Now I know why there are no videos of it. By the time someone is done with taking it all out, they are so angry they smash the camera!
The battery came out easily enough. But then you have to take out the battery tray. That SOB has two visible bolts and no less than three nearly invisible ones! Took two out but the thread was behind the fluid reservoir for the windshield wipers for the last one. That had two bolts of its own so I thought it would be easy to take out. But no... There is some kind of mechanism underneath that holds down. The two screws allowed me to pull the tank far enough back to unscrew the last bolt holding the tray. Of course as I take out the tray, the bolt falls and goes where bolts go not to be found again
. Even if I found it, I don't know how I can screw it back in.
Took me two hours to do a 10 minute job. Sweat like a pig. Used just about every tool in my toolbox.
And get this, once you take the tray out, there is nothing but two plastic tabs holding the ECU!!! No bolts, no nothing. Push them apart and it pops out! Should have had this guy design the battery tray.
We curse Airstream frequently. I think on this front Mercedes deserves some.
Will be shipping the ECU off tomorrow. Hopefully I can back to a working machine before end of the week.