husband installed ours in about 30 minutes. The job went so fast that I didn't even have time to see or document what happened.
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Ah, but InterBlog, I've read your blog and know your husband has extensive automotive experience. My husband is a city boy who was never a tinkerer of engines. Golf clubs, yes. Automotive stuff, nope.
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Old 06-30-2016, 08:51 AM   #21
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Ah, but InterBlog, I've read your blog and know your husband has extensive automotive experience. My husband is a city boy who was never a tinkerer of engines. Golf clubs, yes. Automotive stuff, nope.
Might check for some Youtube videos. I'm always surprised by what you can find re: DIY stuff there.
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Old 06-30-2016, 01:21 PM   #22
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Found one:
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...7297&FORM=VIRE

Recommend looking at it and if you're comfortable doing it, give it a shot. I always take a pic or two of anything I take apart as my memory isn't as good as it was in younger days. The guy is a little hard to understand but captions explain the high points.

Edit: Easier to understand:
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...=0&FORM=VDQVAP
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Sorry so late to answer golf pro AI---
Absolutely change it as soon as possible, you never know when it will crack. I had mine changed when I took it in for service at a Dodge-Sprinter dealer because those early Sprinter mechanics learned the nuances of the TIN models.
The Mercedes dealers would NOT install any after market parts. The mechanic that installed the resonator has done forty to fifty aluminum, and my understanding is that many Dodge-Sprinter dealers used the aluminum ones after having many OEM plastics break after replacement under warranty.
Replacement is not difficult, so buy aluminum replacement and call around to find a Sprinter mechanic and you"ll probably find the person to keep your new home-away from home in tip top condition. AEW
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Nope, I don't own an AI but I do run two diesels, my '05 Dodge and a '00 VW TDI. Between them over 400,000 miles. My advice to anyone running a diesel, even if you don't know how to install it buy and carry with you a fuel filter.

Get it from the shop or supplier that you trust and just carry it with you. Someday, somewhere you can get a tank of dirty fuel, power will drop, etc. If you have one it may be pretty simple to find someone that can help or will change it and you are using your trusted brand filter. Maybe even print out a filter change how to do it from a manual and keep it with the filter.

Clean fuel is absolutely critical to a healthy long running diesel.
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Unifreck...thank you. We were just at MB for routine maintenance before my husband heads out on the road for an 8 week stretch. We asked if they would install the Turbo Resonator, but as you already know, MB won't utilize non-MB parts. My husband leaves for Findley Lake, NY on Sunday. If we can't find someone local that we trust to install it tomorrow, I've found a diesel guy in Findley Lake who said if I send the instruction sheet and the part, he'll get it properly installed for us (especially if it only takes 30 minutes).
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